💅Pedicure Do’s and Don’ts Every Woman Needs to Know
Whether you do it yourself or go to the salon, follow these essential do’s and don’ts that are universal to pedicures!
Are you in desperate need of a pedicure? Perhaps you’ll choose to do it yourself to save some money or you’ll dash out to the nearest nail salon to let a pro handle it. Whatever you do though, it’s important to always follow the golden rules of pedicures to look your best and avoid painful problems down the road.
Let our do’s and don’ts be your guide in getting the best pedicure!
If you’re getting a manicure too, don’t mix and match nail polish colors between hands and feet. It will look the best when it’s the same shade but if that’s not possible, a coordinating color should be selected rather than going from one extreme to the other.
Take care of your calluses. At home or the salon, they should be soaked for a minimum of 5 minutes. You can buff them with a pumice stone to safely remove dead skin and give your feet a softer look and feel, but never use a razor to shave off hardened bits. If a salon technician tries, don’t allow it. You can risk an infection that will require a trip to the doctor to resolve. The same rules apply for cuticles too!
Never ignore the state of your toenails. It’s always important to remove your old nail polish from time to time to check out the health of the nails underneath. Some staining from old polish is normal with darker shades. You can lighten them with lemon juice after using a non-acetone nail polish remover. However, if you notice that your nails are also brittle and thick, it’s a sign you could have a fungal infection and should see your doctor about it as soon as possible.
Clean your salon tools before and after each use. If you go to a nail salon, you can also bring your own tools. You don’t want to risk getting an infection with something that hasn’t been cleaned properly. When using a new salon, inquire about how they clean their tools between clientele. Any good salon will be transparent about their hygiene and safety features.
Whatever you do when you go for a salon pedicure, don’t hop on the bandwagon of strange trends. One of the most unusual in recent years is the fish pedicure where you submerge your feet in a tub with fish that nibble at them. The fish can damage your nail beds, plus there’s no way to clean the fish so they can spread infections to everyone that uses it. On top of that, it’s just not humane.
Enjoy a professional pedicure when you’re pregnant. As long as the tools are properly sterilized, there is no harm to your or the baby with the chemicals in nail polish. The odors may be another thing but in a well-ventilated place, they shouldn’t bother you as much.
It’s not weird for a man to get a pedicure too. If you see a guy in the salon, kudos to him. Don’t make fun since plenty of men have the ‘man’ version of both manicures and pedicures. It mostly involves buffing the nails and feet to have a clean and fresh appearance.
Make sure you’re using the right nail polish remover to take off old paint. Acetone removers are the best for dark colors, gel, or shellac. However, acetone is very drying and harsh so you’ll have to pamper your nails after that. Non-acetone nail polish remover is also an option to reduce the harshness, however it takes a lot more work to get off old polish this way.
Elle Woods definitely got lucky in Legally Blonde when she found Paulette to give her a manicure when she was upset. But that’s the movies and this is reality! Before you go to a new nail salon, make sure to do your homework first. See that the employees are washing their hands between clients and cleaning their equipment. If the smell is overly strong, it’s a clue the ventilation isn’t very good. Check out cosmetology licenses which should be on display and have a current date on them too. And remember, any good salon is happy to show you around and let you see their standards of practice because they have nothing to hide.
Do keep in mind that these tips always apply whether you’re attempting your own pedicure or treating yourself to a professional one. The rules of nail care are simple and finite so follow them every time!
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You have got great skin. But the one thing that stops you from stepping out naturally without any makeup is the dark skin around your mouth. Is this true? You have tried everything from DIYs to skin lightening creams. But the pigmentation around your mouth has remained your stubborn friend, right Why Is The Skin Around My Mouth Dark? 1. Hyperpigmentation 2. Weather Conditions Sun exposure and darkening of the skin. In very cold weather, if you lick your lips and the area around it too often, it can discolour the skin and make it look darker How Do You Get Rid Of Hyperpigmentation Around The Mouth? 1. Exfoliate If you exfoliate the area around your mouth regularly with a gentle exfoliator, it can remove dead cells and help to lighten the skin. Opt for a chemical exfoliant as it will not scrape the skin which in turn may worsen the condition. 2. OTC Skin-Brightening Creams Skin brightening creams can be effective in reducing the dark area around the mouth. Look for ingredients such as glabridin (a licorice extract), kojic acid, vitamin C, grape seed extract, azelaic acid , arbutin, curcumin or niacinamide, These block the production of tyrosinase which is needed by the skin to make melanin. 3. Acid Peels Your dermatologist may use a salicylic acid or glycolic acid peel to treat the dark skin around your mouth. However, these peels do not offer a permanent solution and the pigmentation can return. These peels penetrate deep into the skin to repair the damaged cells. Post treatment precautions like staying out of the sun, applying sunscreen and protecting the skin can make the effect of the peels last longer 6. Natural Remedies You can also use natural remedies to treat the dark skin around your mouth. Most of these natural ingredients can be found in your kitchen. Unless you have an allergy to any of these, you can try using them to get rid of the pigmented skin. ￼Exfoliate with Papaya Papaya has fruit acids known as alpha-hydroxy acids, which is a chemical exfoliantAHAs are used for dry skin and to anti-age, and works to improve skin by removing the top layers of the skin through weakening the lipids that bond them together, thus removing dull and dead skin cells and revealing healthy skin cells. ￼Soothe Skin and Reduce Spots with Almond Oil The presence of Vitamin E and niacin help with hyperpigmentation and improving skin tone,” she says. Because sweet almond oil is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) you can add it to your nightly routine as a makeup remover or moisturizer to help protect the skin barrier. ￼Reverse Photo Damage with Tomatoes Tomatoes are naturally rich in lycopene, which has multiple health benefits, including sun protection ￼Brighten with Yogurt breaks down dead skin cells thanks to lactic acid, which is found naturally in dairy products. Using a yogurt with cow’s milk could be effective in calming the skin, since it has lactic acid. Lactic acid is an AHA, which improves discoloration and age spots
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