Manicure & Pedicure Aftercare
It’s Manicure & Pedicure Season Again ! Here’s how to keep your manicure and pedicure looking good.
The following home-care routine will ensure your manicure will last well and keep your nails looking their best and in good condition.
- Rinse hands thoroughly with lukewarm water and dry them with a soft towel. Skin creases which are left wet can crack and become sore.
- Use hand cream or lotion after washing to lubricate and soften the skin.
- The health and strength of nails depends on a good supply of protein and also, iron, calcium, potassium, Vitamin B and iodine. A well-balanced diet contains all the nutrients essential for good health – and for your nails and hands.
- Use an emery board on a rough edge or split nails. Metal files should be avoided as they create heat in the nails which dries out the natural moisture and weakens them
- Buff the nails to a healthy pink shine before going to bed. This stimulates the supply of blood to the nails.
- Wear household gloves for wet jobs and any activities involving the use of chemicals, or apply barrier cream beforehand.
- Wear a barrier cream and gloves when going out in the cold. Use a richer hand cream during the winter months.
- Massage the hands each evening with a good quality hand cream before going to bed.
- Rub cuticle cream into the nails and cuticles at bedtime to keep them soft and pliable.
- Always apply a base coat under nail enamel to protect the nails and prevent them becoming stained.
- Avoid using nail enamel remover too often.
The following home-care routine will ensure your pedicure will last well and keep your feet and nails looking their best and in good condition.
- The feet should be washed at least once a day, finishing with a cold rinse. Dry the skin well, particularly between the toes. Scrubbing the feet briskly with a small firm brush not only helps to clean them but also stimulates the blood circulation and has an invigorating effect on the feet.
- Dusting the feet with a foot powder after bathing helps keep feet dry by absorbing sweat from the skin. The fungicide present in foot powders will help resist diseases such as athlete ’s foot.
- Excessively sweaty feet should be wiped twice a day with surgical spirit or cologne which has a cooling astringent effect on the skin. This should be followed by a liberal dusting of foot powder.
- Hard skin can be treated at home following a bath or shower with a pumice stone or callous file. Soften the treated area afterwards by massaging in a medicated foot cream or body lotion.