Fashion | 5 August 2015 09:47 CET

8 Ways To Make Your Pedicure Last

By Nkarenyi Ukonu

It's not uncommon to leave the salon and discover you have chipped nail polish. You can stub your toe, trip and scrape your new polish or smudge the color as you're putting sandals on to leave. One sure ways to damage your newly polished toes is to put on shoes. Even when you think your polish is dry the material can stick to newly-polished nails. Wearing shoes that are too tight increases your chances of a ruined pedicure. Besides, one may not have the luxury of time to get a nail salon appointment on a regular basis. Rather than leave out this beauty indulgence, learn how to get more mileage out of your polish.

Smooth it out: Having a nice polish on your toe nails can make your feet look more presentable but not if you have dry, callused skin. Use a pumice stone to regularly slough off dead skin from your feet to keep them soft, smooth and sandal worthy

Moisturize: If you're not already moisturizing on a regular basis, it's a must that you start. Moisturizing your feet not only helps your pedicure look better by keeping your skin and cuticles soft and hydrated, but it also helps your feet stay smooth and look great in between trips to the salon.

Carry cuticle oil: Another way to make your pedicure last is to carry a cuticle oil and keep your feet soft, moisturized and prevent the polish from chipping. Having rough or dry cuticles can mean painful hangnails and unsightly rough skin. Keep a small bottle of cuticle oil in your bag or at your desk to apply on your cuticles and nails one to two times a day to prolong the life of your pedicure

Top your topcoat: The top coat that the manicurist applied in the salon typically wears off in a couple of days, so prevent your polish from chipping and keep your toes looking fresh with a touch-up. It helps the toes to maintain its high shine and luster.

Keep them covered: This tip might go against the whole point of getting a pedicure but it's one to think about. Although we get pedicures in order to show off our well-groomed feet, constantly exposing them to the elements can lead to chipped or faded polish, or dry and rough skin. Of course it's okay to wear open toed shoes and sandals, but make sure you protect your feet and keep them covered on days you can.

Avoid heat: You might think that once you get fast-dry top coat on your nails, you are pretty much good to go, but not quite. Nail polish takes about 12 hours to harden so if you get your pedicure and run to the sauna or jump in a hot tub, you're running the risk of ruining your pedicure!

Bring your own polish: If you're unsure whether your nail salon carries new bottles of polish, why not bring your own? Many salons use nail polish thinners to prolong the shelf life of nail polish, so if you want to ensure you're really getting a fresh coat, bring your own nail olor. This way, you can do your own touch-ups if you accidentally smudge a toe nail.

Dodge fragrances: If you like to use scented body lotions, the fragrance in the lotion might not be great for your pedicure. Synthetic fragrances have been known to make nail polish crack, so when you're moisturizing your feet, go for unscented lotions or use essential oils to keep your skin soft.

Save money with an at-home pedicure

If you're trying to save money, you can easily give yourself a pedicure at home in between salon visits.

Soak your feet in a basin of warm water for 10 minutes to soften the skin and ease any aches and pains. To get the spa feeling, add a few drops of essential oil to the water for some instant aromatherapy.

Wash your feet with an exfoliating scrub to get rid of rough patches and remove dead skin. Tackle particularly dry areas with a pumice stone.

Trim nails making sure to trim straight across rather than in a curved fashion. This will help guard against painful ingrown toenails.

Soften cuticles by massaging toes with cuticle oil.

Moisturize feet with a rich cream, taking time to also massage tired calves and legs. Make sure there is no moisturizer left on your toes or the polish won't adhere.

Start with a clear base coat which will help stop nails from yellowing. Let dry and then add one coat of color.

Add a second coat of color and then a top coat so polish lasts longer. Let dry for at least 30 minutes, which means no shoes and no running around.

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