The best tools for home pedicures
Grooming our feet is the kind of task that many of us put off or avoid until the last possible moment, which is the first sandal encounter of spring. Dealing with calluses, cracked heels, and sad, neglected toes isn’t really fun. But, with the right tools (and a little patience), the process is surprisingly easy. Once you’ve taken the basic, uncomplicated skincare steps – buffing, smoothing, softening – your feet look remarkably refreshed. Polish is an additional credit at this point.
During the pandemic, when there was no choice but to DIY, I embraced foot care. Interestingly, a lot of so-called “spa” pedicure steps aren’t essential: soaking your feet in water, for example, causes your nails to swell and then shrink when dry, which can weaken your polish and create chips. Plus, the more expensive varnishes don’t always come with the easiest brushes to use – avoid those with rounded bristles and long handles, which can be difficult to control and lead to smudging. Finally, if you’re tempted to blow your toes off with a hair dryer to speed up drying time, don’t: hot air can melt your polish, creating imprints on the surface. A regular fan that blows cold air works, as does just letting your toes air dry.
Here are the easiest (stress-free) ways to get your feet in shape for the summer.
Don’t rub, cut or file your calluses – use this foot peel instead
This cult Japanese mask peels all the dead skin off your feet, with deeply satisfying results. Simply slip your feet into the slippers, which are coated with powerful exfoliators including lactic and glycolic acid (don’t worry, there’s no tingling), sit with them for an hour, then remove. and rinse your feet. At first, nothing happens. Five to seven days later, however, your skin begins to peel and flake (again, painlessly), which continues for a week (be prepared to wear socks during this time for the sake of all). It’s a little disgusting but incredibly effective, as Amazon’s 35,000 reviewers (many of whom have posted “before” photos of their dead skin – brace yourself) can attest to.
Cure cracked heels with a cream that works like no other
This super effective cream is the sister of hand chemistry, which followers rub into their faces because it works so well in firming and hydrating the skin. The foot formula is equally miraculous (but no longer an insider’s secret) and filled with sea mud, calendula and glycerin – think of it like La Mer for your feet, at a much more affordable price.
Keep Feet Flawless with Toner at Night
Similar to a rejuvenating toner for your face, these newly launched pads are soaked in beta-hydroxy acids (salicylic and L-lactic acids) to remove dead skin buildup and dirt. Simply run the tampon over your feet at the end of the day (no need to rinse.)
Clean feet in the shower with a soft bristle brush
This brush is technically designed for full body exfoliation, but it’s especially great for cleaning your feet, with soft bristles that can slip between your toes. The practical strap makes it easy to grip in the shower and then you can hang it up to dry. Handcrafted from oak and produced only in limited quantities, this relaxing brush is so popular it sells out often (a backup: Bathing Culture’s Mini Face Brush does the trick, too.)
Get a cuticle trimmer with a smaller jaw
The advice to never cut your cuticles is only partially true, you should push back this skin gently with an orange stick, but you can cut off the excess pieces with a cuticle cutter. Manicurists love this Tweezerman pick with a ¼ jaw, which is smaller than the traditional ½ but easier to control, so you don’t accidentally slash your cuticles.
Rethink the traditional nail polish remover
Unlike your typical nail polish bottle that you have to tilt and pour, this awesome choice stays straight – just press your cotton pad on the pump to saturate it with the non-toxic nail polish remover which also conveniently helps condition and prepare your enamel. for polishing. As one reviewer put it, it’s “the coolest, most effective nail polish remover on the market.”
Enhance the look of every Polish application with this prep set
If your color is often streaked and patchy, this is most likely due to your base coat. This one fills in the gaps and ridges in your nails so that your polish is almost impossible to spoil. To prolong the result, this companion glossy topcoat somehow blurs out imperfections, and if you brush a little more and under the free edge of your nail, it prevents splinters.
Perfect your strokes with a Brush Hack
No standard nail polish brush can match this easy-to-grab option – just place it on any Olive + June bottle (ps testers say it works with other brands too) and you’ve got a large surface you can hang on to, which gives you so much more dexterity. Save this for your manicures as well, as it makes it easier to paint with your non-dominant hand.
Prepare for success with expertly designed polishes
These two varnishes have compact and easy to control brushes. Essie Couture Gel is a regular polish that mimics the long-lasting, dull effects of gel (and, most importantly, can be easily removed with regular nail polish remover.) JINsoon’s high-gloss colors are sought after for their fashionable appeal and versatility of shades. – seasonal collections are systematically favored by manicurists and nail art bloggers.
Prevent smudging with nail-art tools that also work for the toes
The difference between a professional manicure and a not-so-perfect DIY job is often the small spots on your skin. Nail art enthusiasts swear by Magique’s latex solution, which dries like glue around the perimeter of your nails to catch excess polish and act as a tampon. When you’re done, it peels off without removing your polish. Or dip the tip of Orly’s well-designed cleaning brush in a remover pad on your slips to make them disappear.
If you can’t fix it, cover it
No one has perfect toes, especially if you’re even a casual runner or like shoes that force your feet into unnatural positions. To quickly cover up bruised and torn nails, consider realistic fake options. These “nails” adhere easily (and stay in place when subjected to chlorine and salt water) and can be filed and painted with polish.