Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Scholl.
With the early arrival of sandal weather in most parts of Australia, now’s the time to get your tootsies summer ready! To give you the lowdown on the perfect at home pedicure, I’ve teamed up with foot care experts, Scholl, and rounded up a stack of simple tips and tricks that will have you putting your best foot forward.
The Secret to a Perfect At Home Pedicure
- Get the foundations right. Start by removing old nail polish. Fill a bath or basin with warm water, add a foot soak and then dip your feet in for five to ten minutes. This does more than just get your feet super clean, it also softens dead skin cells in preparation for exfoliation. Finishing by drying your feet well.
- Exfoliate. Slough off rough spots and dry skin on your feet. Gone are the days of scrubbing away for hours with a pumice stone! The battery-operated Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi with Diamond Crystals elevates exfoliation to the next level. The roller head has long-lasting, finely ground diamond crystals that buff away hard skin and cracked heels in an instant. Once your feet are as smooth as a baby’s bum, rinse them with warm water and then dry thoroughly.
- Moisturise. Apply moisturiser by rubbing on a rich foot cream. Pay particular attention to your heels which tend to dry out more easily than the rest of your foot.
- Cut and file. Gently ease back cuticles with a cuticle stick and use a clipper to trim your toenails straight across so they’re about even with the top of your toes (leave just a hint of white tip). Next, use the Scholl Electronic Nail Care System to softly round the outer edges of each nail. This nifty little product has replaced my old-school pedicure set because it comes with three different heads for filing, buffing and shining nails – which is great when you’re in a hurry and want to create a polished look without having to fuss around and apply clear nail polish.
- Perfect polish. Wipe off any moisturiser from your nails by using a damp cotton wool pad. Apply a base coat and then wait two minutes before applying your polish. Dip the brush into your polish and wipe off any excess. Then, place brush in the middle of your nail at the cuticle line and pull it toward the tip. Repeat on the sides. Wait two minutes before applying a second coat and then finish with a top coat that is applied…yes, you guessed it, after you have waited two minutes!
Bonus Nail Care Tip: If your nails have yellow stains from wearing polish for a long time, it’s best to give them a break and go sans pedicure for a couple of weeks. It’s also worth giving them a little TLC by rubbing a rich oil like Scholl Nail Care Oil in a few times a day. Enriched with seven oils, it helps moisturise and condition nails so they can get back to their tip top best.