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How to Make Your Pedicure Last Longer

Like most women, I look forward to throwing on my favorite flip flops during the warmer months. There’s also a fairly common ritual that most women undergo around this same time: the infamous pedicure. You know the one where after many months in closed-toed shoes, you’re pretty sure the nail technician may pass out upon seeing your neglected tootsies.

However, what can be even more frustrating than “pedicure embarrassment” is spending time and money on a treatment only to notice in a few short weeks, your nails are outgrown and chipped. On the upside, there is a way to extend the life of that precious pedicure according to Romi Schaffer, spa manager, Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo.

Photo Courtesy of Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo.

Photo Courtesy of Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo.

She offers three common-sense tips for stretching your pedi:

1. Avoid closed toed shoes and socks for 12-24 hours.
You want to ensure the color and top coat have fully set. Once you do wear closed-toed shoes, wear a soft cotton sock to act as a shield for the nails.

2.  Stay away from hot water for 12-24 hours.
Heated water causes slight swelling, which causes the nail to stretch and may separate the polish from the nail.

3.   Buff and moisturize.
Keep those feet moisturized and buffed. Have a pedicure file in the shower and use for 10-15 seconds on each foot daily to help minimize rough skin build up. At night, make sure to use a hydrating lotion or coconut oil. This will help with lengthening those results from callus removal.

My latest gel pedi, which is about a month old by Nail Technician Natalie Griep

My latest gel pedi, which is about a month old by Independent Nail Tech Natalie Griepp.

Schaffer recommends the popular, longer lasting gel pedicure. Occasionally, I love the gel pedicure as it does last longer than the standard. She does caution, though, that gel pedicures “may reduce the strength of your natural nail, can be difficult to remove (professional removal only), and are a steeper price point.”

Whichever one you do choose, proper, regular pedicures are not only good for your hard-working feet, but are a perfect way to pamper yourself. After all, our feet deserve it.

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.
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