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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pedicures and a Give-away!


Most of us think of a pedicure as a simple process of applying fresh polish to those tacky toes. But there is actually a purpose to this process that is often understated. The health and protection of your feet and skin need to be kept in mind as you prepare your tootsies for this season. Whether you are a do it yourself at home pedi or a salon maven, these are the tips to keep in mind for a season of toe baring bliss!

  1. Use a pumice stone.Walking around in our flip flops all summer does a number on your feet. It dries your feet out causing that lovely sandpaper feeling on your heels after only a couple of weeks. For some it will eventually lead to cracked and bleeding heels. The best way to combat this occurrence is to use a pumice stone on your heels. Sand them gently every day in your shower to keep the build up from occurring.  
  2. Protect your heels. If you can sleep at least half the night with a pair of aloe socks on, your heels will love you for it! Cover your feet and especially your heels with a thick coat of body butter and put your socks on before bed. 
  3. Clean up the cuticle. Push back the cuticles with a fresh orange-wood stick or a metal cuticle pusher only after they have been soaking or when you get out of the shower first thing. The skin will be soft and easy to push back. Be very careful in doing this that you don’t end up breaking the skin. This will prevent your cuticle from getting overgrown and peeling away.
  4. Trim the nails. Toenails are very susceptible to becoming ingrown if you do not tend to them. By keeping the nails at a shorter length but not too short you will decrease your chance of creating an environment for painful, ingrown nails.  
  5. Be salon savvy. Play it safe when you go to a salon for a pedicure. Watch to see how thorough the pedicure spa is being cleaned. I prefer it when the salon runs bleach or some other EPA sterilizer through a short cycle with the jets on between clients. But many will not take the time to do this. Ask or watch to be sure.
  6. Save the shave. If you are not sure about sterilization of the foot spa, don’t shave your legs right before a pedicure. Bacteria can live in the pipes. Your skin is a strong barrier that keeps bacteria out. Shaving creates microscopic cuts on your legs. Shave after the pedi or do it at least 2-3 days before. 
  7. Massage. Need I say more? The one thing you can’t really get at home if you are the DIY type, is the relaxing massage that you can get at the salon. The massage helps to move the fluids around, preventing cankles or fluid build up in the legs. And we all know that massage is a wonderful stress reducer. 
Enjoy your season of sandals and sand! Hope you get time to head to Tahoe and enjoy the lake with pretty new toes sometime soon. I know I plan to! Have a great week. 
Thanks for stopping by the blog. 
Leave a comment for a chance to win a free pedicure! 


10 comments:

  1. I love your blog Michon! Thank you fo sharing all the wonderful beauty secrets with us!
    I can't wait for next week's post.
    Kat

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Kat! You are entered to win! Good luck! :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing your blog! Looking forward to getting my hair done with you on Thursday. Looking for a more two tone this time around. Please enter me in for a chance to win a pedi!!!

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    1. Thanks Laura! I am looking forward to your appointment! Can’t wait to play with more tones! You are entered to win! Good luck! :)

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  3. Hi Michon!! You are awesome and I love your salon. You've come a long ways since that other place. Your willingness to share with others is unsurpassed. Keep up the great work. I am already looking forward to next St. Baldrick's.

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    1. Thank you Lonnie!! You are awesome! Thank you for all your support! Your name is entered! Is this for you or Cheryl? hehe :)

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  4. Michon, you are talented in so many ways, in the salon, and out of the salon...now your blogs are helping us! THANK YOU, for helping us look our best!!!!

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    1. thank you Chante! You are so awesome!! You are entered to win the pedicure! Good Luck! :)

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  5. So many great tips for the next time I get a pedicure. Thanks Michon!!!

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    1. Thank you Heidi! Hope you had a fantastic birthday! You are entered to win the pedicure! Good Luck!

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