What are the benefits of a pedicure?

Regular pedicures not only help keep feet looking pretty, they also keep nails trimmed, calluses controlled and skin moisturized. In addition, a foot massage helps to relieve tension and stimulate circulation. Treat yourself to a salon or spa pedicure or pamper your feet at home. Start by cutting toenails straight across with a toenail clipper then shaping nails with a cushion file. Next, refresh feet with a 10 minute foot soak using a large bowl or inflatable pedi bath. Smooth away dry skin and calluses with a sloughing lotion, foot file, salt scrub or pumice stone. For an extra treat, use a moisturizing, softening foot masque to condition the skin. Rinse and dry feet, then massage them with a foot lotion or massage oil. Before polishing nails, remove all traces of oil or lotion with a cotton swab soaked in polish remover. To give your pedicure the perfect finish, use a professional-quality base coat, followed by two coats of nail lacquer and protective top coat. Allow polish to dry completely.