Pedicure without Polish at Shumaila’s
Toes may hide under shoes and boots most of the time, but they deserve as much attention as the fingers. A good pedicure is more than just beautifying the toes; it is an excellent way to relax and pamper the feet. Well-tended feet are also less likely to have problems such as ingrown toenails, cracked heels, and calluses.
A pedicure may focus on pretty polish, but it should involve the whole foot and even without the polish the feet should look pretty. A proper pedicure will also keep nails looking neat longer, extending the time between pedicures even without the polish. We here at Shumaila’s provide you with a professional to help you get the best pedicure without polish.
Getting a Clean Start on a Pedicure
The first step to giving a pedicure like a pro is polish removal. Because toes get more protection than fingers, polish typically lasts until new nail growth makes fresh polish necessary. We apply nail polish remover to a lint-free cotton pad and hold the saturated pad to the toenail for a few seconds to loosen the polish by press the pad and sliding it from cuticle to tip to remove most of the polish. By using the edge of the pad we erase any traces of polish along the edges of the nails.
Polish removers are available with or without acetone, and both varieties have their advantages. Acetone-free nail polish remover is less drying to nails and cuticles, but it does not remove polish as quickly. It may be necessary to use more of the product to get the same clean removal. The acetone polish remover is more effective, but it can dry nails and has a strong smell.
After removing old polish, we soak your feet in a tub or basin for about 10 to 15 minutes. Water is an enemy to nail polish, but a friend to dry skin, so we let the feet soak only until your soles feel soft. Longer soaking can lead to chipped polish later. During the soak, we scrub the toes with a brush to clean beneath them.
Smooth Roughened Skin
After the soles are softened with a soak and towel-dried, we smooth away calluses and rough patches with pedicure tools. Stones, files, and foot shavers are designed to remove thickened skin and leave the feet feeling soft and healthy. We use these tools with care; they are meant to remove dead skin, so stop frequently and check the surface to ensure that healthy skin is undamaged. They come in many shapes and styles, but smoothing implements fall into two categories.
Foot and heel files range from strips of sandpaper to metal scrapers that shave away thin layers of skin. Some devices resemble small graters and trap excess skin, making clean-up after a pedicure easier. Razor-like implements must be used with caution. Their sharp edges can easily cut into soft skin with improper use, so we follow proper and professional instructions.
Moisturize and Massage
Softening and removing dry skin makes moisturizers much more effective. Follow soaking, scrubbing, and sanding with a richly emollient moisturizer. The soles are naturally thick, so they can tolerate a creamy moisturizer that might feel too heavy for the face or hands. We take the time to massage the feet while applying the moisturizer, paying particular attention to the arches and balls of the feet.
We use a cuticle stick or a soft towel to push cuticles away from the nail bed. Soaking and moisturizing should leave cuticles soft enough to push easily. Toes are less sensitive than fingers, so the professionals have to be careful with sticks and use gradual, gentle motions.
Shape and Trim Toenails
Trimming and shaping nails not only beautifies them, but it also reduces wear on shoes and helps prevent ingrown toenails. We here shape your toenails with a clipper and smooth their edges with an emery board. We cut the toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. Unlike fingernails that bend and split when cut straight across, the thicker, flatter shape of toenails can withstand firm clipping. After shaping, we buff the toenails with a bit of nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab to clean them of any residual moisturizer or nail dust. Clean, well-shaped toes look good enough to go without polish. If desired, shine bare toenails with a buffing tool. Buff to a moderate shine instead of a high gloss; over-buffing removes too much of the nail’s upper layer and can cause splitting as the nail grows.