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Pretty From The Feet Up

making sure you’re pampered

MANY Spring and Summer brides might opt for wearing cool open-toe shoes or sandals on their big day. This means that feet and toenails will need extra attention in order to do justice to that carefully chosen, pretty bridal footwear. If a professional pedicure in a salon or spa is not on your prewedding budget you can treat your feet in the comfort of your very own home. First you have to prepare your feet. Remove all nail polish and then fill your bathtub or a basin with warm water and your favourite foam bath and soak your feet for at least 15-20 minutes. You can also add bath salts or foot soak to the water. Ordinary kitchen salt also works wonders. After taking each foot out of the water, towel dry them well and then move on to cleaning and trimming your nails. Remember to always cut nails in a square shape to prevent ingrown nails. Using an orange stick or a cuticle stick gently push back the cuticles. Do not attempt to cut your cuticles or

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rub them away, as they are necessary for keeping bacteria at bay. Doing this step right, will allow you to paint the entire nail by guiding the supple cuticle out of the way. Upon completing the nail cleaning process, soak your feet again in the warm water and begin removing the dead skin cells by gently scrubbing callouses and heels with a pumice stone. This is a very important step of the process. Exfoliating your feet, results in soft feet. When the softening step is over, remove your feet from the water and dry them with a clean, dry towel. Massage each foot with a foot lotion to sooth and smooth your feet. Apply the lotion to the whole foot, from top to bottom, toes to ankle. Pick an appropriate shade of nail polish and apply the first coat slowly. The last coat should be applied once the previous coat is completely dry. Voila! Pretty feet and toenails to compliment the pretty bride to be.


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