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The art to a good pedicure

A good pedicure goes along way toward making feet look younger. Here, experts at Beauty school, TheBeauty Academy, explain how to make the most of your toes and tackle drynessand discoloration with regular maintanence tips.

The majority of women have a set routine when it comes to a beautyregime.

They might wax monthly, exfoliate fortnightly, pluck weekly or cleansedaily.

But, perhaps unsurprisingly, toes are the part of the body which getsmost overlooked during these regular spruce-ups.

During the winter months it is easy to forget about feet which arecovered up in heavy boots and cosy socks.

But if you fail to give them the attention they deserve, they can be adisappointment when you unveil them for the sandal-wearing, beach-visiting,skin-baring summer.

Here our experts who runthe beauty courses look at common problems with feet and how to overcome them:


The skin on our feet does not have as many oil glands as the rest of ourbody. As a result they are prone to dryness and, with age, cells turnover slowsdown, making this problem worse.

How to fix it: Just as we apply moisturiser to our faces each day, sotoo should we hydrate our feet. You can restore softness by applying a footcream daily, immediately after bathing and while skin is still wet. For maximumeffect, choose a cream with an exfoliator such as lactic acid – this improvesthe penetration of the cream.

Thick toenails

Yes, our toenails tend to be thicker than the nails on our hands. Thisis because they are constrained by footwear and grow thicker as protection.

How to fix it: Try coating your toenails nightly with Vaseline. This will make them softer and easierto trim. Try to cut your nails into a square shape using a clipper. Aim to makethem even with the tips of your toes, and smooth rough edges by filing lightlyin long strokes using a fine-grade emery board.

Overgrown cuticles

This happens when excess skin builds up over time and attaches to thenail.

How to fix it: You should soften the cuticle using cuticle oil andsubmerge your feet in warm water for 10 minutes to help loosen the skin. Then you can gently easecuticles off the nail with an orangewood stick, and snip hangnails using anipper.


Corns and calluses are thick and hardened areas of skin which form as aresult of constant pressure and friction.

How to fix it: Use a foot file or pumice stone in the shower to buffaway dead cells. But overzealous sloughing (calluses protect feet, so don’tfile them down entirely) and razors, which can cut skin and lead to infection.

Yellowing nails

This is a common complaint among females who regularly paint theirnails. On our beauty diplomas we teach students proper techniques for applyingpolish to prevent this type of staining occurring. Red or darker nail polishesare usually to blame for this type of discoloration.

How to fix it: You can usually buff away superficial stains but toremove stubborn stains you might need to try a nail bleach or nail brightener.The natural citric acid from a lemon can work too.

On our nail courses where students train to become qualified nailtechnicians, we advise applying a clear polish as a base coat before paintingnails. This creates a stain-fighting barrier.

Top tips for toes

When carrying out a pedicure, remember the following:

1. Buff feet when dry to really shift dead skin. Use a sturdy foot fileand focus on the heels, balls of feet and edges of toes.

2. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a reviving foot soak which helpsstrengthen and whiten nails. Soak feet for 10 minutes.

3. Massage feet briskly with a foot scrub or exfoliator to get rid ofthe last dregs of dead skin, then rinse.

4. Dry your feet and gently ease back cuticles with a cuticle stick.

5. Cut nails straight across with nail clippers. Make lots of littlesnips, rather than all at once, or you might break the nail.

6. Use a nail file to gently round the edges of the toenails.

7. Massage the feet with a rich foot lotion.

8. Before you polish, wipe off the foot lotion from your nails using adamp cotton wool pad. Then add a base coat, two layers of polish and ahigh-shine topcoat.

Trainwith us

There are a range of beauty courses you can studyat The Beauty Academy. Among those on offer is a luxury manicure and pedicuretraining course as well as a standard manicure and pedicure training programme.We can also teach you how to apply Gel polish.

Pleasecontact us for more information

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