2011: Pedicures for summer

High summer, it seems, is really upon us and you can bet your (thrown off) cotton socks that our feet are the one’s suffering in this swealtering heat.

Nails inc. crystal pedicure

Nails inc. crystal pedicure

Therefore If you need to pamper your pins and feet before an important event, or break, this month but are short on time then why not opt for the perfect pedicure at home – which is easy.

Start by soaking tired feet in a tub of warm water adding in oils or milk, which will help soothe and loosen dead skin. Dry feet and then scrub with a good pumice stone or exfoliator (try Boots Eco Tools Pumice Stone) to help remove any dry patches. Apply a luxury moisturiser such as ‘Treat Your Feet’ Foot Cream (£16, 75ml) by Elemis and massage into feet in all areas, including problem zones.

Wipe off excess cream and using a hoof stick, push back and trim cuticles were necessary with a softening cream like Champney’s cuticle Softner. Cut and file nails making sure that you file in a horizontal line to avoid ingrown toenails.

Finally add a clear base coat of polish to avoid staining nails, painting on two coats of your favourite nail polish – mine are NARS Pokerface in matte lilac and Nails Inc. Haymarket in mint green, both on-trend colours for the summer season. Include on a clear top coat to seal the colour and you’re done.

However if you have time to spare then it is always advisable to book yourself in for a luxurious treatment. Currently Spa Illuminata are offering their signature Decleor Expert Luxury Pedicure treatment for summer. This uses an assortment of aromatherapy oils and balms to relax not only tired feet, but also body and mind. The pedicure provides a deep yet gentle exfoliation whilst the foot massage is performed with warm volcanic pebbles; and innovative way to relax muscles, aches and pains, leaving you rejuvenated and revived for forthcoming events.

Spa Illuminata; 63 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2QS: 0207 499 7777

But, If you want to jazz up your feet before hitting the party sands of Ibiza then why not try nails inc. new Crystal Pedicure which uses an array of CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski elements. Creating a fabulous sparkle, this indulgent treatment is applied by one of the talented Nail Artist team adding around 500 Swarovski crystals to your toes, which lasts around three weeks. Stars such as Rihanna and Beyonce have already adorned them so why not try it yourself?

Crystal Pedicure using CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski elements is £110 and £135 if purchased with the ‘Terrific Tootsies’ treatment is available in nails inc. stores nationwide. 

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