Just about everyone loves a good pedicure. Tons of women (and plenty of men!) make them a regular habit. In today’s world, nothing beats putting your feet up and letting your nail tech take care of your tired soles.
Pedicures are a special kind of luxury, but as we get older, taking regular care of our toes becomes more of a necessity. These ‘luxurious necessities’ can become costly, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the same perks of a pedicure - at home!
Like all things, it’s best to be prepared for your at-home pedicure endeavor: the next time you’re at Target (or having your Target shopping list delivered safely to your home), make sure your cart includes one bottle of acetone nail polish remover, a bottle or two of a professional-quality nail polish (like OPI or Essie), a moisturizing foot cream like Burt’s Bees, and some lavender-scented Epsom Salts or foot soak crystals.
And, try incorporating an electric nail file - like the Bellasonic 4-in-1 Electric Nail File Set - into your at-home nail routine as well! It’s a multi-purpose electric nail tool that will trim, shape, smooth, and buff your nails just as good as you’d get at the salon.
If you haven’t made pedicures a regular part of your routine, then consider the list below of our Top 5 At-Home Pedicure Perks for older women.
Perk #1: Careful, consistent clipping!
As we get older, our toenails can grow thicker – and quicker – than before, so regular clipping and trimming can help to keep our toenails at a healthy, safe length. The patented design and movements of the Bellasonic 4-in-1 Electric Nail File Set actually prevents the burns and injuries you can get from other electric nail files, so it’s safe to use on even the most delicate skin.
Normal nail files and clippers can cause breakage and splitting of nails if used incorrectly. A few swipes with the Bellasonic will give you a gentle yet effective trim to your toenails, and it won’t split or break your nails like other harsher nail files can do. Just remember to replace the discs every 3 months or so!
Perk #2: Professional-quality products are available outside of a salon!
Professional-quality nail products are available everywhere these days, so you can easily bring the salon into your own home. Find them at mass-market retail stores like Target, Wal-Mart, and CVS, and specialty beauty stores like Ulta or Sally Beauty. Mauves, pinks, nudes, and corals are great go-to colors for ‘older women’ - so save the trendier products (like blues, greens, gels, or glitter) for the younger generation.
Invest in a few good hand and foot creams, cuticle oils, and nail polishes. And, since everyone has learned how to shop-from-home this year, you can rest assured knowing that your products will be delivered safe, sound, and sanitized.
Perk #3: A little TLC for our tired feet!
By the time we hit our 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, we’ve spent a huge chunk of our life on our feet - and trust us when we say they’re tired!
So slow down, take a seat, and recreate the best part of the pedicure experience from the comfort of your home. Start by filling a large plastic tub with warm water. Drop in a handful of scented bath crystals or Epsom Salts, stir gently, and then sit back and soak for at least 20 minutes. Epsom salts can not only help eliminate foot odors and treat infections, but they act as fantastic exfoliants for your feet as well. Once your feet are soaked and dry, use the Bellasonic’s Smoothing Disc to help you say good-bye to your rough patches, corns, and calluses.
Don’t forget to put the technology down while you soak! Your eyes need a break just as much as your feet do.
Perk #4: The ripple effect of an at-home manicure!
Let’s face it: once we start working on our feet, we’re bound to want to start working on our fingernails. Check out this link to learn the 8 simple steps to the perfect at-home manicure here. You may have to get strategic with your timing, so remember to remove all polish at the same time, soak your feet while using the Bellasonic on your fingernails, and paint all of your nails at the same time.
Perk #5: That sense of accomplishment that comes with taking care of ourselves!
In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on things that need to get done: grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, completing a project, paying bills... Life has a never-ending laundry list of tasks to be completed. Make self-care an item you can easily and regularly check off your list!
When you pamper yourself with an at-home pedicure, you’re actually attending to a number of needs that you may tend to overlook. Turning off your tech and opening up a book gives your eyes and brain a break. Soaking your feet and lighting a candle nearby provides calming and rejuvenating aromatherapy benefits. Trimming, shaping, and buffing your nails and skin with the Bellasonic 4-in-1 Electric Nail File helps keep your nails healthy. And looking at your perfectly-polished toes can help remind you of how good it looks (and feels!) when you give yourself the TLC you deserve.
It’s natural that some of us may start to slow down as we get older, but taking care of ourselves doesn’t have to! Skip the salon and add at-home pedicures to your regular beauty routine. Your toes (and your wallet) will thank you!
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