7 Easy Tips for Extending the Life of Your Pedicure

And keeping your toes in tip-top shape

The sand! The sun! The cute sandals! There are so many things we love about summer, but it sure does a number on our feet. Which is why we love getting a fresh pedicure. Here, seven ways to keep it looking perfect between appointments.

1. Bring Your Own Polish.

Because you never know how long that bottle of Essie Ballet Slippers has been sitting out at your salon. And the older the formula, the more likely it is to chip. Plus, you now have the same shade at home so you can easily fix chips when they happen.

2. Top Your Topcoat.

Every couple days, swipe on an extra layer of topcoat to keep your toes shiny and your color protected. Make sure to run the brush along the edges to seal them in, as this is where chips tend to start.

3. Switch Up Your Shoes.

More specifically, avoid closed-toe shoes in the hours immediately following your pedicure so the polish has ample time to dry and harden. Afterward, alternate between open- and closed-toe shoes so you’re not just wearing sandals all the time. (Might we suggest the ever-trendy lace-up flat or white sneaker?) Constantly exposing your feet to the elements can lead to chips and cause the color to fade faster.

4. Be Cautious Of Water.

Especially right after your pedicure. While your polish may feel dry upon leaving the salon, it actually takes up to 12 hours for it to harden. Exposure to any moisture during this time can cause the polish to lift and, thus, shortens the life of your pedi.

5. Scrub Often.

Get a pumice stone or foot file and run it across the soles of your feet at the end of your shower a few times a week. This will keep your feet soft and prevent them from getting too rough or forming callouses.

6. Stay Hydrated.

Apply a couple drops of cuticle oil to your toes daily to keep the nails and the skin around them moisturized. This will prevent hangnails and dry cuticles--both of which can cause polish to peel.

7. But Skip The Scented Lotions.

You should moisturize often (because no amount of bright red polish can distract from scaly, scraggly soles), but steer clear of heavily fragranced formulas as synthetic scents can warp the polish and cause it to crack. Look for unscented or fragrance-free moisturizers instead.


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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...