From Tips to Toes: Your Guide to Sustained Hand & Foot Beauty
Who doesn’t love the feeling of a fresh mani-pedi? Walking out of the salon with a reinvigorated confidence, feeling relaxed and fabulous…it’s a natural high. However, that high numbs, life happens, and all of a sudden your mani pedi has gone from fabulous to frightful. Well, there are steps you can take to prolong this dooming inevitable, and keep your mani-pedi looking its best, for longer.
Maintaining an aftercare regimen can do wonders for the health and look of your hands and feet. Below are our 5 most crucial tips for mani pedi aftercare regimen’s. Let’s begin.
Avoid Water & Heat
One of the most important things to remember after a mani-pedi is to avoid water and heat for the first few hours. Yes, this means no showering, hand-washing, and obviously no swimming. Even less blatant exposures can cause damage such as washing dishes, so be mindful. Exposure to water and heat can cause the polish to chip and fade quickly. Additionally, the heat can cause the nail polish to become soft, making it more prone to smudging and chipping.
Try to refrain from as much water and heat as possible, for at least 12 hours after your treatment.
Keeping your hands and feet moisturized is essential for maintaining the health and appearance of your nails. After a mani-pedi, be sure to apply a rich, nourishing moisturizer to your hands and feet regularly. This will help keep the skin soft and supple. Look for a product that contains natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, or argan oil, as these will provide the most benefits for your skin.
Any exposure to water will dry out your skin. Buy a hand-held bottle of moisturizer to keep with you so you can re-apply after showering and washing your hands, specifically.
Protect Your Nails
To keep your nails looking great, it’s important to protect them from damage. This means staying mindful of your nail safety, especially during activities that can cause them to chip or break.
I won’t bore you with the obvious one’s…but here are some surprising activities that can cause harm to your mani-pedi.
Typing, biting your nails, rummaging in sand, packing luggage, or doing heavy lifting.
Additionally, wearing gloves when doing household chores or using harsh chemicals can help to protect your nails from damage and keep them looking great.
Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals
After a mani-pedi, it’s important to avoid using harsh chemicals on your hands and feet. This means avoiding products that contain alcohol, acetone, or other harsh solvents that can dry out your skin and damage your nails. Instead, look for natural, gentle products that are designed specifically for use on your hands and feet.
If you are using products like hairspray or perfume, wear gloves! This will help avoid dried out nails and premature chipping.
Schedule Regular Touch-Ups
Even with proper aftercare, your mani-pedi will eventually begin to fade and chip. To keep your nails looking their best, schedule regular touch-ups with your nail technician. With a proper aftercare regimen, you can wait a month before re-scheduling. If you’re anal about how you’re mani pedi looks (like me), about every 2-3 weeks is a good timeframe between touch ups.
In conclusion, taking care of your hands and feet after a mani-pedi is essential for maintaining the health and appearance of your nails. By following these simple aftercare tips, you can keep your nails looking fabulous for longer and enjoy the many benefits of a professional mani-pedi. Those were our most crucial 5 Tips for Mani Pedi Aftercare.
If you’re looking for a mani-pedi treatment yourself, and you’re in the LA area…check out Sima Nail Lounge. The link for booking a treatment, and for directions to our salon are below.