• Make yourself a warm, sudsy soak by adding bath salts and essential oils to a tub of hot water.
• Remove nail polish. File your nails into a square to prevent painful ingrown toenails.
• Avoid cutting your skin to soften calloused heels. There are many skin smoothers that file dry skin. At
Aqua Beauty Bar, Jamie Ahn uses an exfoliating foot file to scrub dead skin off the bottom of feet.
Microplane, a company that originally created an assortment of cheese graters, makes a file that looks
kind of like a cheese grater but doesn't feel like one. It slightly tickles as you move it up and down on
the bottom of your dry feet. (Microplane is available for sale at Aqua Beauty Bar.
• Soak your feet and enjoy!
• Dry your feet. Apply cuticle remover and push back your cuticles using a wooden orange stick.
• Put your feet back into the water. This time use a foot scrub. Sea salt scrubs and sugar scrubs
dissolve in water after use, preventing them from making a mess in your bathroom. Vigorously massage
the scrub into the heels of your feet.
• Dry your feet and apply nail polish.
Three ways to keep your polish long lasting
• Use a cotton pad to wipe oil off your toenail beds with nail polish remover. (If you have dry skin, use
non-acetone nail polish remover, which will remove any oils from the nail that may prevent polish from
• Apply polish in long, even strokes. If the nail polish is thick, do not mix it with a thinner to make it
more usable, the polish will crack once it dries. You're better off throwing the polish out.
• Don't use a quick-dry top coat. It chips the nail polish faster.
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At-Home Pedicure with Jamie Ahn