More and more, people are focusing on saving the environment and doing their part to recycle and use materials that aren’t harmful to the earth. This is a trend that can carry through even in your favorite beauty routines. An at-home, “green” pedicure is a great way to pamper yourself without hurting the environment.
An at-home, green pedicure can be relaxing and lots of fun by yourself or with your friends. The green pedicure can also leave your feet looking and feeling wonderful, just like you’ve stepped out of a classy spa or salon. Follow these tips for an easy and relaxing green pedicure.
Celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp offers the following tips and step-by-step instructions for a do-it-yourself professional and natural “green” at-home pedicure using ORLY’s NEW French Polynesian Island Spa Collection.
STEP 1: Use a non-acetone / natural nail polish remover such as ORLY’s Gentle Formula Nail Polish Remover to remove any existing lacquer from nails. File nails with a glass file as this expertly and gently shapes while preparing the nail for polish.
STEP 2: Soak feet in a tub of hot, soapy water and add ORLY’s Refreshing Citrus Foot Soak – soak feet for at least 10 minutes. Using ORLY’s Pearl Silk Sugarcane Foot & Leg Scrub, scrub feet lightly to remove rough areas and/or calluses. Wipe feet dry with a soft cotton towel, but make sure to leave cuticles moist.
STEP 3: Apply a generous amount of ORLY’s Island Balm Ultimate Strength Foot Crème a few inches above the ankles and massage into feet – concentrating on heels and any other problem areas.
STEP 4: Use ORLY’s Cuticle Therapy Creme on cuticles to condition and moisturize. Gently push the cuticles back with a cotton-wrapped cuticle pusher or orange stick and be sure to wipe excess oil or cream off the nails with non-acetone nail polish remover.
STEP 5: Use 3 Free formulas (meaning free of DBP and all traces of Toluene and Formaldehyde) to protect nails from harmful, damaging chemicals. Base coats and top coats are crucial in ensuring long-lasting results. Start with ORLY’s Bonder as a base coat to prep the nails for polish, after the base coat has dried, apply two thin coats of the lacquer and finish with ORLY’s Sec ‘N Dry top coat. A few days later, apply ORLY’s Glosser to nails to add shine and longevity to the color.
HIPP TIP: Keep a bottle of ORLY’s Cuticle Oil + with you at all times – especially in the car. Women tend to notice their nail condition/cuticle dryness when their hands are on the wheel. Healthy, moisturized cuticles immediately make nails look more beautiful!
This spring, use ORLY’s Carnivale (February) and Prepster (April) Collections to add a fun, flirty touch to those freshly pedicured feet!
– Above tips courtesy of celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp
Tip: You can also use Epsom salt for a relaxing, “green” foot soak!