Mani the Pedi

The all-important mani/pedi is so completely necessary to look and feel younger all week long! We love it, and here’s why.

Short , squarish-shaped nails are youthful!
Short , squarish-shaped nails are youthful!

Manicures improve the overall health and texture of hands and fingernails, besides preventing nail damage. The massage and exfoliation that accompanies a manicure improves skin health, increases blood circulation and evens out skin tone, helping hands to look younger immediately. Always exfoliate properly before a mani/pedi. Short fingernails are youthful, practical and fashionable; no longer than the end of your fingertips, and a square-ish shape is healthier.

Why a pedicure? Because during a typical day, feet endure a cumulative force of several hundred tons, and healthy feet are vital to overall health. The average person walks approximately four miles every day or 115,000 miles in a lifetime. A bit of maintenance is necessary! We suggest filing toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails.

A lovely pedicure is so youthful!
A lovely pedicure is so youthful!

Though you can do it yourself (and that’s great too), a professional pedicure is a good remedy for tired feet and legs. A pedicure with a foot massage will increase blood circulation and help relax tired muscles. The deep moisturizing and exfoliation of a pedicure will help eliminate cracked heels and soften calluses.

Don’t underestimate the emotional benefits of a pedicure either. It allows you to relax with your feet up without a care in the world (at least as long as your pedicure appointment). Having toes painted in the perfect shade of nude, pink or glamorous red will definitely lift your mood for the week!!

After a good bout of exfoliating hands and feet, give yourself (or get) a mani/pedi with a nude or buff-coloured polish (or any colour that flatters your unique skin tone) once a week. Our personal favourite colour is Chanel’s Rouge Noir (it’s lusciously decadent, timeless and forever flattering). And don’t forget the all-important shiny top coat every other day (Seche Vite is fabulous!) to make it last. Moisturise with a good hand or body oil afterwards.

A professional, shiny topcoat is Seche Vite!
A professional, shiny topcoat is Seche Vite!

Mani the pedi and admire their groomed, youthful appearance!
n.b. Ciate makes a fabulous line of polishes that include a magnificent range of nude colours (http://www.ciate.co.uk/nails/colour/nude), as does Burberry (http://uk.burberry.com/make-up-nails/nude-shades/) – take your luscious, youthful pick!

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