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When you get a pedicure at the salon, you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Of course, most of the value lies in the pampering involved with the service, but you also want results that last a couple of weeks. So how can you get the most wear out of your pedi? Read on to discover easy ways to keep your pedicure looking fresh.

Opt for a waterless service

Though one of the best parts of a pedicure may be the luxurious foot soak, water can actually lead to premature chipping. When you soak your feet in water, the nail plate expands, and when the nail shrinks back to its normal size, it can cause your polish to chip. Plus, if salons aren’t diligent about sanitizing their foot baths, soaking in water can actually leave you vulnerable to bacterial infections. Another benefit? Going waterless is better for the environment as a regular pedicure service can consume up to 15 gallons of water!

Stick with a shimmer polish

If you really want to get the most wear out of your polish, stick with a shimmery shade. If you’ve ever worn glitter polish on your nails, then you know how difficult it can be to remove. That’s because the formula is usually thicker and more textured than traditional lacquer, making it more durable and less prone to chipping.

Shower before your pedicure

Much like you shouldn’t shower after you get a manicure, it’s best that you avoid showering after your pedicure. As mentioned above, water can interfere with the polish’s adhesion to the nail, which can lead to chipping, flaking and lifting.

Apply top coat daily

Want to lock in that post-salon shine? Apply a top coat once a day in order to keep your color looking fresh. Make sure to apply the formula in thin, even coats in order to prevent the polish from looking too bulky.

Moisturize at night

To ensure feet remain soft and healthy-looking, apply a hydrating lotion and cuticle oil every night before bed.

Wear socks or slippers around the house

If you want to keep your heels soft and protect your color, avoid going barefoot at all costs. Socks, shoes or slippers provide a barrier against possible injuries to your feet and prevent your heels from getting dry or rough. You can also apply a lotion to your feet before bed, then slip on a pair of comfy socks to lock in the moisture and keep feet looking and feeling as good as they did after you left the salon!

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