Winter pedicures are an unnecessary expense when you can do them in the comfort of your own home. Winterize your toenails with help from Gorgeously Green's Sophie Uliano in this free video on green lifestyles.
Hi, I'm Sophie Uliano, author of "The Gorgeously Green" book series, and today I'm going to show you how to winterize your toes, not weatherize but winterize your toes. Now this is what I do in the Winter because primarily it saves me a lot of money. I don't really want to go and have to shell out four expensive pedicures when my feet are really rarely going to be seen because they're in shoes or tights. So, I still though, want to keep my toenails looking pretty and pearly and white and the Wintertime is an excellent time to give your toenails a rest from dark polish. Now, it's the dark nail polish that makes our toenails go yellow, that really gross kind of yellow when we remove it and if you want to get rid of that yellow, you really need to stop wearing dark colored polish for at least four or five months, that's the number one thing. So as you start winding down into Winter, stop wearing the dark colors. Then when it gets into Winter you know you're going to be firmly, your toes are going to be firmly planted in shoes, you're going to stop using polish altogether and here are a few tips that will help you get beautiful pink toenails, natural looking toenails. So the first thing is you're going to make a little paste and you're going to put in two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda or baking soda and you're going to add about a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and it will all fizz up like so and you're going to make a little paste like this and then about once a week when you're in the shower and it might be a good time to do it when you are doing a face mask or a hair mask. So you'll put on your face mask and your hair mask and you know it always says leave for five minutes and you're like oh great what do I do for five minutes while this is doing its thing in my hair. This is what you do, so shower gets turned off, you've got your hair mask on, your face mask on and then you're going to do your toes. So just sit on the edge of the bath or the tub, take out your little paste here, massage it really really well into your toenails making sure that you push back the cuticles, get right into the corners of the toes and around the toes and then leave it on for you know, the remaining three or four minutes that you've got for the mask to do its thing and rinse off. Do this once a week, it is fantastic for whitening those nails. Another nail whitening trick is take a bowl and again probably once a week during the Winter and fill it half full with food grade hydrogen peroxide. Now this is the hydrogen peroxide that you'll typically be able to buy from the chemist or the supermarket. So you're just going to fill it up like so. Don't dilute it with water, just hydrogen peroxide is safe. Hydrogen peroxide is wonderful also for athlete's foot or it's very antifungal, antibacterial so it's a great treatment for your feet anyway and then you're going to dip your feet into this wonderful solution once a week and try and keep your feet in there for as long as possible. So what I do is I go to the kitchen table when nobody is around and I'll dip one foot in if I'm writing something or even if I'm on the phone, leave it for as long as I can be bothered to, then put the other foot in, rinse off with water and you're good to go. So, remember, to get beautiful pink shiny toenails, so to winterize your toes, toenails, you can do it yourself and you can do it gorgeously.
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