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Hey folks! So now that I feel winter is officially done in Southern Cali, its time for my yearly special pedicure. After wearing dark hues on my nails all winter and rarely letting them have a break its time to whiten my nails. Its a really easy thing to do and you can do this all with items you already have around the house on your hands and feet. My fingernails have had several breaks so theyre ok, but I went from pedi to pedi over the winter on the toes so I want to brighten them up a bit.
I take lots of long walks through sand come summertime and I do it without polish because the sand usually ruins your paint job although your feet come out uber soft and exfoliated. So natural nails are essential to me in spring and summer.
So heres what you need:
Nail Polish Remover ~ Cotton Swabs/Qtips ~ Hydrogen Peroxide ~ Baking Soda ~ Lemon Juice ~ Hand/Foot Lotion ~ 1 Small Bowl/ 1 Small Container ~ Towels ~ Optional cotton pads or balls
1. Remove nail polish, clean your nails really good: for hands wash your hands and clean under your nails then dry. For toes I give myself a nice foot soak and pedi then I dry.
2. Mix your solution: 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide 2½ tablespoons of baking soda in a small container. I use a Qtip to mix and the container is the top of my paper clip container (I know so fancy) ;)
3. Using the Qtip press some of the mixture under the tip of your nails as well as on the top of the nail. Leave the mixture on for about 5-10 minutes then rinse well with warm water.
4. Pour 5 tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl and soak nails for 2 minutes in the lemon juice. Rinse with warm water and dry. (Usually this is not enough to soak comfortably for my toes so I soak 2 cotton pads in the lemon juice and sit them on my toes)
5. Apply lotion to ensure you dont dry your hands or feet out.
And youre done! You can start off doing this twice a week until you get the results you want, afterwards you can do it every 8 weeks or so, depending on your nails and the polishes you apply. So obviously during the spring you wont need to do it very often if youre wearing light colors or au natural. You can also do this in the winter months as well but its personally a spring thing for me and I only do it for a couple weeks!
Images are my own if you really want a pic of my foot go for it. ;)
The blue bottle is my lemon juice, pink is peroxide.