What is a Callus Peel and Why You Might Need One?

If you’ve found yourself investing a little too heavily in the trainer trend and avoiding sandals, mules and sling-back shoes because of the hard skin on the soles of your feet, then it’s definitely time to try a callus peel! This treatment is a simple and pain-free way of getting rid of dry skin often found on your feet and will definitely make you want to show off your feet, in all their glory.

Calluses form when your skin becomes dry and dehydrated and while moisturising regularly can help, sometimes you need a stronger intervention – enter the Callus Peel. This revitalising foot treatment is ideal for people whose feet need a little bit of extra TLC. It removes hard, callused skin and adds moisture in just 20 minutes.  The treatment starts with the application of a skin softener is applied to the areas which are affected the most from hard skin. Next, the feet are wrapped to enhance the effects of the softener. After a few minutes, the wrapping is removed, exposing the newly softened skin. This is then scraped away gently in a pain-free procedure. Once all the hard skin and calluses are removed, the skin is polished with a foot file. Finally, a moisturising treatment is applied to keep your feet feeling (and looking) amazing for as long as possible.

So if the thought of getting your feet out leaves you in a slight state of panic, a Callus Peel will work wonders for your confidence. After all, life’s too short to be worrying about your feet…

Everything You Need to Know About Essie Gel Manicure & Pedicure

There’s nothing quite like splurging on a luxurious manicure. An on-trend hue teamed with a touch of nail art or glitter can give you the same boost of confidence as a really good blowdry. Unlike that, which only lasts a day or so, a professional gel polish can last you several weeks. In fact, stacked up against a regular manicure, gels not only last longer, but they also feel stronger, and cast a mirror shine that quite simply is virtually impossible if you have regular polish. So what should you know before upscaling your mani and pedi with gel? 

Gel and acrylic are not the same

Acrylic nails are made with a powder dipped in solvent and can add length to short nails. Sometimes acrylic nails come in colours, but usually they’re clear or natural-toned. Gel polishes can only colour your existing nails but are more durable than regular polish as the gel is hardened by curing under a UV or LED lamp.

Gel Nail Polish

Essie Gel Manicure

Gel nails are not harmful and will not damage the nails

Nails do not need to breathe and so having a gel polish will not harm the nail’s health. But your nail beds and cuticles are made of living tissue, which is why you need to be careful during the application and removal process and why you should leave the entire gel process to a qualified nail technician rather than option for a DIY job.

Keep your nail beds hydrated

To ensure your manicure is long-lasting and your nails look as healthy as possible, use a cuticle oil and moisturizer. This will not only protect the skin around your nails, but your actual nail beds, too. 

So what happens during a gel mani appointment and how is it different to a regular mani? As with a run-of-the-mill mani, a gel manicure starts with cutting the nails, filing them to the desired length before lightly soaking the hands and trimming the cuticles. The polish itself is the point of difference: You’ll start with a base coat layer that primes your nails for the gel coat, which is a special kind of polish that gets firmed up under a UV light. After each coat is painted on, you place your hand under a UV light for 30 seconds. A glossy top coat goes on top, take one final minute under the lamp, and you’re done.  Hello to chip-free nails that you will just love showing off!


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