Temperatures keep rising (especially in NYC, yikes!), which means we’re going to keep those open toe sandals handy and our feet on display for quite some time. There’s no question scorching weather can be harsh on your feet and pretty painted toes. We’ve gathered our favorite tips to prevent nail polish from chipping away and looking dull so that there’s no toe curling in sight for you this summer:
Keep ’em Breezy
Do NOT wear closed shoes for at least 8 hours after you get your pedicure. Believe it or not, it can take up to 12 hours for your polish to fully dry, so keep your toes exposed for as long as you can. You’ll need a simple flip flop for all your nail salon visits like these from Old Navy ($15).
Moisturize Like It’s Your Job
Using cuticle oil will keep your cuticles soft and smooth and allow for your pedi to be the center of attention at all times. We love this one from Essie because not only is it great, but it also smells like apricot. (Essie, $8.50)
Moisturizing your feet after you shower and before bed will allow your polish to stay on a bit longer. Water tends to dry out your skin, especially around the nail bed, which can fade or even chip your color. The Samba 2 Step Foot Fetish will give you the smoothest feet. ( Sol De Janeiro, $27)
Reapply a clear topcoat after a couple of days to keep your pedi looking fresh and shiny and prevent chipping. This will certainly help extend your next visit to the nail salon. For quick dry and chip resistant finish try ‘Hardwear PD Top Coat. (butter, London $19)
It’s not just about the color and moisturizing, also make sure you say buh-bye to calluses by using a pumice stone regularly in your shower. This will be key in preparing you for all summer long toe exposure. Your feet will thank you! (Sallys $2.99)