11 Must-Have Tools for Your Manicure and Pedicure Session

11 Must-Have Tools for Your Manicure and Pedicure Session

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Manicures and pedicures are essential for maintaining nail hygiene and keeping hands and feet looking young and healthy. They're also a perfect way to relax after a hectic week. This article will enumerate what tools to have in your mani-pedi kit. We'll also determine what to consider before buying them and how to maintain these items. 

1. Nail Cutter

You need a nail cutter for a manicure or pedicure because short nails prevent the spread of bacteria. Use a clean tool, and don't cut too much to avoid infections. Also, nails are easier to cut after a shower. 

2. Cuticle Nipper 

This tool trims hanging nails, rigid cuticles, and dry skin around nails, offering precision to reach tight spaces and ingrown nails. Use it gently to trim dead skin and moisturize afterward. Additionally, sanitize before and after use and store in a dry place to prevent rust.

3. Cuticle Pusher 

Use this tool to push cuticles back and away gently. A steel pusher works for tough skin, while a wooden one works for soft skin. Utilize the spoon end to move backward and the sharper end to push against corners. Do this after a shower when the skin is smooth to prevent injury. 

4. Nail File 

This tool smoothens and shapes your nails, making emery boards gentler than metal files. Hold the file at a 45-degree angle and file in one direction for a smooth finish. Shape nails into an oval or square shape to prevent chipping or breakage. Wash and moisturize your nails after filing.

5. Nail Buffer

Use a nail buffer to achieve naturally glossy nails. Buff in one direction and only use the tool's finer side. After the session, apply cuticle oil or beeswax after buffing to maintain shine.

6. Nail Brush 

These tools clean and remove stains from nails. Wet the brush with warm water and antibacterial soap, scrub nails, rinse and apply moisturizer. Also, use warm water to soften nails for better cleaning.

7. Pumice Stone or Foot File 

A pumice stone helps remove dead skin cells and calluses from the feet that you can also use on knees and elbows. Soak feet in warm, soapy water before using the stone, and be gentle when exfoliating. Use daily for best results.

8. Toe Separator 

A toe separator prevents nail polish from smudging and helps with foot pain by realigning joints and improving circulation. Place it between your toes and do whatever you want during your mani-pedi session. 

9. Orangewood Stick 

An orangewood stick is a versatile tool for at-home manicures and pedicures. It has a flat-angled and pointy end for pushing cuticles, cleaning nail dirt, and correcting enamel. Use it by soaking your nails, gently pushing cuticles, and using the edges accordingly.

10. Mild Scrub 

You need exfoliation for soft, smooth skin, and a mild scrub for hands and feet helps remove dead skin cells and promotes circulation. However, remember to be gentle!

11. Callus Remover

Use a callus remover by soaking your feet in warm water for ten to 15 minutes, drying them, and then utilizing the tool to scrape away dead skin. Add vitamins, oils, and salt to the water for added nourishment.

What Else Do I Need? 

You can elevate your home mani-pedi session by getting a basin or bucket, a finger bowl, warm soapy water, cuticle or olive oil, hand cream, foot cream, and nail polish (optional).

What to Consider before Buying Tools

Consider durability, safety, portability, and cost when buying a manicure and pedicure set.

How to Maintain Manicure and Pedicure Tools

You must always clean your grooming tools by soaking them in warm soapy water to keep them bacteria-free. Never share your items with others like you wouldn't share your toothbrush.

The Bottom Line

A relaxing mani-pedi session starts with the right and sanitized tools. You can keep your nails looking young and healthy by shopping for durable items and regularly cleaning them. 

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