It’s not just your physique that is on display at your next contest—it’s important to consider the health of your hair and also your skin, and that includes your hands and feet. Remember that the judges are looking at you from the top of your head all the way down to your feet so let’s make sure they look worthy of a number one placing!
Taking care of your skin and nails doesn’t begin at your salon appointment—instead, try and give them a little extra TLC at home. For dry or cracked heels, invest in a pumice stone or foot file, which can be used in the shower or bath. Each evening, use it along with your heels and any other dry areas to banish dry skin build-up, working in a circular motion for a smooth, even finish. Then, consider slathering on a rich moisturizing cream before bedtime. Search for formulas containing ingredients like shea butter or almond oil, which are known for their nourishing, restorative properties. Apply a generous layer, then pop on some cotton socks. It works to traps the moisture, leaving your feet feeling silky smooth by morning. Aim to do this in the weeks leading up to your contest, so you can guarantee they’ll be in good shape.
The same goes for your hands. If you plan on growing your natural nails, cut or buff them to a shorter length a few weeks prior, which will help them to grow to the desired length. Once or twice a week whilst showering, use a body scrub exfoliant on your hands. This will get rid of any dry dead skin. Your hands will be so much softer and smoother. At night, each evening massage cuticle oil into the nail bed, which will not only prevent peeling or split cuticles, but will leave your hands soft. Follow with hand cream, ensuring that you massage it gently into the skin. If you plan on having natural nails or a set of acrylics, consider booking a professional manicure and pedicure appointment for one to two days before the contest. Not only will this ensure your nails are at the desired length, but the expert touch is ideal—not only will they ensure that your nails are all at the same length, but they will also buff and smooth the nail bed to ensure an even canvas primed for lacquer application. Depending on whether you opt for regular polish or a long-wearing option like gel, Shellac or acrylic, a professional experience typically also ensures you’ll get an extra few days of wear.
Now you are ready to step on stage, full of confidence that you look great from top to bottom and in between!