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“Bastien Gonzalez and his team of experts answer your questions on how to best take care of your feet, hands and nails.”

What steps can and should I regularly take myself to maximise the effect and endurance of a professional pedicure?

1. Exfoliate

Give yourself a foot lift with the Révérence de Bastien Black Diamond Scrub. With a volcanic black sand base, it softens your skin from heel to toe. Apply to dry feet and spread the scrub all over the surface of the epidermis. Exfoliate, focusing on the driest areas (back of the heel).

Add a small amount of water to make the scrub foam and rinse thoroughly until no product remains.

Use once a week, or more if needed. Your feet will be silky smooth.

2. Moisturise

People usually use a body cream and go no further than the ankle or the top of the foot. The skin of the foot is seven times thicker than on the rest of the body, so it is important to use a targeted foot cream.

Moisturise your feet with the Sensitive Feet Balm, a creamy and original plant-based formula to combat dry skin, the feeling of heavy legs, nail degeneration and classic foot pain.

Apply a thick layer daily and massage from the toes up the leg. Insist on the driest areas (back of the heel) and cuticles. No need to put on socks immediately, as some people do!

Just five minutes daily provides a real feeling of comfort and suppleness. Feet become softer and legs feel lighter.

3. Protect 

Heat affects your feet, causes friction within your shoes and increases the development of bacteria. The Révérence de Bastien Silky Talcum powder creates a second skin for your epidermis and protects it in two ways:

  • It reduces friction and the overheating that causes dry skin.
  • It acts as an antiseptic and has an anti-perspiration effect.

For nails: use our Unguent on nails and cuticles, a combination of essential oils and medicinal plants that nourish, purify and rebalance.

It helps to prevent nail deterioration and provides protection from external factors.

4. Brighten Your Nails

Is there anything better than natural beauty?

Use the Natural Horn Buffer with our Nail Brightness pearly buffing cream to give your nails exactly what they need: strength, with a natural shine that lasts for several weeks.

Apply a small amount of the polishing cream to the surface of each nail and remove any excess. Rub vigorously with the buffer until the paste has been completely absorbed.

This ritual is a massage for your nails, increasing blood circulation and giving them a pinkish tint. When finely ground, mother-of-pearl lightly exfoliates the nail surface, resulting in a subtle sparkle.

5. Enlighten 

The sun is back, and that means it’s that dreaded moment when you have to show off your bare legs after a long, cold winter.

Use Céleste Dry Oil! This nourishing dry oil contains cotton and sesame oil and is enriched with fatty acids and vitamin A to soften your skin and give your legs a subtle shine. Say goodbye to dry skin! Finely ground mother-of-pearl in the oil, silky to the touch, produces a shimmer that gives your skin a healthy glow.

Céleste Dry Oil brings out the curve of your legs, their shine and sensuality.

With a smoothing effect, its hydrating and protective ingredients are ideal for skin that is dry and irritated by epilation or from wearing tights.

Its tangy bouquet contains bergamot extract, Neroli, lemon, sage and parsley to instil a sensation of freshness.

What products do I need to do a pedicure at home? Which tools are the most important?

Against foot pains, the only tool you need is time: time to massage your feet every evening to work on skin elasticity, foot mobility, blood circulation and re-plump the fatty cushions.

For damaged nails: our Nail Brightness Pearly Buffing Cream’and chamois leather buffer give the surface of the nails a long lasting natural glossy finish.

Use the glass file on your nails as it has an even grain so it will not leave the edge of your nails rough.  Its smooth lateral sides will not scratch or damage the surrounding skin and it’s easy to wash and sanitise.

If your cuticles are rough, dry, thick or even splitting – it is mostly due to too much pushing back and cutting of the cuticle or because the skin around your nails is very dry ,causing a loss of elasticity that can lead to tears.

If you want soft, subtle cuticles and strong conditioned nails use the Unguent for nails and cuticles to restore their moisture.  A combination of essential oils and medicinal plants that nourish, purify and rebalance.

What is the biggest pedicure mistake? And what do most people do wrong?

The most common mistake when people do their own pedicure is to file too strongly on dry skin. This can cause inflammation, even a burning sensation…. so the skin builds calluses to protect and you lose elasticity which is the most important aspect in the skin.

And the other mistake is to push cuticles too deeply. You will inflame the skin, so the skin may turn red and build calluses as a defensive reaction.