Hello, Everyone! This week we can finally say that the Summer season is officially here! This means lighter clothing, sun hats, sunnies, and full feet exposure! Are your toes ready?
Anyone that has experienced a pedicure either at a salon or at home, knows how incredible the feeling is once you have cut, filed, buffed, cleaned and polished toes. You almost feel like a brand new person! However, what most people don’t realize is: pampering yourself is not only a treat to comfort your soul but most importantly, you’re actually acknowledging that your feet (an easily neglected part) need a little TLC too.
There are seven benefits as to why everyone (yes, the boys too!) need to start investing in a little more focus on those toes
Lower your chances of infection.
Detect and possibly avoid any early signs of problems.
Preserves the moisture in your skin.
Exfoliates and revitalizes feet.
Prevents ingrown nails.
Relaxes the body.
Any way we can relieve our body of stress, or possible harm is a plus. And therapeutic massages can release tension, pain, and stiffness, which then leads to an overall sense of well-being, and who doesn’t want that?
And if you choose to get your nails done at a salon verses a D.I.Y., please take these “additional Health Tips” into consideration:
Just as you would do your homework on doctors, dentists, hair stylists, etc… make sure that your salon is accredited by the health department
Bring your own “Pedi Tools”. Some places create a kit for you and leave it on a shelf until your next visit, that way you don’t have to run the risk of using unsanitary objects on your skin
Ask your “manicurist” to push back your cuticles, instead of cutting them off. They are at the tips of your nail beds for a reason: to prevent any microbes
Make sure the whirlpool bath the manicurist soaks your feet in is cleaned and disinfected before you use it, and while your feet are soaking in the warm, bubbly suds, the water must contain some kind of antimicrobial agent.
Pumice stones and exfoliating scrubs are fine for dead skin removal, but avoid foot razors…this skin remover can do more harm than good if it is used incorrectly, because it can shave off too much skin causing serious damage and infection…not to mention it is illegal in some states
Ask for your nails to be filed into a square shape…round nails can cause ingrown-nails
Avoid waxing or shaving before a pedicure. Even the smallest of cuts can allow bacteria to sneak through
If you love having painted toes, make sure to remove the color after two weeks, to avoid staining your toe nails a yellowish color. In all actuality, toenails need time to breath, so you should take breaks between polishing. Fungus is likely to grow under the paint, and polish remover can ruin the enamel of your nails.
This summer, while you’re catering to those piggies, alone or on a day out with your pampering pals, make sure to take these benefits and health tips into consideration, that way you’re not letting your feet ruin your summer fun!