How to: Take Care of Your Feet between Pedicures
There really isn’t a better feeling than coming out of a salon with soft and well-kept feet. Nowadays, nail salons do an average of one pedicure for every three manicures, when ten years ago manicures outnumbered pedicures ten to one. Everyone likes to have their feet looking their best and great foot care is especially important for people who suffer from health issues like diabetes.
We recently wrote an article on why it was important to choose a nail salon that made cleanliness and safety the top priority. That’s why we have partnered with Selina Wilmot, a medical nail technician, to make sure that our practices our top notch. She has also given a bit of advice on how to take care of your feet between pedicures.
5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet
- Wash—Wash your feet every day, especially if you have been outside in sandals. Take time to remove dirt from between your toes and underneath your nails.
- Soak—Before you begin to exfoliate, soak your feet for 10 minutes in warm soapy water. This will help soften the skin to make exfoliation easier.
- Exfoliate—After soaking your feet, use a foot file to gently remove calluses. Never ever use a razor to remove calluses. It is unlawful for an unlicensed practitioner to use a razor at a salon, but many still do. Even the smallest nick can have serious consequences for your health.
- Trim—Trim your toenails straight across rather than curved. A curved toenail will allow the nail to grow into your skin, causing a painful ingrown toenail.
- Moisturize—Rub a deep moisturizing cream into your feet and nail beds, then put on some comfortable socks. The socks hold in the cream and prevent you from slipping.
Lastly, do not use any chemical callus removers on your feet as they are not good for your health. In fact, athletes should not remove have their calluses removed at all because they protect the softer skin underneath. Replace your pumice stone if using one or clean your foot file after each use. Also replace your emery boards frequently to prevent the spread of bacteria.
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