Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Foot Care - How to Care For and Have Beautiful Feet

Taking care of your feet is something you should be doing all year long, but it is especially important in the summer months, because they are more exposed to the elements and we treat them rougher than in the rest of the year. For vanity sake, you will also be wearing sandals and no hose, so the public see your feet in all their glory. You can maintain them to look good and avoid any problems.
I used to go to the salon and have pedicures, but I found them to be stressful and worrisome. Many people think of this as a time to relax, but for me I was never sure who was going to be working on me and what skill level they had. It seems as though the salons who offer fast foot care do not make appointments for any one worker, but instead whoever is free is who will take care of the customer. I also worried about the sanitation of the tools and equipment. This is an important factor when have work done on your feet, as infections can be very detrimental.
What do you look for at a salon? First off, check to see the cleanliness of the workstations and how the tools are sanitized. It is perfectly acceptable if you can ask any questions you might have, and by all means, leave if you have any discomfort.
Do not allow the technician to cut your cuticles, as they act as a barrier to protect the feet. Have them pushed back instead. Cutting the cuticle exposed your body to viruses, bacteria and fungus.
Although it might feel good, whirlpools tubs for then feet are very hard to sterilize, as the germs and dirt get into the jets. It takes time to get them clean, and often there is not enough time between clients to sufficiently sanitize them. If the salon uses whirlpool tubs, be the first client of the day, after the equipment has had the night to soak clean. It is much better to have the technician use a metal tub to soak your feet in, as they can be easily disinfected.
Did you know that removing dead skin off of your feet with a razor is illegal in most states? It surely has not stopped the practice! Demand that your feet are treated with a pumice stone, file or scrub instead. If you need further work done on the stubborn calluses, or if you have multiple conditions, such as cracked soles, calluses, or corns, seek the help of a podiatrist. Do not allow a salon tech to do this job.
For me, I have found that I can get a better pedicure at home. You can either do it yourself, or make it a fun time and have one or several friends get together for a spa treatment time and help one another. This is much more relaxing than worrying about what is lurking at the local foot parlor, and it can be a good time to catch up on the current gossip and spend time with good friends.
Where do you start? First off,
  1. Start your self pedicure by clipping your nails and take off the old polish. Do not just polish over the old lacquer, as many people seem to do. It is important that you remove it, so that you can make sure that your nails are in healthy condition.
  2. Use a pumice sponge to take off the dead skin and stubborn calluses.
  3. Now is the time to soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes with foot bath salts and then exfoliate them with a good cream made for that specific purpose. You can do this on your feet, heals and also your legs and ankles. After this rinse thoroughly.
  4. Push back your cuticles using a manicure stick. Do this very gently so as not to tear the skin. Then use the stick to clean under your toenails.
  5. Put relaxing cream on feet and legs. Then clean the nail bed with polish remover. If you have problems with diabetes, apply a cream for diabetic feet. This can help to avoid foot problems.
  6. If your nails are brittle, apply a nail strengthener. Then apply a base coat, Protecting Base Coat, a color enamel of your choice and top coat. Wait at least 20 minutes for the toenails to dry. This is the time when you can set back and relax. If you are alone, make that phone call to a friend that you have not had time to do, or if you are sharing your time with friends, now it the time to chat.
  7. Have special tools for the use of your feet. Even if you own your own tools, they need to be sanitized after each use. Soak the metal tools in rubbing alcohol for 25 minutes and then seal them in a plastic bag.
Do these steps regularly, and not only will you have beautiful feet, you can avoid problems with your feet so that you can be relaxed and enjoy not only your summer months but year round.By Karla Buzzell
Foot Care - How to Care For and Have Beautiful Feet
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