Foot and Nail Care Tips: How to Put Your Best Foot Forward

Your feet are looking forward to more than 100,000 miles of service throughout your lifetime. All that walking, running and carrying a heavy load (read: you!) make your feet the most abused part of your body. Additional factors such as exposure to the elements, aging and improper care can cause a lot of problems to your skin and nails. It is therefore only right that you should take care of your feet and nails and pamper them every once in a while.

Give them some Pampering!

  • Wash your feet every day. Wash your feet in warm, not hot, water. Test the water temperature (90 to 95 deg F) or use your elbows if you don’t have a thermometer. Avoid soaking your feet to prevent them from becoming dry afterwards. Prolonged soaking in water can also cause your nails to become brittle and weak.
  • Be sure to dry your feet well. You can use talcum powder or cornstarch to keep the skin between your toes dry. Damp feet provide a breeding place for bacteria which can lead to fungal infection.
  • Moisturize for softness and strength! Keep your feet soft and smooth by using moisturizing lotions and creams. Rub a coat of lotion, oil or cream on the top and bottom of your feet. Keeping the skin hydrated prevents dry and cracked heels. Good hydration also prevents your nails from becoming dry and prone to splitting and cracking.Choose a moisturizer like Argan oil. Massage this 100% natural oil on your feet, nail beds and the skin around your nails every night before going to bed. The oil is packed with essential fatty acids that keep the skin hydrated and prevent nails from becoming brittle and weak. Argan oil is also loaded with vitamin E and antioxidants that provide anti-aging benefits that help keep your feet and nails beautiful and healthy.
  • Exfoliate! Remove corns, calluses and dead skin cells by exfoliation. Exfoliating agents are also commercially available. Just remember to read the labels and check for any harmful chemicals in the ingredient list. Never cut your corns and calluses with scissors, blades or razors. You may use a pumice stone to exfoliate. Rub gently and in one direction only to avoid damaging or tearing your skin. Exfoliate once or twice a week to allow new skin cells to replace the old ones.
  • Pedicure indulgence. Trim your toenails regularly, cutting straight across the nails to prevent your nails from curving inwards which can lead to ingrown nails. Buff nails gently with an emery board, taking care to avoid a back and forth motion. Vigorous buffing can cause nails to chip or crack.Whether you choose to do it yourself at home or by a professional, regular pedicure is ensures that your feet are always well-groomed. Apply nail polish on clean nails and never let your polish stay on for longer than 10 days. This can lead to stained and brittle nails.

Put your best foot forward. Choose to follow these tips for soft, smooth feet and strong nails.

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