Foot Pedicure Dos And Don’ts
Foot Care should be systematically performed throughout the year but it is especially needed during those warmer months that the need to expose our feet wearing those pretty sandals or any other light footwear comes.
Foot pedicures become extremely popular during spring and summer and whether you choose to perform a pedicure at home or visit a nail specialist, you should keep in mind some important dos and don’ts.
Take Care of the Calluses and the Cracked Skin on your Feet
If you don’t try to treat calluses and cracked skin while they are still at their first stage, both of these foot problems can end up to be painful.
To do this keep the following dos and don’t´s in mind:
- Don´t use a safety shaving razor because there is a risk of infection.
- Soak your feet into some warm water for 5 minutes.
- Use a foot file, a pumice stone, an electric callus remover or a specialized skin product for calluses to remove calluses.
- Finish by applying a deeply moisturizing cream or a moisturizing foot emulsion.
- For better results, put on a pair of cotton socks and keep it on for a while.
Don’t Cut the Cuticles but Push them Back
When you perform a pedicure at home, avoid cutting the toenail cuticles so as not to cause any injury resulting in inflammation.
After you get a foot bath and while your skin is still damp, push the cuticles back with a cuticle pusher.
In case they need cutting and you don’t have the time to get a professional pedicure, what you can do is first apply an antiseptic foot care product and then cut them very carefully but not too deep. In the end, use a moisturizing oil or a cream.
Remove Nail Polish Well
Dark colored or very bright colored nail polishes make toenails yellow if left over two weeks on the nail. So, remember to refresh the color only after you have removed the nail polish well.
If you use a nail polish remover that does not contain acetone, finish off the process of removing your nail polish by applying a little fresh lemon juice on the surface of the nail.
Also, for better protection of your nails, always remember to apply a base coat before the nail polish.
Avoid Shaving your Legs before Getting a Pedicure
To exclude any chance of bacterial infection, avoid getting a pedicure after you have shaved your legs.
Get your Own Pedicure Tools
To avoid any possibility of irritation or infection, you can ask your pedicurist if she can perform your pedicure with your own tools.
If she can’t, then make completely sure that the tools she is going to use are sterile. Also, if while you are having your pedicure, a tool drops on the floor, ask for its immediate replacement with a new one that is sterile.
Regularly File your Toenails
Keep your toenails regularly filed to maintain their shape. Nevertheless, avoid cutting them very short because this can lead to onychocryptosis, a common yet painful nail condition that mainly affects the big toe of the foot.
Also, always keep the area under your toenails clean.
Keep your Pedicure Tools Clean
If you do pedicures at home, always clean well the tools after each use. Brush them with soap and water and soak them into an antiseptic cleanser for at least 10 minutes. Dry them well and keep them in a clean box or bag until the next use.
Choose the Right Nail Polish Remover
Nail polish removers that contain acetone are mainly recommended for dark color nail polishes.
In the case of sensitive toenails that can get dehydrated if you use acetone removers on them, it is best recommended to use products that contain nourishing oils.
It may take a little more time to remove the nail polish, but the nails will be kept in an excellent condition.
All in all, these are some beauty toenail tips with dos and don’ts you can have in mind when performing a pedicure at home or you are getting a professional one from a pedicure specialist.