Whether you let a petite woman hailing from eastern Asia drill away at your feet with an illegal exfolliator, or prefer to slough off winter buildup with a pumice stone in the shower, the time has come to prep your piggies for summer.
Try these easy tips for safe, effective pedicuring.
a. Never use (or let the nail shop down the block use) credo blades, or anything that resembles a cheese grater to remove calloused skin. Your body goes into over drive if too much callous has been removed, resulting in an even thicker, tougher callous.
b. For extra softness, try a combination of your favorite moisturizer and a few drops of Vitamin E or Jojoa oil—slather on feet before bed, and cover feet with an old pair of socks for softer feet while you sleep.
c. Don’t let a pedicurist cut toenails past the free edge. If you’re already suffering from an ingrown nail, see your doctor for removal—self or salon imposed infections are too risky to gamble on.
d. Painting your toenails is better for their health! If you’re planning to partake in sandal wearing, dark colored nail polish will act as a sun shield for your toenails—even nails need protection!
e. Exfolliating scrub or a pumice stone used every time you shower will give you a healthier, softer foot, and lets you kill time in the shower while you wait for your conditioner to penetrate your tresses for extra sun protection.
f. If you’re going out for a pedi, make sure you know the stats of the salon—when in doubt, ask to see their foot tub cleaning log (in many states they legally must show any patron who asks).
g. And don’t forget, you’re little piggies need sunscreen too!
Happy Foot health!
Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins