Looking after your feet is important, and there’s lots you can do to help look keep them in good condition. Here’s a few of my best remedies:
- A Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet is not just good for your overall health but for your nails too. Nails are made from the protein keratin, and this will develop well with a balanced diet that covers all the protein, vitamins and minerals your body needs.
- Keep Your Feet Clean
Wash your feet at least once a day with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap to keep skin and nails clean. Make sure you get in between the toes. Massaging the feet during this process will stimulate circulation, which is beneficial too.
- Dry Feet Carefully
Ensure your feet are thoroughly dried with a clean towel to prevent moisture building up and creating fungal breeding areas and causing conditions like athlete’s foot.
- Wear Correctly Fitting Shoes
To protect your toes and nails, you should make sure your shoes fit well, are breathable and comfortable. Sports shoes can provide a breeding ground for fungal infection, so buy the most breathable option you can afford. And make sure you get your feet out in the fresh air and light as much as possible, as this will help to let your feet breathe.
- Cut Toenails Carefully
You should give yourself a home pedicure approximately once a month, but potentially more frequently if your nails grow quickly. Begin with clean feet and remove any traces of nail polish. Then trim toenails with good-quality clippers, ensuring you cut straight across.
Cutting down at the sides can lead to a painful ingrowing toenail. Make sure you don’t cut them too short – leave enough to let the nail do its job of protecting your toe. Gently shape them with a file if you need.
- Soak and Exfoliate
After you’ve cut your nails, give your feet a good soak for at least five minutes to soften the skin. You can use a mild soap or essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus if you want here.
Then use a foot scrub to exfoliate – a homemade combination of baby oil and sugar will do the job by scrubbing away dead skin cells. After this, rinse your feet and pat them dry, again ensuring you get between your toes.
- Cuticle Care
Soften cuticles with oil or a cuticle cream and then gently push them back with a cuticle stick.
Moisturise your feet using a thick, rich moisturiser, making sure to cover your toes and nails. The massaging effect is again good for stimulating circulation. If you’re painting your nails, make sure you wipe them clean of moisturiser so that you begin with a good base.
- Get Out Your Toe Separators and Polish
It’s a good idea to get some toe separators to make sure you get a clean and professional-looking finish. Then begin with a thin layer of base coat, which will smooth out any ridges and provide a good surface for your colour.
When that’s dry, paint on two thin layers of polish, making sure the first layer has dried before adding the next. Use three strokes – start at the centre of the nail, then each of the sides, aiming for a thin and even finish. Finally, add a thin top coat, which will not just add shine but also protection. I found that DaniPro nail varnish gave my nails a flawless finish and better yet, it’s completely toxin free!
Allow your nails to dry out thoroughly and enjoy!