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It’s a cruel season for our feet and toe nails

The summer sun and its windy ways, add on it the global warming results: unexpected showers, and what do you get? Dirty feet and even dirtier toe nails.

With all the heat, it’s difficult to walk around in socks and closed shoes, so sandals and slippers are the best options, but at the rate at which the weather is going wild, your feet are the first to suffer the consequences.

If you’re as worried as I am, here’s a step-by-step guide to get our feet back to looking fabulous.

  1. Soak your feet in warm water. This will soften the hard skin. For a real treat, add some "sea salts", which are available at all leading department stores, for extra care. Be sure to dry well especially between the toes.
  2. Scrape off the hard skin with a loofah or pumice stone, also available at stores.
  3. Moisturize your feet with a specially-designed foot lotion. Use Vitamin E oil or other gentle oil on the nail and an "orange stick" to gently push back cuticles.
  4. Prior to painting, remove the oil with a non acetone polish remover. Trim the nails to desired length, cutting straight across, not into the corners. Not too long so as to possibly damage the nail by banging, or too short so as to cause fungus damage.
  5. Paint your toenails the desired color. Always use base coat first to protect your nails, and increase the length of wear. Finish with a clear top coat, for a professional look!
  6. Moisturize your feet daily, especially in the summer. Best to use a cream specifically for feet, as the skin needs of the foot are different that the rest of your body.

Our toe nails need extra care, for example there are special nail cutters made just for toenails. While a normal nail cutter is slightly curved, a toenail cutter goes straight across so as to reduce the likelihood of ingrown toenails. Don't trim cuticles too much or they will bleed. They are there for a reason: to prevent infection of the nail bed from nasty germs.

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