Posts for category: Pedicures
It’s Apple Scrapple time! The annual festival begins in Bridgeville at 4 PM on Friday October 10, 2014, and features crafters and vendors, delicious food, and an 8 PM Street Dance with a local band. More great bands will perform throughout the day on Saturday, with other fun activities as well. You’ll want to look your best from head to toe, so here are some home pedicure tips to get your feet looking great.
Start by removing any old polish from your toenails, and using a moisturizer on them afterwards, since polish remover can dry out your nails. Follow with a 10-minute saline soak to soften your skin. You want to be very careful when doing anything to your cuticles, in order to prevent infection. Never clip them, and never shove them back hard. Use a cuticle stick and gentle motions.
Next, gently clip your nails straight across, leaving the tips long enough so that some of the white is showing. You can then take an emery board to smooth rough corners, using one-way strokes and gentle pressure.
Rough skin on your feet get your attention next. Use a pumice stone to remove dry, dead skin from your calluses, and follow that up with an exfoliating scrub. Make sure it has natural particles that will decompose in the waste water system. Rub it in to remove the last of the dead skin cells, rinse, and dry your feet. This is the time to lock in moisture with a rich cream or lotion.
Finally, the polish. There are many non-toxic brands out there that won’t expose you to harmful chemicals or fumes. Find a color you like, dip the brush in and apply in even strokes from the cuticle to the end of your nail, starting in the middle and then doing each side. If the color is very bright or deep, you may want to use a clear base coat first, to make sure the dye doesn’t permanently discolor your nail tissue.
There you go! Beautiful nails ready for a beautiful night in Bridgeville! If you need info on safe home pedicure tools or products, or help for other foot issues, be sure to contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Center at (302) 355-0056 to set up an appointment at our Newark, Glasgow, or Wilmington, DE office.
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Spending a weekend with the girls? Looking for a way pamper yourself? We're willing to bet that pedicures and manicures may have made the list of activities. Be sure to take your loved ones to a salon that practices proper hygiene, or you may walk away with more than pretty feet. Check our tips for safe pedicures to avoid complications such as fungal infection like athlete's foot or nail fungus.
Enjoy your time and relax, but do so first thing in the morning. Footbaths and pedicure tools are cleanest at the beginning of the day. If you can't get an appointment in the morning, be sure to ask how much time is left between clients. This is a good indicator of how often the tools and baths are cleansed. Some places may even allow you to bring your own. It never hurts to ask, especially when it's a matter of personal safety.
Don't shave, use hair removal cream, or wax your legs, for at least 24 hours before visiting the salon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency warn against this. Hair removal, or nicking yourself while shaving, puts you at risk to developing a bacterial infection.
While you're sitting in the chair, don't allow the pedicure technician to cut your cuticles. Your cuticles serve as a protective barrier. If trimmed, they are also susceptible to bacteria. Even the act of pushing the cuticles back can leave your tissues damaged.
In the days following your visit, pay attention to your limbs. If you notice the appearance of a pimple or boil that has become red, painful, and swollen, contact our office. Likewise, if your feet have become itchy and your toenails have begun to yellow, call Dr. Raymond A DiPretoro Jr. at (302) 623-4250, or visit an Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. near you. We’re located in Newark, Glasgow, and Wilmington, DE.
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