Have your toes seen the light of day? In most of the country, the weather has been warm (though I hear in Montana there is snow). Either way, it's always nice to have good looking toes and if you aren't going to splurge on a spa pedicure, you can treat yourself to a pedi at home.
But first, make sure all your equipment at home is clean and safe to use. Dr. Oliver Zong, NYC podiatrist, gave me some tips to share on how to have a healthy home spa experience.
- Bacteria can flourish in dark, wet places, such as a bathroom medicine cabinet. Be sure to sanitize your nail clippers by soaking them in boiling water and wiping them down with rubbing alcohol every few weeks.
- Say NO to self-surgery! Anything that hurts, such as removing deep-set ingrown toenails, will cause more damage than good. If you have a painful nail, see a doctor right away.
- Check expiration dates for beauty products like scrubs, lotions, or soaks. Open containers that sit around for a long time unused can collect bacteria and easily infect cuts in your feet -- including blisters.
- Use simple Epsom salt and warm water to relieve and revive tired feet. It often has similar properties as fancy spa soaks but can cost several dollars less at a drugstore. *My tip: add some chamomile and follow these steps for a relaxing foot soak.
- Give your toes time to breath. Nails are their healthiest when they are exposed to air and water. When changing nail polish colors, check nails to make sure they are not discolored -- this is a classic sign of toenail fungus and can go unnoticed if nails are always painted.
Thanks Dr. Zong! I have certainly broken some of these rules, but won't anymore.
What about you? Do you do pedicures at home?