Tips for perfectly groomed, beautiful feet
WHAT DOES FOOT CARE/PEDICURE INCLUDE?
"Pedicure" is just another name for "foot care." In a pedicure, 2 things are in the foreground: the treatment of the toenails and the care of the skin of the feet.
Caring for the skin of the feet is particularly about removing calluses , removing corns , cleaning and caring for the skin , and deodorizing .
A pedicure is understood to mean cosmetic foot care , while podiatry includes medical foot care (e.g. in the case of diabetes).
GOOD FOOT CARE FOR HEALTHY FEET
It's not that difficult to have beautiful, smooth, well-groomed feet. A little pedicure works wonders. In addition, careful foot care also contributes to the health of the feet.
1. A FOOT BATH FOR A PEDICURE
Foot baths have been used for centuries to care for the feet.
At the beginning of the pedicure there can be a foot bath with appropriate additives to care for the skin or alleviate certain problems.
There are numerous ready-made footbaths and recipes on the Internet to put together a special footbath.
Some areas of application of foot baths:
- for foot skin care
- against sweaty feet
- to promote blood circulation
- in nail bed inflammation
- for relaxation
- to soften the cornea
- to combat athlete's foot
A foot bath is often used to soften the skin on the feet so that the calluses can be removed with a cream, rasp or callus file during the subsequent foot peeling. However, mechanical processing of the skin of the feet with a rasp, a pumice stone or a foot file can quickly lead to skin injuries.
New trend: foot mask instead of foot bath to remove calluses
Recently, there is a very effective way of gently removing callus with a peeling foot mask. All you have to do is slip appropriate callus remover socks over your feet so that the excess calluses are automatically detached within a few days (here's more information about using the popular Summer Foot foot mask against calluses ).
2. REMOVE EXCESS CALLUSES DURING PEDICURE
There are various ways to remove annoying calluses, calluses and cracks on your feet.
Many women use pumice stone for mechanical callus removal or even callus files or callus rasps. The problem with this: too much of a good thing can quickly lead to injuries! Collagen fibers in the skin of the feet can also be injured, which additionally stimulates callus production.
So-called “ foot masks ”, which are also known as “ foot peeling masks” or “callus remover socks ”, offer a very elegant way of removing callus. B. can be ordered in our online shop.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A FOOT MASK DURING CALLUS REMOVAL?
The big advantage of foot peeling socks is that they are easy to use and have a good effect. The Summer Foot foot masks are simply put over the feet like socks and put on for 2 hours so that the valuable active ingredients can get to grips with the hard skin. In addition, you can put on socks over the masks.
After the exposure time of 2 hours, simply wash your feet - done. Valuable substances such as urea and cucumber extract ensure a gentle peeling effect over the next 5 - 7 days, during which excess callus flakes are shed.
The result: velvety soft, well-groomed feet without annoying, thick calluses, cracks or calluses! The Summer Foot foot mask is available for women, for men and in a cheap double pack
3. PUT LOTS OF CREAM ON FEET FOR FOOT CARE
In order to make the feet look beautiful and to protect them in the long term, intensive creaming of the skin is recommended. Foot creams should be more fatty and contain valuable substances such as glycerin and UREA.
If you apply cream to your feet once or twice a day, you protect your feet from cracks, chafing and excessive callus formation.
4. TREAT FOOTNAILS DURING THE PEDICURE
First, if the cuticle has grown very far over the nail, the cuticle can be gently pushed back with a stick.
After pushing back the cuticles, it's the turn of the length and shape of the toenails. Toenails are best trimmed with clippers. Rough edges and irregularities can then be shaped with a file. Whether with a glass file, ceramic file or metal file, everyone has to test it themselves.
THE CORRECT LENGTH OF TOENAILS WHEN CUTTING
Toenails should protect the tip of the toe from mechanical stress. Therefore, do not cut the toenails too short: the tip of the toe should still be covered by the nail plate after cutting.
Intensive care for the toenails
There is a good recipe for well-groomed and beautifully shiny toenails: Simply apply high-quality almond oil or olive oil to the toenails and massage in lightly. This supplies moisture and keeps the nails supple.
5. VARNISH YOUR FOOTNAILS DURING THE PEDICURE
VARNISH YOUR FOOT NAILS WITH A BASE COAT
A pedicure also includes painting the toenails. It is best to clean the nails with a little nail polish remover to remove any residue of polish, oil or cream. It is then advisable to apply a base coat to protect the nails from discolouration. The base coat forms a good base for applying the varnish. When applying the base coat, you can possibly use toe separators so that everything runs smoothly and nothing smears when applying the polish.
Apply the colored foot varnish
It is best to apply the colored paint with 3 longitudinal brush strokes: one brush stroke on the left, one brush stroke on the right and one in the middle. Then a second layer.
Finally, a layer of top coat follows - done! Well-groomed feet are a sight to behold.
When choosing the color of the paint, you should choose a color that goes with as many clothes and shoes as possible.
ALTERNATIVE TO PAINTING THE NAILS
If you don't want to paint your toenails, you can polish your nails to give them a nice shine. There are special polishing blocks and polishing files. But don't buff too often, as the nails will get a little thinner with each buffing. Finally apply some nail oil.
6. REMOVE CORNS
It is best to have corns removed by a specialist, i.e. a doctor, podiatrist or orthopaedist. Removing corns yourself can cause injury or the corn can come back.
For small, flat corns in the early stages, you can use a corn plaster or a liquid corn remedy from the pharmacy. A foot bath with curd soap or tea tree oil can be used as home remedies. Then brush the corns with propolis tincture. The careful use of pumice stone and a special file may also help.
7. NAIL BROKEN: GOING TO A SPECIALIST HELPS
If toenails are torn, broken or out of shape, a visit to a nail salon can help.
Toenails can be lengthened and shaped using a special plastic, just like fingernails.
8. THE RIGHT PEDICURE SET
A good pedicure set can make foot care a lot easier. The pedicure can be performed better with high-quality scissors, a good nail clipper and appropriate files than with unsuitable tools.
When it comes to nail files, there are ceramic, glass files, metal files and flexible nail files with different grits. Here you can also buy a complete nail file set relatively inexpensively, so that you have the ideal nail file ready to hand for every application.
YOU CAN ALSO DO A PEDICURE YOURSELF
Conclusion: A pedicure of the feet is not that difficult and time-consuming.
The result: Beautiful, healthy and well-groomed feet!
Summary: what goes into a perfect pedicure
You can do a perfect pedicure yourself at home with the help of instructions!
The best way to start a foot care treatment is with a soothing, warm foot bath.
Excess "removing calluses" is step number two.
A foot mask with valuable ingredients is highly recommended for callus removal. For example, the Summer Foot foot mask contains nourishing UREA and does not use aggressive salicylic acid to remove calluses.
Advantage of peeling with a callus sock: beautiful, tender skin on the entire foot, without the risk of injury from mechanical treatment with a pumice stone callus rasp or file. Even a thick layer of hard skin can be removed cleanly and relatively safely with a peeling mask.
When it comes to nail care, it is particularly important to gently push back the cuticles, trim the nails correctly and paint the nails with nail polish. If you can clamp small spacers between your toes, it will be easier when painting your toenails.
To paint toenails you use a base coat, a colored nail polish and a seal with a top coat.