Why Pedicures Are Vital All Year Round

Why Pedicures Are Vital All Year Round

We often prioritize pedicures in summer but neglect their importance in winter. As temperatures drop, our skin dries up, leading to flakiness and cracked heels. This is where pedicures become crucial.

Pedicures do more than make your feet and toenails look lovely.  Your feet literally carry you through life and yet we neglect to realize how important it is to take proper care of them throughout the year. Regular pedicures are an extremely effective way to provide basic and essential care for your feet.  They help in making your skin soft and smooth, provide relaxation, maintain clean feet, and prevent cracking, bleeding and infections.

What is a pedicure?

A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment for the feet and toenails that cleans your feet, provides nail care and foot/calve massages. Contrary to popular belief, pedicures are NOT just for women who want to pamper themselves! They are for anyone who wants to take care of their feet. There are many physical benefits to having routine pedicures by a professional:

1. Prevent and Treat Calluses and Corns

Calluses and corns are a yearlong issue. They are hardened, built up layers of flaky dry skin that can crack if they get too thick. Beside being painful, these open wounds can increases the risk of infection. Regular pedicures will keep corns and calluses at bay and keep feet smooth.

2. Prevents Ingrown Toenails

Proper toenail trimming is crucial, especially with age. Incorrect trimming causes ingrown toenails, painful and prone to infection. Professional pedicures ensure precision, fostering strong, healthy nails—essential for athletes.

3. Removes Foot Odor

No one likes stinky feet! Pedicures remove dead skin, dirt and bacteria completely. The exfoliation you receive during a pedicure removes the bacteria which you can’t get rid of with daily washing. 

4. Increase Your Self Confidence

Pedicures can boost self-confidence by making feet look and feel good, whether in cozy settings or on the beach.

At Home Foot Care for Dry Cracked Feet

Regardless of how you feel about pedicures, there are many health benefits to having them on a regular basis. For most people, having dry cracked heels isn’t serious. However, in some cases, cracks in the heels can become very deep, cause pain, bleed or become infected. Here are our top picks for treating and preventing cracked heels in-between those professional visits.

Healing Lotion Bar

A Healing Lotion Bar is different than a moisturizer because it’s formulated with a wax that seals and protects skin while preventing moisture loss. If you have cracked skin or open wounds, reach for our Foot Lotion Stick. Foot Lotion Stick is made with wax that seals and protects. It won’t sting or burn when applied. Botanical oils and butters heal, repair, and hydrate dry, rough and damaged skin. We’ve added tapioca starch to prevent a greasy feeling. Super convenient to carry in your bag and airport friendly!  

Application: For best results, apply it every night before bed.  May be used two or three times a day as a daytime moisturizer.

Thick Moisturizers

If you are dealing with dry flaking skin that is not cracked or bleeding, than we suggest our NEEM CREAM.   Neem has anti-fungal and antiseptic properties to aid in the relief, repair and healing of chronic skin disorders and protects the skin from further dryness.  It’s a safe and effective natural solution for psoriasis, eczema, dry damaged skin, acne, burns, bruises, and much more. Perfect for nail fungus and foot odor.

Application: Apply as often as necessary until skin begins to heal.  We strongly suggest applying after bathing and as a daily treatment to maintain healthy skin.

Whipped Shea Body Butter

Our Whipped Shea Body Butter is another option to use as a moisturizing cream for your feet.  Our thick rich formula maintains hydrated healthy skin and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. If you are not dealing with fungus or foot odor, the whipped shea body butter is a great option for daily foot care.

Application: Keep a jar on your nightstand or by your comfy reading/TV chair and rub into your feet, hands, knees and elbows before bed every night.

Soak and Exfoliate

A foot soak and exfoliation are essential aspects of foot care, particularly in maintaining healthy, rejuvenated feet. A foot soak not only relaxes tired muscles but also softens hardened skin, making it easier to remove dead skin cells through exfoliation. This process helps prevent the buildup of calluses and corns while promoting smoother, softer skin. Exfoliation further enhances the effectiveness of moisturizers, allowing them to penetrate deeper into the skin for maximum hydration. Together, these practices not only improve the appearance of your feet but also contribute to overall foot health and well-being. 

Foot Soak Tips:

Itching, Burning & Odor

Experience relief from athlete’s foot with our Healthy Feet Foot Spray. Beyond soothing, it’s antibacterial, promoting tissue health. Plus, it moisturizes, leaving feet revitalized and odor-free, with a silky-smooth finish.

Application: Clean affected area with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Apply a thin layer over affected area twice daily or as needed. May be sprayed directly in shoes or boots to help control odor.

Use Caution:

For cracked heels due to medical reasons, avoid self-treatment. We recommend consulting a podiatrist for proper care, especially for severe cases.

Written By: Mary Ellen Wank, Wellness Advocate and Founder of LATIV, Natural Skin Revival DISCLAIMER

February 20, 2024 11:40 am

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