Healthy Feet are Happy Feet

Taking care of your feet is extremely important. Both feet, combined, make up for 25% of the body’s bones, 18% of joints and 6% of the muscles. Doing damage to any of these parts can cause serious harm to your body. One of the best ways to stay healthy is by moving, whether it is through activities like walking, running, dancing, exercising or even cleaning the house.  I find one of the the best ways to compliment your healthy feet is a pedicure.

If you’ve never had one, make an appointment. Your pedicure will start with a warm foot soak to help soften and relax the skin and toenails. Next, a careful trim and file of the toenails. On to a nail cuticle treatment that includes the cuticles being pushed back and the application of nourishing cuticle oil.  An invigorating foot scrub to remove calluses and flaky, dry foot skin. Moisturizer is applied to accompany a foot and lower leg massage. The final touch is your favorite toe polish. When you look down at your feet, you’ll realize the pedicure was completely worth it. Your feet are smooth, soft, clean, and most importantly healthy!

Below are four 5-star favorites to help keep your feet and toes looking pretty and feeling happy between pedicures.

Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak With Epsom Salt – refreshes feet and toenails and soothes dry calloused heels leaving your feet feeling soft, clean and healthy.

Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub – all natural scrub to exfoliate and moisturize skin.

All Natural Antifungal Foot Cream – moisturizing organic relief with therapeutic grade essential oils of peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree.

Essie Nail Color Polish – My favorite color:  Lacquered Up. The color is on my feet in the picture above…along with a little sand from the beach!

 

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co.

 

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Health Benefits of Pedicures

Summer is right around the corner and of course that comes with a change in wardrobes. People will switch from wearing heavy sweaters, boots and thick socks to short-sleeve shirts, shorts and sandals. Are your feet healthy and ready to come out of hiding?

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime! All this wear and tear on your feet can be harmful if they are not maintained properly.

Pedicures are a great way to provide basic care for your feet. 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! They are for anyone who to take care of their feet.

Here are the top six benefits of regularly getting pedicures.

Early Detection of Problems

Receiving a regular pedicure can help the pedicurist detect early signs of corns, bunions and fungal infections. These conditions are easier to treat when they are identified in its earlier stages.

Decreases Chances of Infections

Clipping, cutting and cleaning of the toe nails prevents them from growing inward and causing infection. The elimination of dirt and bacteria from your feet will also help prevent nail diseases disorders (fungi) and foot odors. It is also important to keep toenails healthy because they protect toes from trauma.

Preserves Skin’s Moisture

A pedicure includes soaks in warm water and massages with oils and lotions that help preserve the moisture and integrity of your feet. Moisturized feet are less likely to get blisters, crakes or other foot problems. It is also important to keep your cuticles moisturized to prevent nails from growing out with ridges or split ends which can cause the nails to lift out of the nail beds.

Exfoliates the Feet

Exfoliation, or removal of dead skin cells, prevents the cells from accumulating and causing bunions or corns, which can be uncomfortable and painful. The removal of the dead skin on your feet, especially on the heel, encourages new cell growth which creates smoother and more attractive feet.

Promotes Circulation

The most enjoyable part of the salon pedicure is the massage. Massaging helps promotes circulation and helps relieve tension in the calves and feet. Increase in blood circulation can reduce pain and help distribute heat throughout your body.

Relaxes the Body

A good pedicure can be very relaxing. It helps you relieve stress and can be therapeutic. According to the British NHS information, massage therapy eases tension, stiffness and enhances well-being”.

Feet get little care compared to other parts of your body such as your hands and face. Healthy feet are vital to our overall health so don’t neglect them! Whether you go to a salon or you do your own pedicure, make sure to get one at least once a month to health your feet stay in good condition.

 

By: Nobilis Health