Most of us are better about maintaining good foot care and grooming practices while our feet are exposed during the summer months. Unfortunately these diligent habits often fall by the wayside as the weather becomes colder, which, when combined with the dehydrated climate and a hot pair of high-heels, can lead to a multitude of painful, unpleasant foot issues from blisters to calluses. Dry, cracked, uncomfortable feet needn’t ever be a burden, however—regardless of the season. From important medical tips to the most luxurious and highly effective products, beautiful feet are, shall we say, very close at hand.
Ahava Mineral Foot Cream
Using the unique, powerful and extremely healing minerals that are found exclusively in the Dead Sea, Ahava’s Essential Dead Sea Treatment products are, in a word, fantastic. The Multi Vitamin Dry Oil has become a red carpet secret for glowing, radiant skin, and the Mineral Foot Cream in particular stands out for its highly effective properties in restoring and renewing the skin on feet and legs. Effective as a preventative method of hydration and for soothing fatigued feet, this is an absolutely essential product.
Bliss Diamancel # 11 The Tough Buffer
The remarkable Diamancel # 11 pedicure paddle—also aptly known as the “Tough Buffer”—comes straight from the renowned Bliss Spa. Beautiful baby-smooth feet are literally just a few effortless strokes away with this incredibly useful and extremely practical instrument. Made with real diamonds and purposefully designed with an extra coarse surface to buff away even the toughest calluses and dry skin, this is an absolutely indispensable tool for optimal at-home foot care.
June Jacobs Peppermint Foot Spray, Hand and Foot Polish and Therapy
Few natural ingredients are as refreshing or invigorating as peppermint. June Jacob’s Peppermint Foot Spray, Hand and Foot Polish and Hand and Foot Therapy cream offer pure exhilaration. Each product is formulated with Jacob’s highest standards of excellence, utilizing only the finest natural ingredients as well as her vast knowledge and expertise in effective spa treatments. Check out the website for an incredible selection of Jacob’s exclusive and highly effective formulations.
KenzoKi Barefeet Fantasy by Kenzo
KenzoKi Barefeet Fantasy by Kenzo uses a rich and luxurious combination of capacu and shea butters to restore and nourish the feet. This lightly scented massage balm is truly delightful and extremely effective, leaving them soft and supple while helping to prevent dry skin. Each of the KenzoKi products is inspired by natural Asian elements, and this is also a perfect product to use for a romantic foot massage.
Vibram has virtually revolutionized footwear with the incredible Fivefingers. These rather unusual looking shoes are perhaps the best way to comfort and restore tired, city-worn feet back into shape. And their growing popularity has meant that they’ve recently become selling out at practically every retailer. Vibram has incorporated the natural, free motions of being barefoot into an exclusive design, which follows the contour and shape of the foot to enhance the performance of any activity—from city walking to working out, trail hiking and even running. Check out the website for an array of styles.
Pedicure tips from Dr. Oliver Zong
Although one of the most affordable and accessible luxuries is popping into a nail salon for a regular pedicure, there are many potential health risks one should be aware of. According to Dr. Oliver Zong, a New York cosmetic podiatrist and director of surgery at NYC Footcare, those who receive regular pedicures should proceed in doing so with caution. When not properly cleaned and disinfected, the whirlpool footbaths that are commonly used in nail spas are quite often a source for harmful bacteria. Here are Dr. Zong’s very practical steps to take when next visiting the nail salon:
Do ask salon workers how the foot spas are maintained and how often they are cleaned.
Do take notice of their actions while they are working on clients to see if footbaths are disinfected with each customer.
Do pay attention to the time spent cleaning footbaths between customers. The disinfectant needs to work for the full time listed on the label, typically 10 minutes, depending on the type of disinfectant.
Do check your skin for infection during the days following your pedicure. Open wounds may appear on the skin of your feet and legs during the days following your pedicure and can look like insect bites but increase in size and severity over time
Do visit your podiatrist or primary care physician if you suspect you may have a serious infection.
Don’t get a pedicure if you have cuts or abrasions on your feet or legs. Microorganisms living in footbaths can enter through the skin and cause infection.
Don’t shave or wax or use hair removal creams within a day before getting a pedicure.
Don’t get a pedicure if you have bug bites, bruises, scratches, scabs or poison ivy.