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Now that you've just dropped a few paychecks on those strappy Louboutins, stuffing your Old Woman Winter feet into them is just not going to happen. Don't pretend like you don't know "winter feet" -- your toes were hibernating all season, nails growing like weeds, cuticles out of control -- you may even be rocking big toe hair, but that's a fix for another day. Funky toes can easily place your Louboutins in the low rent district. What you need is a regular regimen to make sure your toes are always ready for their closeup. While there are no hard and fast rules on how often you should get a pedicure, there are some basic guidelines for keeping your feet prettied up all year round.
Your toenail polish can look as neat as the day you walked out of the salon with regular pedicures. Many nail technicians recommend a visit at least once every four weeks to keep nails clean, groomed and feet callous-free. If you're a gal who likes to change up her color frequently, or if you're attending a special event, such as a wedding, a party or a hot date -- don't be shy about stepping into the salon for a fresh coat of paint. Pedicure guidelines are not set in stone. Your pedicure schedule also depends upon what you do for a living. Athletes who run track or play tennis, or a mail carrier who is on her feet for eight hours a day may need more frequent pedicures than someone who has a desk job.
Getting regular pedicures helps keep your feet in top health. Your nail technician will trim and groom your nails properly to avoid ingrown toenails. She can also point out any problems, such as infections or skin trauma you might miss. Keeping rough heels and callouses at bay also requires regular soaking, filing or smoothing, which is done during a pedicure. A foot massage given during a pedicure stimulates blood flow, relieves tension and makes you feel relaxed and pampered. Toenail polish also looks unkempt if it is left on long enough to chip, crack or peel. and a pedicure keeps polish looking fresh.
When to Skip a Pedicure
Skip a pedicure when you are in the throes of an active athlete's foot or toenail fungal infection which can be spread to your nail technician or other patrons of the nail salon if proper hygiene is not maintained. Athlete's foot manifests itself with burning, itchy, flaky skin between the toes or on the soles of your feet. Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis -- say that three times real quick -- can be caused by several different types of fungi or yeast, and causes your nails to become thicker, yellowed, darkened or to lift away from the nail bed.
You don't need to drop a lot of dough on salon pedicures. You can easily do a pedicure at home with the right tools and a supply of good-quality polish. You can also make a pedicure into a fun evening with your besties. All you need are some big bowls, some mild soaking suds, nail clippers, emery boards or files, alcohol (you don't want to pass around your junk, right?) lots of tissue or cotton balls, nail polish remover, toe spreaders, a few orange sticks here and there and -- of course -- lots of pretty base colors to try out. Don't forget the top coat to help your toes stay perfectly painted until the next time.