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10 Tips to Have Pretty Toenails

If you’re worried about your feet being spring- and summer-ready, the first problem area you should address is your toenails. To create pretty toenails, you need to first make sure your toenails are healthy. By trimming them and adding a pop of color, your toes will be ready for sandal weather.

We have put together the most useful foot care tips to make your feet and toenails look simply gorgeous.

#1
After the long winter that was spent wearing boots and sneakers, now it is finally time to flaunt your pretty, strappy sandals and let your feet see some sun. However, we all know that strappy and open-toed sandals or flip-flips look prettier on well-groomed feet. And, when you spend hours thinking about getting the perfect dress and makeup to have the best summery, fresh look, then why not spend some time making your feet ready for the summer season as well?

After all, it is not as complicated as you might think. So, we bring to you the best tips to wear open-toed or strappy footwear with confidence and style.

#2 Make sure to wash your feet daily.
Feet tend to get dirtier and sweatier than other parts of the body, so it’s important to have good sanitary habits. If you take showers in the morning and not at night, at least make feet-washing a part of your nightly routine when you get home. Aside from being a mark of good hygiene, doing this also stops you from carrying dirt into your bed.

Wash them with soap and warm water. This will cleanse your feet of sweat, dirt and bacteria that might be living there. Pay extra attention to the spaces in between the toes. Wipe your feet gently with a towel afterward.

Keep your toenails clean as well. If you walk around wearing sandals in the summer, you might find that your toenails get dirty. Take the time to clean them every time you bathe your feet.

#3 Keep your feet dry
One of the basic principles of hygiene is to keep your feet dry since moist conditions create a favorable environment for fungus to grow. You can do the following to keep your feet dry:

Choose shoes made from natural materials that will let your skin breathe.

Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes several days in a row.

Wipe your feet thoroughly with a towel after taking a shower

#4 Trim your toenails properly
Cut straight across: “The nails shouldn’t dig down on the sides,” advises Mauser. …

Use appropriate toenail clippers. …

Leave nails a little long. …

Cut nails when they’re dry, not wet. …

Make a few small cuts. …

Try filing. …

Don’t cut cuticles.

#5 Get rid of odors.
Dealing with odor is a problem many people face, since feet produce more sweat than the rest of the body and tend to harbor bacteria that creates a smell. If your foot odor has gotten out of hand, there are measures you can take to make them smell better right away.

Try changing your socks more often. If your feet tend to sweat a lot throughout the day, bringing an extra pair of socks with you could really help to decrease the odor that builds up. Change your socks when they get damp with sweat.

Keep your shoes clean. Sometimes the odor is worse when sweat and bacteria build up in shoes. Then every time you put them on, the problem is perpetuated. Wearing socks with your shoes, cleaning them every so often and buying new shoes when it’s time are all ways to reduce odor.

Try foot powder. There are many products designed to keep feet dry and odor-free. Try sprinkling foot powder, baby powder or talcum powder in your shoes before you put them on.