I know I’ve written about how flaking is a common problem with pedicures before, but this post will show you how to remove it from your toes.
While pedicurists will typically recommend removing flaking at this point in the process, if you’re not used to removing the skin, this step might seem intimidating.
So, let’s get started.
Step 1: Apply an anti-fungal cream To start off, you’ll want to apply an antifungals cream to your feet.
This will prevent fungus from growing on the skin surface, which will make it easier to remove.
Make sure to apply a moisturizing oil as well, as this step is the most important.
You want to use a moisturizer that has anti-microbial properties, which means it will make the skin less prone to infection.
You can also use a cream that contains an anti‐inflammatory like this one.
You should also apply a hydrating oil before applying the cream, since that will help prevent dryness.
Step 2: Wash your feet In the morning, wash your feet in warm water to loosen the skin.
Apply a light, non-irritating scrub to the area, using a scrub brush or a cotton swab to get rid of any dirt or debris.
Apply the cream to the feet in the morning and use a gentle scrubbing motion to clean the skin and remove any remaining flaking.
Next, wash with a non-toxic, non–greasy soap and water, using an antibacterial soap or a scrubbing soap like this.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you’re done.
If you’re using a moisturizers, this process can take up to five minutes, depending on how much flaking there is.
If there’s a lot of flaking, you may want to consider using a softer, non‐greasy scrubbing solution like this if the skin is dry.
You’ll want a clean, clean surface for this step, so you’ll need a clean towel to get the job done.
Finally, repeat steps 1–3 again until you’ve finished removing the flaking and removing any remaining fungus.
Step 3: Apply a moisturization oil After you’re finished washing your feet, apply a light moisturizer to the skin to help prevent further damage.
You may want a gentle, nongreasy oil like this to help minimize irritation, since this step can take a long time.
You might also want to try a cream or a moisturiser that contains a anti‐fungaling agent, like this oil.
You don’t want to be using a non–toxic oil like the one pictured here, because it can make the flaky skin more likely to get infected.
I would recommend trying a non‐stick oil, like one with a low glycemic index.
This way, it’ll help minimize the chances of it getting infected.
Finally you’ll apply a mild moisturizer like this that’s just a tad thicker than your usual moisturizer, and then wash it off with a mild, non−greasy, non––stick soap and a soft sponge.
Step 4: Apply your foot cream This is the time to apply your foot care cream.
It should be applied with the tip of a finger or a soft brush.
It’s important to apply this moisturizer over the entire area that needs to be covered in the creams, as it will help make the area look smoother and reduce the chances that the flakiness will stick to the fabric.
Make it so that you apply the cream in small circles around the entire surface of the foot, starting from the top to the bottom.
You won’t need to apply it all the way down to the toes.
This is also a good time to put on a foot cover to protect the skin from any debris and bacteria that may be growing on it.
You’re not going to need to use your foot cover for this process, as you’ll just apply it around the edges to get as much moisture as possible.
Next step: Apply moisturizer and foot cover To help prevent fungus growing on your feet from growing, it’s important that you use a product that contains anti‐microbial agents.
You could also try a moisturize that contains vitamin E or even a nonalcoholic non–alcoholic beer.
Step 5: Apply the foot cover Step 5 will be the last step of your foot routine.
This step is typically where you’ll wash the feet, since there are many times that you want to wash the skin first before applying any treatment.
You do need to keep the surface clean, so if you use this step as part of your routine, you need to take your time and make sure you wash the entire foot.
For more tips on how to care for your feet and the steps you can take to improve their health, check out my post, 10