Happy Skincare Saturday!
This week we’re featuring our third Q&A session with the Skintervention Team!
We got some great questions from our Facebook followers for our new Q&A feature, and we’re answering your questions right here on the blog. We’ll be adding some of our other FAQs to the mix to bring you even more skin care help.
For more in-depth information on each topic, be sure to check out the Purely Primal Skincare Guide.
Today’s Q: Sandal season is approaching and my feet could use a little TLC! I have dry, cracked heels AND my toenails are yellow and brittle. Help!
We all want our feet to be as non-offensive as possible. But getting those feetsies into summer sandals requires a bit of preparation.
Let’s start with your heels! To get them ready, try soaking them every day for a week for about 10 minutes in a basin or bathtub with warm water and epsom salts. Add a drop of peppermint oil to stimulate circulation. It doesn’t have to be complicated. All you need is a big bowl, some salts, and some warm water. Before you remove your feet, try scrubbing with simple sea salt or a pumice stone or ped egg. Don’t go overboard – you don’t have to get it all in one shot. Follow with shea butter, cocoa butter, or a cuticle treatment of gently warmed jojoba oil. Take it a step further by finishing with a spray of peppermint hydrosol. (If you’re a DIY-er, Wellness Mama has an excellent recipe for a homemade Foot Salve.)
Now, let’s take a look at your toes! First off, ditch the conventional nail polish! Conventional nail polish is highly toxic and stifling to the nails. A common toxin found in conventional nail polish is formaldehyde – eeeek! Having your nails constantly covered in different polish can lead to problems with color and texture. Give your nails are break from polish when you can.
The root cause of many nail problems is nutrient deficiency. This can mean that zinc (and other minerals!) that are vital to healthy hair, skin, and nails are not being digested properly, which can lead to nail conditions such as brittle or discolored nails. Also ridges and pits in the nails. (For more information on nail problems, their causes, and what can help – refer to the Purely Primal Skincare Guide.)
Rest assured, there are some options for nail polish lovers! Several brands offer options FREE of toxic ingredients. A few of our personal favorites include Acquarella, Scotch Naturals, and Priti NYC. They may have slightly different application techniques, so be sure to read the instructions.
Thanks for reading!
Liz & Amanda
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