The heat is rolling in, and off come the layers of clothes… but there is one body part we don’t enjoy showing. However the way to smooth, well-groomed, summer-proof feet is simple: follow our advice.
For nine months we constrained them in shoes, boots and sneakers. We made them walk, march, run, dance around on tip-toes and heels. Now it’s the (embarrassing) moment to show them to the world. And you suddenly realize that a last-minute pedicure is not enough. Starting with the nails: the mistreatment to which we subject our feet can alter the nail laminae, that can flake or thicken to the point their surface becomes wavy and whitish in color, sometimes even difficult to cut.
Not to mention mycoses, infectious processes affecting the nails and profoundly altering the color and shape of the interdigital spaces (so-called “athlete’s foot”). After a long winter, the plantar surfaces are often thickened and hyperkeratotic, especially on the heels or forefoot. Corns, calluses and warts can be really painful, and don’t look too great either.
One obviously shouldn’t wait for the summer to start treating these conditions, which often require the diagnostic and therapeutic expertise of a dermatologist. In these cases, the absolute priority is to treat the underlying pathology, especially if it is infectious; the aesthetic aspect will follow.
If you dream of smooth and perfect feet and your skin is still healthy, one of the most effective, quick and even fashionable remedies is using a peeling treatment applied to the food via a pre-shaped plastic bag and held in place for at least an hour. These “socks” contain a gauze soaked in a solution with keratolytic agents such as urea. 3-4 days after the treatment, the foot’s skin will begin to flake heavily, looking a bit like a scaly sock. However, at the end of this phase, which lasts 4-5 days, you will be left with perfectly smooth, soft, nicely-toned feet. All you have to do now is continue moisturizing daily to have more than presentable feet.
If, on the other hand, the skin is slightly aged, you should keep in mind that all facial- and other body cosmetic treatments can also be done on the feet. Solar exposure, progressive bone deformation and microtraumatisms due to the use of inappropriate footwear can result in blemishes on the back of the foot: roughness, spots, loss of elasticity and volume, veins and tendons standing out. One way to solve the problem is to use injections of natural hyaluronic acid, with a stimulating, revitalizing and revolutionizing effect. This allows to restore to the skin’s turgor and tone while reducing the visibility of the foot’s blood vessels and increasing skin brightness.
Another treatment which can be considered is Botox injections in the soles of the feet: this is effective for plantar hyperhidrosis, which can cause the skin to macerate, as well as bromhidrosis (i.e. smelly feet). The question I hear most often when I propose these injection treatments is how painful they are. Actually, by applying a suitable anesthetic cream beforehand, the discomfort caused by the injections is significantly reduced. Our feet say a lot about us and the care we have of ourselves: so pampering your feet will help both your appearance and your self-esteem!
Article of Dr Adele Sparavigna for https://4me.styl