In Hawaii, "Luau Feet" and Barefoot Etiquette Call for Healthy-Looking Feet

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The popularity of sandals has created a terrible dilemma for those who want to wear them in summer or on vacation, but are embarrassed about exposing feet that are unattractive because of discolored toenails or rough, dry heels.

Native Hawaiians, and everyone who travels to the islands, love sandals and healthy-looking feet. Although Hawaii offers five-star restaurants where attire is formal, the daytime atmosphere is definitely casual. Sandals are worn by all but the most formal businessmen and women. And Hawaiians prefer their local sandal style, which is, above all, comfortable.

If you're planning a trip to Hawaii, bring at least one pair of sandals and plan to wear them everywhere - don't pack the fancy ones, because to have "Luau" feet - you need to be laid-back and comfortable. Karen Kass, a travel professional with Starship Travel in Chicago says, "When clients ask me what they should take to Hawaii, I always tell them, 'comfortable sandals' - there's a lot of walking involved with visiting the islands."

Hawaiian feet must also be prepared to go barefoot. If you are invited to the home of a native, be sure to leave your sandals at the doorstep. This tradition respects the floors and rugs in Hawaiian homes which are easily damaged and stained by the gritty sand and dark clay of the islands. Going barefoot inside homes is therefore proper etiquette when visiting a native Hawaiian.

The popularity of sandals and socializing barefoot, however, can create a terrible dilemma for those who are embarrassed about exposing unattractive feet. The most common causes of unsightly feet are discolored toenails and rough, dry or cracked heels. Carol J. Buck is an expert on problems related to foot appearance. She is CEO of Princeton, New Jersey-based Xenna Corporation, which develops and distributes foot care products.

Xenna's NonyX® Nail Gel addresses the problem of discolored toenails and CalleX® Dry Heel Ointment thins thickened skin areas while it exfoliates and moisturizes dry cracked skin on heels and soles. She says, "Right about this time of year, we start to get calls from people asking how fast our products work. They are usually planning a summer vacation, and want to know how soon their feet will look good for the beach, pool or cruise. With our products, dry, cracked heels improve significantly within a month, but toenails can take 5 to 9 months, even longer, to improve in color and clarity. So we encourage them to start soon." Dr. Christopher Moore, a Carbondale, Illinois, podiatrist gets similar questions. "All of my patients, particularly women, are concerned about how their feet look. In winter, I'm often asked 'What can you do to make my toes look better by summer?'"

Xenna's patented NonyX Nail Gel exfoliates the dark, yellow or thick granular material called keratin debris, which can build up under nails over time, making them unattractive. NonyX Gel softens, breaks down and then clears out unattractive keratin debris using natural ethanoic acid, and is safe for diabetic use. Dr. Bret Ribotsky, of Boca Raton, Florida, says "Using NonyX is like brushing your teeth; it's a cleanser for toenails."

A recent clinical study confirmed NonyX Nail Gel significantly improves toenail color and clarity by exfoliating yellowing keratin debris from under the nail. To view a recent TV news release on use of NonyX Gel featuring Dr. Ribotsky's comments, go to http://easylink.playstream.com/networknewssource/nonyx/nonyx.wvx

Newly patented CalleX Dry Heel Ointment has been shown in consumer studies to significantly reduce dry, flaking skin and cracking on soles and heels within 15 to 30 days. Diabetic-friendly, acid-free CalleX moisturizes dry, rough or flaky skin, and exfoliates and thins thickened areas, while leaving normal skin unaffected.

According to Ms. Buck, the importance of foot appearance is recognized year-round in states where the weather permits year round sandal-wearing. But in cooler regions, feet are generally ignored until late spring when a close look or the latest sandal styles often spurs a trip to the footcare aisle at the local drugstore.    She says, "Whether their destination is Hawaii or the public pool, most people want their feet to look attractive in sandals, open-toed shoes or barefoot. Fortunately, thousands of people who've used our products have regained their confidence and are simply ecstatic to be able to wear sandals again."

NonyX Nail Gel can be purchased in the footcare section of Rite Aid, Walgreens, Longs, Drug Emporium, Brooks, BUTT Food Stores, Roundy's and most Medicine Shoppes. It is also available from podiatric physicians, independent pharmacies and online at http://www.drugstore.com and http://www.xenna.com. CalleX Dry Heel Ointment is available in the footcare section at Longs Drugs and Roundy's and from podiatric physicians. Online retailers include http://www.drugstore.com and http://www.xenna.com.

Xenna Corporation is a privately-held company which develops and distributes natural personal care products for skin, hair and nails.

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