Confidence the Key to Being Comfortable With New Swim Fashions, Exposing Skin and Bare Feet at the Beach or Pool

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Those who are most confident about going to the beach or pool stay in shape by exercising, eating wisely, keeping their skin clear and moisturized, and tending to their feet and toenails.

For most people, being able to pull off current fashion trends with personal style is a confidence booster. And, without a doubt, no season of the year requires more self-assurance with regard to physical appearance than summer, when skin-exposing bikinis, tankinis, sandals and bare feet provide the backdrop to America's beaches and pools. Those who are most confident about going to the beach or pool stay in shape by exercising, eating wisely, keeping their skin clear and moisturized, and tending to their feet and toenails. They also select swimwear that's most flattering to their particular shape, whatever that may be.

Fortunately, current fashion trends in swimwear offer a wide range of options, both for men and women, making that part of the equation a little easier. The hottest trends for women this summer reflect a more feminine look, with graphic dots, bold color schemes and classic paisley and florals. Crochet is in vogue, both for bikinis and in detailing. One-piece suits with cut out sides emphasize midriffs and waists, while thongs and G-strings are on the wane, giving way to more classic styling, reminiscent of the 1960's.

Modest, retro styles are cool, and updated with prominent details, including ruffles, ribbon details and sequin or metallic embellishments. Midi sarongs that tie at the hip are also in vogue.

According to fashion correspondent Karin Eldor, for men, "the trend is primarily board shorts -- as in surfer style -- but the look encompasses many different styles and colors." Patterns from bold florals to conservative prints give guys the ability to select the style and length that they feel most comfortable with. Retro nautical styling is hot, as well.

However, even if you're in great shape and dressed in the latest beachwear, ugly feet can ruin self-confidence about going to the beach and pool. Like those who may be reluctant to wear a bikini because of their shape, many individuals are embarrassed to expose their bare feet because of unattractive yellow, discolored nails or rough, dry heels, and end up overly-dressed for social outings at the pool or beach.

Podiatrist Jack Morgan of Monterey Park, California, deals with patients whose self-confidence has been affected by unattractive feet. He says, "Exposing feet in open-toed shoes or sandals results in more emotional, psychological fear regarding the appearance of toenails. Whether young or old, even with a pedicure, yellow or discolored toenails and rough, cracked heels are not socially or emotionally acceptable."

Along with other podiatrists around the country, Dr. Morgan recommends Xenna Corporation's NonyX® Nail Gel for yellow, discolored nails and its CalleX® Dry Heel Ointment for rough, dry feet. Xenna CEO C. J. Buck says, "When I go to the Jersey Shore, I can't help but notice people's feet, because, well, that's the business I'm in. You'd be surprised how many men wear hot, sweaty sneakers on the sand and boardwalk. If they are not joggers, I often suspect they're hiding their toenails."

Patented NonyX Gel was developed to provide a natural solution to the problem of yellow, dark or discolored nails. Buck says, "NonyX is a topical, easy-to-use gel that breaks down and removes keratin debris - the discolored, yellow or thick granular buildup under nails which is the actual source of nail discoloration. It softens keratin debris using natural ethanoic acid, and permits it to be scraped out from under the nail, beginning after about four weeks. Once keratin debris is removed, NonyX Gel keeps nails looking clear and attractive with regular use."

Podiatrists also recommend the natural enzymes found in acid-free CalleX Dry Heel Ointment for soft, supple heels and to exfoliate and thin thickened areas. Newly patented, CalleX has been shown in consumer studies to significantly reduce thick, dry, flaking skin and cracking on soles and heels within 15 to 30 days. Acid-free, diabetic-friendly CalleX moisturizes dry, rough or flaky skin, and exfoliates and thins thickened areas, while leaving normal skin unaffected.

According to Buck, "Most people really are concerned about whether or not their feet look attractive, and are especially self-conscious at the beach or pool. Thousands of people who've used our products have regained their confidence and are simply ecstatic to be able to show their bare, healthy-looking feet in public!"

NonyX Nail Gel can be purchased in the footcare section of Walgreens, Rite Aid, Longs, Drug Emporium, Brooks and most Medicine Shoppe drugstores. You'll also find it at HEB and Brookshire grocery stores, through podiatric physicians, independent pharmacies and online at and CalleX Dry Heel Ointment is now available in the footcare section at Longs Drugs, from podiatric physicians and online at and To order NonyX Nail Gel or CalleX Dry Heel Ointment online, find a store near you or to view clinical photos, click on


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