It's Foot Makeover Time: Five Steps to Attractive Feet

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Now's the time for most of us to take stock of how we've neglected our feet during the cold months. After a winter spent in boots, skin on feet tends to be dry and scaly or have thickened areas, and the appearance of toenails may be shocking. Since sandal season is just around the corner, both men and women are scrambling to get feet looking nice for summer.

Now's the time for most of us to take stock of how we've neglected our feet during the cold months. After a winter spent in boots, skin on feet tends to be dry and scaly or have thickened areas, and the appearance of toenails may be shocking. Since sandal season is just around the corner, both men and women are scrambling to get feet looking nice for summer.

C. J. Buck, CEO of Xenna Corporation (http://www.xenna.com) is a foot care expert who understands the embarrassment many people have about baring their feet. She says, "Spring is when concerns about foot appearance jump to the forefront. Sandal season is rapidly approaching, and no one wants to pair ugly feet with great-looking new sandals."

According to Buck, "Part of the problem for most people is simply that feet often get put at the bottom of the cosmetic 'to do' list. A realistic approach involves making a commitment to take the time necessary to enhance the appearance of your feet, as you would your face or any other part of your body." Buck offers the following tips to get feet in shape for summer:

1. Start by getting into a regular foot care regimen. A daily aromatherapy foot bath provides both stress relief and the opportunity to concentrate on foot appearance. Fill a container (big enough to house both of your feet) with very warm water and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

2. Examine toenails regularly. For unattractive toenails, Buck suggests patented, natural NonyX® Nail Gel, a topical, easy-to-use gel that breaks down and removes keratin debris - the discolored, yellow or thick granular buildup under nails which causes them to appear yellow, dark or discolored. Diabetic-friendly, NonyX uses natural ethanoic acid to soften and remove keratin debris buildup, leaving nails clear and healthy-looking with regular use.

3. Trim toenails carefully and tend to cuticles. Toenails should always be trimmed straight across - easier to do when they're damp from the shower. Toenails also deserve the attention of a scrub brush to clean underneath. Invest in high quality instruments and never share pedicure or manicure implements with anyone else. If cuticles are a problem, use a cuticle remover and then push back the cuticle or trim any remaining skin with cuticle nippers.

4. Exfoliate and moisturize. Xenna's acid-free, diabetic-friendly CalleX® Dry Heel Ointment thins and softens hardened skin and exfoliates dry, cracked heels. Its patented, natural enzymes selectively exfoliate only dry, cracked, thickened and scaly skin while its petrolatum base retains natural skin moisture, leaving heels and soles baby-soft and smooth.

5. Use nail polish sparingly; Use sunscreen liberally. While nail polish provides a temporary fix for unattractive toenails, continuous use is not advised. Toenails need to breathe and have occasional breaks from polish. Fresh air and sunshine are great for feet and toenails, but sunscreen is advised to protect sensitive skin from harmful rays.

For more information on feet and foot care products, visit http://www.xenna.com.

Shopping locations:

Essential Oils: Bath and Body Works, visit http://www.bathandbodyworks.com.

Pedicure Tools: Visit http://www.amazon.com for Tweezerman, Sephora, Seki and other fine nail implements.

NonyX Nail Gel: Foot care aisle of Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Wal-Mart, Longs, Eckerd Pharmacy, Brooks Pharmacy, Kerr Drug, Duane Reade, HEB grocery stores and most Medicine Shoppes. Online: http://www.drugstore.com and http://www.xenna.com.

CalleX Ointment: Foot care aisle of Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kerr Drug, HEB and Bi-Lo grocery stores. Online: http://www.drugstore.com and http://www.xenna.com.

Copyright Xenna Corporation 2007

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