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Let Your Toenails Breathe

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Let Your Toenails Breathe

Take periodic breaks from putting polish on your toenails

Strappy sandals, peep-toe pumps and bare beach feet all scream for one thing come summer: the perfect pedicure. But before you apply that pretty pearly polish, here are a few healthy tips for your toenails:

Give your nails a break from polish. Don’t keep your toenails covered all summer. Do the polish on-polish off method. Polish your nails and leave them polished for a few weeks, and then remove the polish and go without for a few weeks. Though your nails might seem hard, they are much more permeable than your skin. This means the pigment in nail polish can soak into the top few layers of the nail, drying it out and leaving your nail plate (the hard part of the nail right on top of the skin) susceptible to bacteria, mold, mildew and yeast.
Fight stains. If your toenails are white and chalky in appearance when you remove the polish, this means they need to be nursed back to health. Gently rub vitamin E oil into the nail bed. If they are merely stained (you can tell if you see your natural pink nail grow out from the cuticle), the stain will eventually grow out. Toenails grown only about a millimeter each month, so you’ll need to be patient. And avoid polishing them during the growth period.
Wear breathable fabrics. Keep your feet dry during the day by wearing cotton socks and sandals or shoes made of natural fabrics and materials such as cotton or leather

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