Apr
14

Keeping Your Feet Healthy: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

02E85096If you’ve never had foot problems, then you probably take your feet for granted. We walk on them all day, applying our full body weight to their soles. Blood and lymph circulate through our feet, and our feet contain multiple bones and joints. All of this information leads to one notion: keeping your feet healthy is a wise idea. If you want to keep your feet healthy, here are five strategies you might not be aware of.

1. Physical Inspection

By taking a look at your feet, you can learn a lot about their condition. Diabetics should inspect their feet every day, because diabetes often leads to sometimes devastating foot conditions. When you check your feet, look at your toenails. Any discoloration could be a sign of fungus. Take a look between your toes and on the soles of your feet. Peeling skin could also be a sign of fungus.

2. Don’t Just Make Them Pretty

Covering ugly nails with polish might not be taking care of the root cause of discoloration or cracks. If your nails have become unusually thick or if they have cracks or have changed color, then you could have an underlying fungus. Trim your nails, but make sure to do it correctly. You should always trim straight across; rounding the nails or cutting too close to the skin can cause painful ingrown toenails.

3. Choose the Right Footwear

Keeping your feet healthy entails dressing them properly. Start by using absorbent socks that will wick away sweat and keep your feet dry. When it comes to shoes, you should choose something that will allow maximum circulation. Leather shoes are a popular choice because they allow ventilation. Shoes with mesh fabrics are also a great choice. In addition, make sure you are wearing properly fitting shoes. Tight shoes can cause problems, such as ingrown toenails, calluses, and cramps.

4. Keep Your Feet Dry

Fungus and bacteria love damp, humid spaces, and sweaty feet provide a perfect breeding ground for these unwanted guests. After you take a bath or shower, make sure to dry your feet thoroughly. Then, as mentioned above, use absorbent socks and footwear that will breathe.

5. Protect Your Feet

If you share a shower with someone else, consider shower shoes. Using a shower at the gym or even in a hotel can lead to Athlete’s Foot. Public pools and locker rooms are also hotbeds for the fungus that causes Athlete’s Foot. In addition, avoid sharing footwear with others. Socks and shoes that are shared quickly make it easy to pass Athlete’s Foot from one person to another. Wearing your own footwear will ensure that your feet stay healthy.

We don’t often consider the health of our feet, but a few strategies will ensure that your feet remain healthy. If you think something is amiss, go see your doctor. In the meantime, use the strategies above for keeping your feet healthy.

Apr
14

The Benefits of Mouthwash

Brushing your teeth and flossing at least twice a day are definitely the best ways to keep your teeth healthy, prevent cavities, and prevent gingivitis. Brushing after meals, going to a dentist twice a year, are a couple additional options to help prevent oral health issues. If you do all of this and you add mouthwash to the equation, then you will be sure to prevent any teeth, gum, or mouth problems. Below are four benefits of using mouthwash in your daily oral care routine.

1. Mouthwash freshens your breath – One of the reasons that most people use mouthwash is to help freshen their breath. Obviously brushing your teeth can help with this too, but mouthwash not only reduces bad breath, but it eliminates it and prevents bad breath for hours after use. Mouthwash does this by killing bacteria that cause us to have bad breath. If you do not have time to brush after every meal, then mouthwash can be a good way to control your bad breath between brushing.

2. It prevents plaque buildup – Not every mouthwash will be as effective in preventing plaque from building up on your teeth, on your gums, and in between your teeth, but most of them do. Mouthwash provides you with a barrier of defense in between your daily brushings. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that mouthwash will reduce the amount of plaque already on your teeth, but it does not. You still need to brush and floss in order to get rid of plaque.

3. Mouthwash removes food from your mouth – A lot of people think that mouthwash is only necessary after you have already brushed your teeth, but it is also good to use before you brush. Mouthwash is good for removing any loose food particles from in between your teeth or the back of your mouth before brushing. Getting rid of these loose particles will make the rest of your oral care routine more effective.

4. It helps prevent cavities – Using mouthwash regularly before and after you brush your teeth will reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and therefore, it will reduce the chances of you getting cavities in your teeth. Mouthwashes that have fluoride in them are especially good for reducing bacteria, preventing cavities, and strengthening the enamel on your teeth. Not every mouthwash has fluoride in it, so be sure to check the ingredients on the bottle before you buy your mouthwash.

Using mouthwash cannot replace brushing your teeth or flossing. Mouthwash is simply a way to add to the benefits of the rest of your oral care. A lot of people complain about the burning feeling that they get from mouthwash, but there are other options for people who dislike that feeling. Check with your dentist to find the right mouthwash for you.

Apr
14

How to choose the best facial for your skin

Cosmetician applying facial beauty mask for young beautiful woman at spa salon

Getting a facial can be really confusing for first timers. A lot of people actually have never gotten a facial simply because of how confusing it may be. We don’t want to sound unintelligent if we ask for the wrong thing or do not understand which types of facials will be best for our skin. All of the complicated words and jargon used by spas will make most people think that they need to go online and research facials for hours (or days) before they will be ready to order the facial that they want and need. The truth is, getting a facial does not need to be that complicated or scary. Here are the most important things to consider when ordering your facial.

  1. Know the basic information about facials

Most people will probably go for a classic facial, especially if it is their first time. This traditional facial is a standard procedure for cleaning, exfoliating, extracting, and moisturizing your skin. It can be a great solution for people with normal or dry skin. The scariest part about this facial, and the part that most people may not understand, is the extracting. Extracting is the part that may hurt a little bit. Although mildly painful, extracting is safe for most people as long as the person performing your facial does the procedure correctly. Your aesthetician should use steam to first soften your pores. If you have rosacea or eczema, then you should ask your skin care specialist to use a warm towel rather than steam because steam can cause your face to turn very red. They should then cover their fingers with gauze in order to prevent pinching. If the pain is too much for you or you feel pinching, ask your aesthetician to stop because too much pressure can cause skin damage.

  1. Make sure your skin is treated correctly

It’s not uncommon for the lotions used during a facial to cause your skin to break out. Sometimes even just the massage during the facial will cause a breakout. If you see the terms ‘purifying’ or ‘clarifying’ listed next to the name of the facial, then this means that this procedure is for someone who has acne prone skin. These facials should include a cleanser, mask, and peel. You should try to avoid getting a scrub on acne prone skin because they can cause skin irritation and scarring.

  1. Make sure to spend more money on the right procedures

There are a lot of facials and treatments that sound truly weird. Some of these treatments include use of snake venom or caviar. These treatments are typically just gimmicks that cost a lot and do nothing. While there are a lot of procedures available that are not worth the splurge, there are some that are. LED facials are actually really good for your skin because they aid in eliminating bacteria and they can help get rid of your unwanted acne. Other LED facials will help stimulate collagen production with little to no recovery period.