Welcome to the closed-toe shoe and sock season!  Unless you are traveling somewhere warm, consider your feet in hibernation mode for the next 5 months!

It’s time to put your sandals away and take your polish off. We often focus on what we put inside of our bodies (food and drink), but fail to consider what we put on the outside of bodies (cream, lotion, polish). Like anything, too much of something isn’t a good thing; like constantly wearing nail polish.

Nail polish can cause discoloration to your nails. It also creates a dark environment for nail fungus to thrive. The polish creates a barrier between the nail and the product you are hoping will absorb into the nail – such as an anti-fungal medication, nail hydrating serum, cuticle oil, thus not allowing these beneficial products to absorb into the nail. Frequent use of nail polish remover also causes discoloration and significant drying of the nails.  Pits and divots can form in the nail, mimicking the appearance of nail fungus.

At Barefoot, we embrace the healthy nail and have solutions for nail repair.  If after you remove your polish and you find something that concerns you, let us know and we can help.  We have treatment options for fungal nails, dry/brittle nails, and unhealthy cuticles. Oh, and by the way, not all pedicures and manicures need to end in polish application!  The application of a nail serum infused with oils, vitamins and biotin will greatly enhance the “natural nail” and help to restore the health of your nails.

Like everything in life, moderation is key!  Give your nails a break and let your natural nail repair itself during these sock and shoe covered winter months.

– Dr. Julie