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By: Vicki Malo
Posted: January 2, 2013, from the January 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Effective skin management of the feet requires delivering ingredients into the skin in a manner that will enhance the skin’s function and add moisture to the epidermis. Today, skin on the feet need nonocclusive moisturizers with humectants, such as urea—not the heavy salves and occlusive creams of yesteryear. Mousse-based technology is the latest type of formulation to add moisture into the layers of the skin on the feet. And like all skin on the face and body, if it is dry, it needs moisture every day. Commonly, the skin on the feet is neglected, because most clients do not take the time to apply products. Plus, according to an independent study by the North American School of Podology, 75% of spa-going clients exhibit signs of athlete’s foot and, more often than not, it is only recognized as dry skin. Because of this, chances are good that the skin on the feet needs more than moisturizers; it also may need products that contain anti-fungal agents. Nail technicians should always practice the three Rs: recognize, recommend and refer.

Knowing the condition of the skin on the feet and recognizing skin disorders is imperative to ensure your client is receiving the right products for the right type of skin. Educating clients about the correct foot care products is imperative in maintaining the health of the skin on the feet, and enables the client to have healthy, happy feet.

Vicki Malo has been working in the beauty industry since 1986 as a highly trained esthetician, CIDESCO Diplomate, RMT and BSc Pod, and is currently the president of the North American School of Podology and vice president of education for Footlogix. Malo’s educational experience includes numerous skills: advanced skin care, advanced foot care, high level training for infection control and business issues in the skin care industry.