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2/28/13 10:12 A

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I sure will!

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2/27/13 8:17 P

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You're welcome! :) Any more questions, just let me know. :)

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Ok, thank you!

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2/26/13 7:32 P

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Well, it does make it easier, but I personally haven't used it. It takes longer to lessen callouses without it, but it can be done. :) More frequent pedicures, and using natural treatments such as warm milk soaks and vaseline help greatly. :)

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2/25/13 11:01 A

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Is callus remover the only way to get rid of them?

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2/24/13 10:13 A

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I apologize for being so late in responding. Once a month is great, but if your feet are particularly dry or callused, I suggest doing a pedicure twice a month. I understand your concern over the calluses. There are a few ways you can handle this - first, if you can afford it, going often for pedicures and speaking to your local salon about weekly or bi-weekly treatments specifically for calluses will help. Of course, if you're like me, and cannot go to the salon/spa so often, then I suggest buying callus removers and giving yourself pedicures often. NEVER, EVER fully remove a callus. I know that they are a bother, but you do not want to give yourself an infection. Of course, don't be afraid to remove some of the top layers of a callus. Removing the dead skin on the top of a callus is actually healthy for your feet. The general rule is - if it hurts, then you should stop. This pain indicates that you have moved past the dead skin of a callus and are now harming living skin. Patience is key with calluses, they cannot be removed immediately. Often, calluses can take several weeks of diligent care to get them to a more 'acceptable' state. I hope this has helped. If you have more questions or concerns please let me know! :)

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2/20/13 4:38 P

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I usually give myself a pedicure once a month. I am a little nervous because I have these weird callus on both of my feet in the same spot. I do not like them but I do not want to hurt my feet either.

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2/19/13 11:07 P

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Generally you can exfoliate your feet with a metal scrubber as needed. Just be sure that you are not taking off living skin, are not taking off too much callus, and are not irritating or harming your skin in any way. The truth is - everyone is different. As long as your skin does not look irritated and you are not having any problems you are fine. However, you seem nervous. May I ask if there is a specific reason that you are nervous? Perhaps I can help. Also, how often do you give yourself a pedicure? If I know this, perhaps I can help you develop a foot-care schedule that is the most beneficial to your feet. :)

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2/19/13 9:27 A

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How often can you exfoliate your feet with a metal scrubber?

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2/16/13 11:03 A

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Thanks! Never thought of that. :)

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2/15/13 10:23 P

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Kate, You might try putting this up as a blog question. Chris

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? By not eating added sugar, using Omega3s, base meals on veggies, water aerobics at least 3X week and using NuStep when I can't get to the pool.

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2/10/13 10:16 P

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Is anyone else in need of advice from a cosmetology student?

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2/8/13 3:12 P

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You're welcome. :)

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2/8/13 3:02 P

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Thanks, Kate. That was very helpful! Chris

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? By not eating added sugar, using Omega3s, base meals on veggies, water aerobics at least 3X week and using NuStep when I can't get to the pool.

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www.agingcare.com/

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2/8/13 11:16 A

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Lol, okay. Well, I like to get back to people right away. I have the same problem, my eyelashes are very scant. And, especially as your complexion, hair colour, and eyes are all very similar in tone it is very important to break up the 'monotone' effect. There are many ways to enhance your eyelashes. Despite my role in the cosmetology world I am not a fan of false eyelashes. To me, they look just that - 'false'. There are many thickening and lengthening mascaras out there, but I have found that only using one or the other is simply not sufficient. I suggest curling your eyelashes (make sure that this is done before applying mascara; doing it afterwards will pull eyelashes out), using a thickening mascara (I love Covergirl's Professional Super Thick Lash), and then applying a coat of lengthening or extending mascara (my personal fav is Avon's SuperExtend Extreme; it contains small fibers that cling to the end of the eyelash, instantly lengthening). Of course, as usual, you will want to use a brown mascara for a natural look and perhaps a dark brown or brown-black colour for a more pronounced look. I personally use black (I have a similar complexion to yours) and find it looks wonderful. It's all in what you like. I do not recommend using the products that promise to promote eyelash growth - many times these products come with warnings such as "May cause eyelid darkening". To me, it's just not worth it, not when an extra swipe of mascara can do the job! I hope this has helped. As usual, if you have any more questions or wish for me to clarify anything - just ask. :)

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2/7/13 6:38 P

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Kate--- this certainly is not an emergency! Take your time! Chris

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? By not eating added sugar, using Omega3s, base meals on veggies, water aerobics at least 3X week and using NuStep when I can't get to the pool.

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www.agingcare.com/

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2/7/13 6:19 P

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I apologize for my lack of response. I have not been online. Answers coming soon!! :)

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I have almost no eyelashes. My eyes tend to look 'beady.' I have blue eyes and very fair skin and light hair. Now my lashes are almost invisible and scanty --age 65. Chris

GOAL: Reduce A1C,BP,tryglicerides,and weight. HOW? By not eating added sugar, using Omega3s, base meals on veggies, water aerobics at least 3X week and using NuStep when I can't get to the pool.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT PLEASE SEE THESE LINKS:
www.caring.com/
www.agingcare.com/

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1/30/13 9:09 A

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Does anyone need advice?

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1/27/13 6:15 P

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Makeup Tip: To really find the right foundation shade for your skin:

1. Take the two or three closest shades that you want to test.
2. Put a little of each along your jaw line and compare. Tip: Try to look at the different shades in natural lighting to get the absolutely true colour comparison.

This will give you the shade that best matches you!

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1/25/13 4:56 P

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You're welcome. emoticon

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1/25/13 4:36 P

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Thank you thank you thank you! That is an awesome set of instructions!

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1/25/13 1:45 P

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Here's a basic pedicure procedure:

1. Remove existing nail polish. I suggest that this is done with an acetone remover, as this will remove colour faster and more efficiently. Don't worry, the acetone won't hurt your nails!

2. Cut and file your toenails. Tip: When filing, file from the center of the nail outward to prevent splitting of the nail. (You may do this before or after you soak your feet, but I prefer this before. It is typically done before soaking.)

3. Soak your feet in a warm foot bath for 10 minutes (maybe 15 if your feet are particularly dry and cracked). You may also throw in some bath salts if you wish. Tip: a quarter cup of milk in the bath will help loosen dead skin!

4. Dry Feet and Treat cuticles - Gently pat dry feet. If excess bath salts remain on feet, gently rinse with warm water and then pat dry. Apply cuticle remover to your cuticles (I love Sally Hansen's Cuticle Remover), leave on for a minute or two, and push back cuticle with an orangewood stick. IMPORTANT: DO NOT push back skin with excessive force. If it hurts, you're push into living skin. Also, I do not suggest using cuticle nippers. One false move with those bad-boys and you're in for an infection! Tip: While you've got the orangewood stick, clean under the free-edge of your nails, if you don't have a nail brush.

5. Using a foot scrub, a wet pumice stone, foot file, or a combination of these (I suggest this option), exfoliate your feet and remove excess callouses. Tip: Buy some callous remover if you have really stubborn callouses. Remember: DO NOT cut off a callous, or attempt to completely remove a callous in any way. Simply file it down (with a heavier-grit foot file or pumice) and blend it (with a finer-grit file, like a buffer) to be more smooth and even with the rest of your skin. It may take several months of regular pedicures for a callous to begin looking like healthy skin.

6. Massage your feet and calves using a moisturizer. There are many good foot moisturizers for the feet! Gently massage the feet for several minutes. This not only ensures that the moisturizer is being rubbed in, but it is good for your circulation. Wipe away excess lotion.

7. Using acetone remover (or alcohol if remover is not available), soak cotton pad and wipe nails free of excess oils.

8. Paint your nails - apply a basecoat, two coats of polish, and a thin topcoat. Clean up errors with remover-soaked cotton wrapped around the edge of an orangewood stick.

9. (optional) - Moisturize and massage your feet daily to keep them soft longer.

WARNING: DIABETICS AND THOSE WITH CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS (PARTICULARLY THOSE WITH CIRCULATION PROBLEMS) SHOULD NOT GET PEDICURES.


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1/25/13 11:07 A

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Thanks Erinlindsay! I will keep that in mind. Kate I had some more questions about a pedicure. I do my own pedicures, but I have always wondered what the proper procedure is for a pedicure. What do you do first? What tools should you use? Should you soak before you scrub? I like to take care of my feet and I want to do it the right way.

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1/25/13 10:09 A

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Ginger, I find that slopping on a bunch of vaseline/petroleum jelly after buffing, then slipping on cotton socks and sleeping with it, REALLY makes feet soft!

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1/25/13 7:06 A

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Does anyone need advice on hair, nails, makeup, skin? I'm a cosmetology student, I can help! Plus, maybe I'll post a few quick tips on those topics. What does everyone think of that?

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1/23/13 7:22 P

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I'm online and will be for a little while, if anyone needs any advice on hair, nails, makeup, skin, etc!

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1/23/13 6:18 P

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Yep, glad I could help! :)

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That makes a lot of since. Thank you!

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The metal foot scrubbers are great, but I understand what you're saying. The metal scrubbers seem best for quickly and efficiently removing bits of dead skin, but they aren't really made to smooth the skin. For that purpose there are buffers made specifically for feet. In fact, many metal scrubbers come with a buffer on the other side. The buffers are like fine sand paper. I suggest finding one of those. Then, treat your foot as you would your nails - the metal (like a metal nail file) quickens the job, and then the buffer (like nail buffers) give you that fine finish.

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I have some metal foot scrubbers that I use, but nothing ever seems to make my feet feel smooth and soft enough.

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Does anyone else need advice? I'm gonna try to get on here at least once a day, and will check this often. :)

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1/23/13 12:53 P

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This is a really common problem. There two basic approaches to this difficulty. First, if you have the money, it is very beneficial to the feet to have regular pedicures. The professionals at your local salon can solve the problem while you chill out and relax! However, I know this isn't always an option so here's what I recommend -

1. At-home pedicures are just as wonderful (and, you didn't hear it from me, but do the exact same thing with just as awesome results as you'd get at a salon!) Some tips:

- There are available many callous-removing products that will help you easily remove thick callouses
- Pumice stones are wonderful and feel so good on your feet!
- There are many homemade foot scrub recipes online. As long as they have an abrasive and something to moisturize your feet, they will work
- IMPORTANT: DO NOT ever remove an entire callous. Simply smooth it and blend it with the rest of your skin. As much as we don't like them, callouses are there for skin protection. Removing an entire callous puts you at risk for infection.

Something you may want to include in your pedi routine: A milk bath for 5 to 10 minutes (10-15 if your feet are particularly stubborn and dry) before your pedi. There are many recipes for milk baths, but basically it's warm milk and water. Tip: Whole-fat milk is the most hydrating! In fact, skim is not a good option.

Finish your pedi with a rich moisturizer. In addition, I find massaging my feet with this same moisturizer once in the morning and once in the evening helps.

I hope you have found this helpful. If you have any more questions or need clarification, just ask!

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1/23/13 11:56 A

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I have really dry feet. They feel awful. Is there something I can do or use to make them soft and smooth?

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1/23/13 7:31 A

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I'm a cosmetology student who would love to answer your hair, skin, makeup, and nail questions. I am nearly graduated and do very well, so don't worry, you are getting professional advice. In addition, I believe that health is the key to beauty, and have studied healthy, natural ways to improve hair and skin appearance and health. Does anyone have any questions?

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