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Not everyone is good at keeping up with regular pedicures, and if you are like me, and go barefoot a lot, or wear flip flops, your feet undoubtedly show the signs of neglect.

One of the best and fastest ways to infuse some much needed moisture into dry cracked feet is Vaseline. Here is how you do it- At bed time, slather your feet with Vaseline, and I mean spackle that stuff on. Wrap your feet really well in cling wrap. (this prevents the vaseline from rubbing off on your sheets or socks, which does no good at all, and it leaves a lovely oily stain on your sheets.)

Pop a pair of socks on over the cling wrap and go to bed.

Do not try to walk around.

Trust me on that.

It feels a little funny, and the cling wrap will move around in your socks by morning but it does a great job of holding the moisture from the vaseline in, and keeping it on your feet for as long as possible. Some times I will apply a little cream first and then the Vaseline.

I also use a foot sander about once or twice a week, fresh out of the shower. If you do this regularly it is a lot less work. If you have waited too long and have a lot of excess skin and calluses to sand off, and need to use a more coarse file, be sure to finish off with a finer grit file. If you don't you will end up with rough patches and little hooks of dry skin on your feet in no time. You know the ones- they make that terrible scratching sound when you slide your feet against the sheets, or they catch on a carpet. Yeah, those ones. Not good.

 

Toe nail fungus. Ew, I know. But- it happens. And it can be very difficult to get rid of.

There are lots of over the counter creams and powders and ointments and sprays. All are effective to a certain degree. But there is always that person who is resistant to those treatments.

I will let you in on a little secret.

Vicks Vapo rub.

I know, it sounds weird, and I would not believe it myself if I didn't see it with my own eyes. My husband Some one I know had fungus on his big toenail for years, and tried every spray/powder/cream and even the pills.

Nothing worked.

His mom suggested he try Vicks Vapo rub.

I am a skeptic when it comes to these types of things, but he was desperate, and we had some in the cabinet, so why not? Well, I am pleased to report that within a week of beginning a nightly application of VVR to his big toenail with a Q-tip, it started to show signs of going away. He is now a few months into 'treatment' and it is almost completely gone. After some googling of this miracle treatment, I find it is quite common on long term care facilities to use VVR for toenail fungus.

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