Toenails require daily maintenance. This includes washing in soapy water, filing and obligatory cleaning of dirt. This will make your feet look more well-groomed, as well as avoid discomfort and the development of fungal infections.
At the end of the day, be sure to take a warm bath or shower, during which you thoroughly wash your feet with soap. If a lot of dirt has accumulated under your nails, rub your fingers with a soapy washcloth or brush - this will make them a little cleaner.
Pour warm water into a basin and add a little herbal decoction of oak bark, celandine, mint, chamomile or thyme. To prepare it, pour a glass of boiling water over 2 tbsp. tablespoons of dry herbs, cover and wait 20 minutes until they are brewed. Soak your feet in this bath for 10-25 minutes to soften the skin. Then the nails will be much easier to clean.
Take one leg out of the pelvis and dry it with a dry towel. Then, carefully remove any dirt that has accumulated under your nails with a wooden or bone spatula. Be sure to gently brush away dirt in and around your nails, where it often collects as well. Then repeat this procedure with the other leg. In this case, do not use scissors or other sharp metal objects to remove dirt - you can damage the skin and infect an infection that will cause an inflammatory process.
After the dirt has been completely removed, trim your toenails 1 mm away from the skin. This will keep them looking tidier, and the dirt under the nails won't collect too much. Then work the edges of the nails with a ceramic file, guiding it from the edges to the center, so as not to damage the horny substance. Finally, polish the nail plate with a special file, as the nails on the feet are usually rougher.
If your nails are yellow and still look messy, prepare a lemon juice bath for them. To do this, dissolve 2 tbsp in a liter of warm water. tablespoons of lemon juice and dip your fingers into this solution so that it completely covers the nails. Let sit for 10 minutes and then rinse with plain water. Lemon juice will lighten the nail plates and even strengthen them.
Finally, apply a moisturizing and nourishing cream to your feet, not forgetting about your toes. This will make the skin on your legs much softer. When the cream is dry, put on your socks.
Repeat these procedures at least a couple of times a week, especially in summer when open shoes are most commonly used. Better yet, remove dirt from under your toenails as soon as it appears, such as after gardening.