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The most common fungal infection to affect the feet is athlete’s foot. Toenail fungus is another common infection. Both of these issues are caused by various fungi that live on the dead skin cells of your outer skin layers, hair, and toenails. These fungi are most often found in warm, moist environments – like your work boots or sweaty socks, but also nail salons, swimming pools, public showers, and locker rooms.

If you’ve never had a fungal infection on your feet before, you might be expecting to sprout green toenails. But no, foot fungus doesn’t look like quite like that.

Athlete’s foot symptoms can vary, but they generally include peeling, cracking, and scaling. Your skin may be red and feel itchy and burn-y, in addition to developing blisters and feeling more fragile than usual.

Toenail fungus, on the other hand, results in white, brown, yellow discolored toenails, which may also become thicker or crack.

So, how to treat it? You can use prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, as well as DIY treatments to fight fungal infections.

Prescription medications. Oral antifungals such as fluconazole (Diflucan) and terbinafine (Lamisil) are usually used to treat toenail fungus, though they can come with pesky side effects like dizziness and upset stomach.

Over-the-counter medications.

Look for an over-the-counter antifungal treatment containing terbinafine, tolnaftate, miconazole, ciclopirox, or clotrimazole.

DIY treatments.

Plant-based, natural antifungal treatments include tea tree oil, oregano oil, vinegar, and coconut oil. You can also use Listerine or Vicks VapoRub directly on the infection. All of these treatments need to be applied at least once a day until the infection goes away.

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Aging Gracefully: Top Beauty Tips for Women Over Forty

Mature women are sexy as well as wise due to their years and confidence. But sometimes the changes that we see on our faces and skin make us lose sight of how awesome we are. Physical changes in hair color, skin texture and tone make us feel like we’re getting old ungracefully. It doesn’t have to be that way! Your skincare regimen and style does need to change, though, to accommodate your beautiful, changing form. To that end here are a few top beauty tips for women over forty.

Change Your Wardrobe Color Palette

Your skin and hair are probably changing. As such, clothing colors that suited you before may not look as good now. Try adding a little warmth to the color scheme of your wardrobe. Women over forty often play it safe, selecting beige and cream garments. Unfortunately, pale colors detract from mature beauty, leaving you looking washed out. Bring back that healthy glow with rich, warm shades. If you have silver hair, then warm reds like mulberry, burgundy, or auburn often accent well with your “new” hair color.

You can wear a wide array of colors, but go for high pigments and richly colored fabrics. Don’t feel like you’re stuck with autumn colors either. There are plenty of bright colors that look fantastic on women of your age. Turquoise, sunflower yellow, and lavender are examples of energizing colors that enhance your appearance.

Beauty Tips For Older Skin

As you know, your skin becomes drier as you get older and requires extra moisture to stay supple. However, don’t forget to exfoliate dry skin to aid absorption and get rid of flaky dry patches. A dab of bicarbonate of soda mixed with water will do the trick. Or, you can opt for a luxury scrub from a beauty shop.

Once flaky areas are gone, your skin will be ready to soak up moisturizer. There are many commercial varieties, but you’ve probably been exposed to their chemical content over the years. Perhaps you’ll enjoy natural ways of adding moisture.

Remember to hydrate by drinking water, and consider using natural oils to keep your skin smooth and supple. Add essential oils to argan oil or sweet almond oil for a great natural moisturizer. Rose geranium or lavender are good choices. Otherwise use them alone, and they will still be effective.

Hair Care Tips for Aging or Damaged Hair

Your hair is dry, and perhaps brittle if you’ve not added moisture or had trims. As a rule of thumb cut off split ends every four to six weeks. Otherwise, they spoil your appearance. Regular shampoo and conditioner might not repair your hair’s condition. Use a deep oil treatment monthly. Alternatively, add a tablespoonful of coconut oil to your regular conditioner or, before drying, rub it into the ends of your hair. Next, smooth the surplus of the oil, left on your hands, from the top of your hair downward.

You’re over forty, and it’s your turn to shine. You can look better than ever by following some of these beauty tips, and restoring the lost moisture of your hair and skin. Also select rich, or highly pigmented bright colors when deciding what to wear for an attractive appearance.


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