If your toenails look yellow, misshapen, and just plain unsightly, you likely dread putting on a pair of sandals or heading to the pool. Fortunately, there are things you can do to get your toenails looking great for the upcoming summer. Follow the tips below and you won't care about what you wear on your feet.

Get a Pedicure

Pedicures are a great way to provide your feet with basic care. A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment specifically for your feet and toenails. During the treatment, the therapist will clean your feet, slough off dead skin, provide toenail care, and massage your feet.  One great benefit of pedicures is the technician can detect early signs of toenail infections, bunions, and corns.  Finding these things in the early stages allow you to get the proper treatment before the problem becomes severe.

Pedicures also decrease the chances of toenail infections. Cleaning, cutting, and clipping your toenails prevents them from growing inward instead of out. If they do grow inward, this can cause tiny breaks into your skin, and the perfect place for dirt and bacteria to get into. Keeping your toenails clean also prevent things like foot odor and nail fungi. If you are having a current problem with your toenails, the pedicurist can take steps to make them look healthy again. Make sure you keep going regularly so your toenails stay looking healthy throughout the year.

Watch Toenail Shape

If you trim your own nails at home, you should cut them straight across instead of rounded. If you cut your toenails rounded, you have a better chance of developing painful ingrown toenails. This is not only painful, but can make your toenails look bad. If you do not like the straight look, cut them straight, and then file the edges of your nails to make them look more rounded.  If you get pedicures, they can show you the proper way to file your toenails to keep them looking great.

Eat Healthy

What you eat can have an effect on the health of your toenails. Your nails are made from keratin, which is a strong protein. To keep this protein in your body, make sure you eat a good healthy diet, including things like minerals, vitamins, and protein. The best source of keratin are green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans.  You can also take keratin vitamin supplements.  Before you do this, however, contact your doctor for the proper amount.

Once you get your toenails healthy and beautiful, keep your nails painted with beautiful colors by a salon like Adevia SpaSalon to show them off this summer.