Diabetes, Implications for Pedicurists



As we know, today’s client is changing. We are seeing more clients who are over 65, who are living with chronic illness and – more diabetics. In 2015 there were 415 million diabetics worldwide and, by 2040, the number is estimated to rise to 642 Million.


What is diabetes and how does it affect us as pedicurists?

There are three types of diabetes, but it is mainly people with Type 2 who come to us for pedicures. 


Most people think of diabetes as just being a disease of the metabolic system, but it also affects three other systems in the body:  the circulatory, nervous and immune systems.

How does diabetes affect the feet?

The two body systems affected by diabetes that have the greatest impact on the feet are the circulatory system and the nervous system.

Circulatory system: There is frequently poor circulation in the feet of diabetics as evidenced by complaints of chronically cold feet. We can also see changes in the skin such as excessive dryness, pale color and the prominence of superficial blood vessels, the capillaries.  

Nervous system: Diabetic neuropathy is becoming a well-known term among diabetics, pedicurists and also the population at large. Diabetics frequently experience numbness, tingling and even burning sensations. It is the loss of feeling and sensitivity to temperature  which have the greatest implications for us.

What changes do we see on the skin of the lower leg and foot in the diabetic?        

– Dry, scaly skin with little or no hair growth              

– Thin, shiny, parchment-like skin on the leg, especially along the shin bone               

– Changes in color, often looking mottled purplish or brown in appearance               

– Buildup of excess dry, dead skin around the nail fold               

– Higher than normal amount of callus formation              

– High susceptibility to infection on the skin and nails, such as tinea pedis and onychomycosis

What are the implications when pedicuring a diabetic client using Footlogix products?        

1. Footlogix Client Consultation             

– Before starting the pedicure, look at the feet and record your observations on the Footlogix Pedicure Information Sheet             

– If there is any evidence of cuts, sores, ulcers of infection on the skin, refer the client to a medical practitioner and do not perform the  pedicure until healed

2. Footlogix Foot Soak

– Soak the feet of a diabetic client for no more that 3 – 5 minutes.

– Do not put the foot back into the water unless using the Footlogix Exfoliating Seaweed Scrub

3. Footlogix Callus Softener

– Spray liberally on calluses and allow to soak in for 3 – 5 minutes

– Spray across the nails

– Carefully remove any excess buildup of dry dead skin around the nail fold

– Do NOT push back the cuticles. Instead use a side to side motion using an excavator or fine manual of electric file

– Be extra gentle when cleaning under the nails

– Use the Footlogix Stainless Steel Pedicure File to reduce calluses on the heels and balls of the feet. These specially designed files will not shred the skin or harm healthy skin

– Spray over the entire foot to remove any dust after completing nail and callus work, then wipe the foot with a towel. This will give added moisture to the skin as well as removing any ‘dust’

4. Footlogix DD Cream Mousse with Dermal Infusion Technology

– Apply to the foot before the massage

– This product is ideal for daily use by diabetics

5.   Footlogix Massage Formula with Dermal Infusion Technology       

– Finish the pedicure with a gentle foot and leg massage using this non-occlusive massage formula       

– Use gentle effleurage on the legs with no deep tissue pressure on either or legs or feet

6. Frequency of Footlogix Pedicures for diabetic clients

– Diabetic clients should have a pedicure every four weeks

– Use the Footlogix “Prescription” pad as a reminder of booking their next pedicure as well as for giving directions on the use of home maintenance products




Why Practice Still Makes Perfect

We would like to start off the New Year with a post focussed more on the business side. We are all familiar with the cliché “practice makes perfect”, and we know that the more you do something, the better you will become at it. We stopped and thought to ourselves maybe this phrase should encompass more than just technique and practical?  With the vastly changing demographic landscapes the demand for pedicure services has grown beyond just technique and pretty toes.  Today, there is a much greater need for pedicurists with advance training and soft skills.

As a technician, you may be impeccable at making nails look ‘healthy and happy’, however, there are many areas where you can utilize skills to achieve greater benefits. Here are some areas where we can always use some practice:

Practice the Three R’s: Recognize, Recommend, Refer




Today’s clients are looking for knowledgeable nail technicians. Customers are asking more questions about ingredients in the products and how/why they work. Plus, your clients want to have their issues addressed. For example, problems such as dry cracked skin; this can only happen when the technicians can recognize skin and nail disorders. Continuously educating yourself on best practices is a great reminder as to what people are looking for and what is changing in the industry. How often do you check the Footlogix website for updates or continuing education? NASP classes offer excellent advanced education across North America. It is also extremely important, as a pedicurist, that you recognize minor skin conditions and recommend appropriate products for use at home.



Sales Pitch

It may seem daunting, but you are doing your clients a favor by offering products that can help improve their nails while they are not in a professional’s hand. A no-pressure sales pitch will allow you to educate your clients without having them feel obligated to make a purchase. Look at it as you are informing and educating, not making a sale. Sometimes people need to see the results to believe the product is worth purchasing. Of course, our nails will always look ‘healthy and happy’ leaving the salon; however, what do they look like a few days later?  How can they continue the experience at home?  The best thing to do is come up with a script and practice what you would like to say. Test it out on family and friends before you start on clients. Practice, practice, practice until it becomes part of every service.  The Footlogix consultation form will help you with addressing your client’s needs and making the recommendation an easy process.  


During the service, you can educate the client on the importance of regular visits to improve the health of their feet. It is good practice to add a closing statement that allows you to ensure the client’s return. You could say something along the lines of “We have been quite busy at the salon lately, to ensure you have a time that works best for you, let’s book your next appointment now.” The important thing is to ensure you don’t sound like you are being pushy, but that you genuinely care about your clients and the health of their feet. Don’t forget to use the Footlogix Home Care form to inform and instruct your client on proper home care, product use, and return visit.



Saying No

As technicians, we do not diagnose. It is important to understand when to refer to ensure the client is safe. There are conditions under which you must refuse to give a service to a client according to your scope of practice. Examples are open sores, bacterial infection, rashes and abrasions on the skin.

The great thing about Footlogix products is that they allow you, the technician, to help alleviate or eliminate skin and nail problems without having to make a diagnosis. For example, if the skin looks very dry with some superficial cracking, scaling or roughness, there should be no problem doing the pedicure service. After the pedicure service Footlogix Rough Skin Formula Mousse should be recommended for “at-home” daily use.

Customer Service

With the multitude of salons and spas, our clients have several options. Keep them coming back with impeccable customer service.  Go beyond the traditional service and make the guest experience one they will want to return too again and again.  Practice service with a smile, offer up a beverage of choice, be present for their full service, always be impeccable with your service and be honest.  Do not sell a product they don’t need, if you don’t know the answer admit it, and do not gossip about others. 

Social Media

Salon and Spas are now marketing themselves on multiple social media platforms, in turn generating new clients. People are Instagramming their latest polish colors and designs, Snapchatting when they are at the salon and giving reviews for technicians on Facebook and Google. It is always good practice to ensure you are communicating and engaging with your following. For your loyal clients, this could mean following them back, or tagging them in your photos. This way, people can see how proud you are of your work and how happy you’ve made your client. As well, it is good practice to educate yourself on which social media platform people are using most for nail techs. Here are some interesting statistics on social media use from NAILS Magazine. Are you connected? 


              Nails Magazine – 2015 Research Study


Ingredients Matter – Why some products work better than others

When considering which products to use for which season, it is important to understand what each product is and how it works. With winter approaching you may find that your feet change from the summer. You may be asking yourself at this time “why do some products work better than others?”  This relates to the ingredients in the various products as well as knowing what you need for your feet.

For example, you may find the skin on your heels is much drier. In this case, you need a product containing moisturizing ingredients.

If you are wearing closed toed shoes, boots or sports footwear regularly, you may find your feet become moister than in the summer and have an unpleasant odor. In this case, you would need a product to keep the skin dry and also address the issue of Athlete’s Foot.

When looking at Footlogix® products, it’s not only ingredients you should look at, but also the effects of the combination of ingredients, formulations and technology.

Let’s start with the technology of Footlogix. There is no point in having high quality ingredients if they sit on top of the skin masking possible issues rather than penetrating into the skin targeting those issues. Footlogix penetrates and targets those issues with Dermal Infusion Technology.

How does Footlogix Dermal Infusion Technology® work?

DERMAL INFUSION TECHNOLOGY: Dermal Infusion Technology is a patented two-phase technology that combines a clinically-developed balance of water and natural lipids into a complex mousse formulation to assist in the water retention function of skin. It not only aids in the delivery of highly active, premium quality ingredients into all layers of the epidermis; it also assists in forming a breathable, semi-permeable barrier on the skin’s most outer surface. With this exclusive liposomal technology, it gives the products the ability to repair the epidermis and keeps it functioning naturally. It also allows the skin to be protected against irritants as well as other invaders that compromise healthy skin. The skin now has less Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) allowing it to stay naturally hydrated and healthy.dit

Some of the active, high quality ingredients found in Footlogix formulas are:

UREA: Urea is one of the key ingredients in the majority of Footlogix products and an important component of the body’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF).  A true humectant and a hygroscopic compound, urea has the ability to attract and retain moisture in the skin (something that most people lack, especially as we mature). Urea “unpacks” hard dry skin cells and with water binding properties, keeps the skin soft and supple; one of the reasons why the results of a single Footlogix pedicure last for weeks.

Urea is a key ingredient in both professional Footlogix products and our signature “mousses”.

CLOTRIMAZOLE: According to the FDA monograph, Clotrimazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent having both “fungistatic” (inhibiting growth of fungus) and “fungicidal” (causing death of the fungus) properties. It is effective against Candida albicans and dermatophytes. It acts primarily by damaging the permeability barrier in the cell membrane of the fungus, thus leading to death of the fungus. Its action on the skin is both quick and effective. On the nail, continuous application until the nail has grown out, not only kills existing fungi, but also inhibits further growth of fungi while the nail grows.

Clotrimazole has proven effective against tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) and trichophyton organisms which cause onychomycosis (toenail fungus).

It is present in Footlogix Peeling Skin Formula, Rough Skin Formula and Anti-Fungal Nail Tincture.

UBIQUINONE: aka Co-enzyme Q10 is a potent antioxidant compound that helps to protect cells against aging and damage. Ubiquinone is vital for cellular energy production and skin anti-aging. Along with Urea and with the action of DIT, it is able to penetrate into the epidermis of the skin.

SPIRALEEN®: Spiraleen™ is a revolutionary fusion of science and nature and is the world’s 1st of its kind. This bio active algae extract goes through a patented “stressing extrusion process”. This elevates the natural Spirulina micro algae to a very high potency, resulting in Spiraleen™. Going through this process this ingredient becomes anti-microbial, not disrupting the skins natural flora and enhancing the skins function of protection. Inhibiting harmful germs with its highly efficacious anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties it delivers optimal levels of cell protection, promoting cell regeneration and collagen synthesis. Spiraleen™ has made a breakthrough in the skin and nail care industry.

Present in all Footlogix Anti-Microbial Solution products and DD Mousse.


ALOE BARBADENSIS: aka Aloe is well-known for its wound-healing properties.  In Footlogix products, it helps soothe and calm dry, sensitive skin while reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE: aka Vitamin E, is a well-known antioxidant and natural skin-conditioning agent. It is a skin strengthener and soothing agent as it seals in moisture, helping to soften and hydrate the skin.

SUNFLOWER SEED OIL: Sunflower seed oil is a natural oil rich in linoleic acid which has excellent transcutaneous absorption. It thus helps maintain the skin barrier and decreases trans-epidermal water loss.

No matter what the condition of the skin on your feet, we have a solution for you.

If you are looking at the Footlogix specialty products, the key ingredients are avocado oil, panthenol, rosemary, sage and many more. Each one of these works in a different way to help alleviate specific conditions.

Our ingredients are listed on all the labels. We have highlighted these specific ingredients to help in understanding what each product does and why it works.


Walking Barefoot in the Sand – Benefits and Pitfalls

We can easily name pitfalls to walking barefoot on the beach: – sharp objects, animal droppings, dead fish, etc.; however, there are far more benefits if we are careful when, where and for how long we walk.


Here are just a few examples:

Strengthening the foot and leg muscles: Sand provides resistance, so walking requires more energy while strengthening all your muscles between your feet and back, particularly in your legs and buttocks. However, beware of overdoing it or you could get painful ‘shin splints’! Start slowly and gradually increase your distance.

Burning Calories: Walking in the sand with or without shoes uses more energy than walking on flat surfaces. One study from BerkleyWellness.com showed as much as a 50% increase in calorie burn compared to walking the same distance in the same time on pavement.

Massaging and Exfoliating the Feet: Besides feeling great, a brisk walk on sand gently massages the soles of the feet which activates venous and lymphatic circulation, while gently exfoliating the skin at the same time.

Grounding: The ground, including sand, is electrically charged with an excess of negative ions which are absorbed through the soles of the feet. The negatively charged ions provide a strong source of anti-oxidants in the body which produce many health benefits, one of which is thought to be an anti-inflammatory effect.

Improving Proprioception: “The ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium”. With around 5,000 nerve endings in each foot, walking barefoot in the sand makes us keenly aware of where we are walking and what we are walking on.

Finally – Relaxing: It is really hard to focus on work or to feel anger etc. when we are ‘feeling’ all that sand under our feet and between our toes!

Don’t Forget: Start off slowly with a short distance then gradually increase every day. Wear sunscreen and a hat if you are not used to the sun and don’t forget to apply Footlogix Rough Skin Mousse or Peeling Skin Mousse to protect your feet.


A Solution to Dry, Cracked Heels

People with diabetes are more prone to foot problems – ever wondered why?

This is largely due to high fluctuations in blood glucose levels that cause damage to blood vessels and lead to lower limb circulatory problems. Another significant impact on the disease is on the skin that becomes more susceptible to infections especially of the lower limb, including bacterial and fungal infections. Nerve damage and poor blood flow to the feet increases the risk of various foot complications. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can become serious infections and take much longer than usual to heal. 

New research shows that a diabetic’s skin on the feet should not be occluded, as the lack of transpiration may cause the skin to break down, leaving the skin of the foot at risk of not performing its function of protection. All Footlogix products are non-occlusive, taking special care to not seal or impede the natural functions of the skin.


A good example of one of our most popular products for Diabetics is the Footlogix Cracked Heel Formula, with Dermal Infusion Technology® that recently won the “Best Foot Lotion” in the NAILPRO Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. 


  • Urea hydrates and draws moisture to the area
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) increases elastin and collagen production
  • Evening Primrose and Aloe heal the skin 

Get the Cracked Heel Formula for yourself by finding a Footlogix Retailer close to you. Click here

Spring is in the air!

With Spring comes an increase in energy and vitality along with a lift in mood, a feeling of moving forward. Spring is the season of new beginnings – new clothes, new look and, of course, new shoes and a fresh pedicure.

Spring brings out bright colors after darker winter colors. This holds true for shoes as well as clothes. Sandals are, once again, a prominent part of the wardrobe and shoe sales soar. With new sandals, a fresh pedicure with new nail polish is essential!

With spring comes “Prom Time”. Everyone wants to look their very best. Again, shoes play an important role in the overall appearance, as does a fresh pedicure.

People are ready for more outdoor activities and everyone is thinking about how they look. 

Pedicure tips for Spring:

  • Spring is the time to offer pedicure specials to get people back into the habit of regular pedicures
  • Wearing sandals after closed shoes all winter can dry out the feet so they need to be well moisturized – take advantage of the Footlogix Q2 retail promotion, the “day and night” products
  • With dry skin and sandals comes an increase in calluses – this is an ideal time to promote a Footlogix pedicure using the Callus Softener and Stainless Steel Foot File.
  • Spring is time to put away winter shoes and boots – dry them out well and spray with Footlogix Shoe Deodorant before storing them
  • Don’t forget to take advantage of the Q2 Professional Promo
  • Blisters can develop on pressure points when we change shoes. Regular application of Footlogix DD Cream Mousse can help prevent this
  • People start wearing sandals in the spring and sandals show the toe hair that has been covered all winter. Treat this hair the same as leg hair – don’t wax or shave for at least 24 hours prior to getting a pedicure
  • If feet become sweaty on a hot day, try the Footlogix Sweaty Feet Formula
  • Remember to always apply sunscreen before exposing the skin directly to the sun – a great tool to help with self-tanning is the Footlogix Exfoliating Seaweed Scrub! Use before any self-tanning products (e.g. tanning towels, spray tans etc.) to give your skin an even, smooth looking tan. 





5 Easy Ways to Reach Your New Year’s Goals

goals footlogixA New Year comes with New Year’s Resolutions or goals for the coming year, unfortunately rarely kept. The reason is often because these goals are not well stated.  Now is a good time to look at your business and decide where you would like to be in one year’s time and then set realistic goals which will lead you there.

A great motivational influencer who is a favorite of Dr. Katharin von Gavel, President  & CEO of Footlogix, is the late Jim Rohn, a master educator in the area of goal setting. He had a simple yet powerful strategy which she would like to share with you.

Before planning for the future you need to know where you are right now. Write down the current state of your business and evaluate if you are OK with the status quo or if you would like to change. This gives you a baseline to work from so you can “dream” and formulate your goals for the coming year.

Jim Rohn uses the acronym S.M.A.R.T. goals referring to: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.
Specific – ambiguous goals produce ambiguous results, so be specific.
Measurable – it is important that the goals are specific so that they can be measured, be they in terms of clients, sales, staff, income etc.
Attainable – don’t set goals which are so high that they cannot be attained.
Realistic – can you really make this happen? Maybe you need to specify x, y, or z to make the goal realistic.
Time-sensitive – every goal should have a timeline, an end, a time by which it will be accomplished.wordle FootlogixWhere do you see your Footlogix business this time next year? You will probably need to write a number of small goals  in order to meet the big goal. Start planning now. How can Footlogix help you meet or exceed these goals? 

How much Footlogix do you want to sell?

  • Look at the quarterly specials and plan how to incorporate them into your sales goals.
  • Look at each season and feature one or two appropriate products.
  • Plan an event for your clients incorporating education on Footlogix
  • January weather is colder than other months, so why not start by featuring the Footlogix Cold Feet Formula?
  • Enroll for the very informative Footlogix’s online education through webinars. 
  • Lastly, be accountable for your goals.

Share your goals with us in the comments box below. If you need any consultation to help meet your goals, please write to us in the contact form below. A Footlogix consultant will get in touch with you. 

Back-to-school! Mothers are you ready?

The back-to-school season could stress out even the most organized mom.

Here are some tips for mothers while getting ready for the new school year. 

backtoschool-banner-300x2231. Skincare of the feet

Look after the skin on your face and also on your feet – both have been in the sun a lot 

2. Develop a foot care routine:  

Still have those calluses on your heels because of what you have been wearing all summer? Now is the time to get ready for closed in shoes  – so – take the time to use your Footlogix® products every day – build it into your routine 

3. The right shoes 

Kids need new shoes for school – make sure to find shoes that they like, are in your budget and also which fit properly 

4. Foot care for sports:  

Teenagers are involved in gym classes and school sports – give them Footlogix Shoe Deodorant both in the shoes and also in the gym bag. Keep a can by the back door where everyone takes off their shoes. Watch this short video to say goodbye to foot and shoe odor!

5. Time management is key

Routine is important – schedule time for your kids’ activities and don’t forget to schedule time for yourself too

6. Reward yourself for all the hard work 

You have been busy juggling work and your kids all summer – it is time to reward yourself with a pedicure

Off to College? Are You and Your Kids Prepared?

If your kids have been accepted into college and have their major and financial aid sorted, they must be itching to get their bags packed. But are you 100% ready?  

Here is a foot care guide for those clients whose kids are starting college this fall.

off to college foot care1. Appearance

Give them a pedicure and manicure before they leave so their feet and hands looking their best. First impression and self-confidence mean everything to the ‘newbie’ at college!

2. Budgeting 

This is important when away from home. Make sure they budget for their feet as well as their hands and makeup. When budgeting, remind them that little things build up quicker than large purchases, so keep track of purchases

3. Infection 

If living in a dorm with shared shower and bathroom facilities, they should wear  Footlogix® pedi-slippers  when walking around.

4. Daily maintenance for pretty, healthy feet 

Send Footlogix® pedicure products with them:  Daily maintenance or DD Cream Mousse for moisturizing depending on the condition of their feet and, of course, a Footlogix Pedicure File for the shower.

5. Sports activities

Send Footlogix Foot and Shoe Deodorant products. Watch this short video to say goodbye to foot and shoe odor.
Are they runners? Don’t forget Footlogix Nail Tincture to keep toenails healthy.

6. Overall health 

Remember that one’s overall state of health is reflected in the skin. Remind them to get enough sleep and to budget their time wisely. Eating healthy food rather than fast food will help keep the skin ‘clear’

7. Computers

When spending hours on the computer, getting up regularly to do stretching  exercises  will not only  keep the body supple, but will also clear the brain and stop one from getting tired

From Sandals to Closed Shoes

5 Footcare tips to move from sandals to closed shoes

Your feet have been in the open air all summer. Now, with closed footwear like heels, narrow pointy shoes and “ballerina flats”, they are in a warm, dark area. So there is always the danger of picking up a fungus on the foot.

What do we suggest for home care in the fall?

  1. autumn feetMoisturize: 

    Fall marks the end of humid weather. Furnaces start getting on producing much drier air. The skin on the feet, as elsewhere on the body, becomes drier and in need of extra moisturizing. Pamper your feet with daily use of Footlogix moisturizing products such as Daily Maintenance, Very Dry Skin formula or DD Cream Mousse.

  2. Stretch:

    Don’t let the first step that you take every morning be painful for you. Stretch out your feet and ankles when you get up in the morning

  3. Wear comfortable shoes:

    Wear “fashion” shoes only when out, wear more comfortable shoes at home and wear “sensible” shoes for work. Closed heels – which can lead to blisters and calluses from friction. “Ballerina” flats with absolutely no support on the sole can lead to Plantar Fasciitis and fallen longitudinal arches.

  4. Protect your shoes and feet:

    Use Footlogix Foot Deodorant spray in the morning, and spray your shoes with Footlogix Shoe Deodorant spray when you take them off.

  5. Avoid the flu:

    Protect yourself from coughs and colds, get lots of sleep, get out into the sunlight whenever possible to get extra Vitamin D and get lots of Vitamin C