February 23, 2020

Getting Your Feet Ready For Sandal Season

From late autumn, throughout the winter and into early spring, we tend to wear boots and thick softs for most of the time. But soon enough spring and summer arrive, and the heat is on. Wearing sandals can keep you feeling cool and comfortable during the heat. But after all of those months of being tucked away, you might want to prep your feet for being on show one again.

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If you have a lot of dry skin or have developed warts or a corn, then now is the perfect time to take care of that. Corn and wart removal can be pretty simple. For dry and cracked heels, you might need to use a rich moisturiser overnight for a few days to soften them up. A pumice stone, or heel skin removal tool can help deal with the hardness and dry skin.

If you like to head to the salon to get a pedicure, then go for it! If however, you don’t have the time or the budget, then you can give yourself a DIY pedicure. Start with a nice soak for your feet. Lime and mint in warm water feels invigorating and will help soften skin and remove and dirt. Gently remove dirt with an orange stick, and push your cuticles back too.

After your feet are dry, clip your nails and file them straight across. If you clip your nails too short, or you do the corners, you may end up with an ingrown toenail. Choose a brightly coloured nail polish to finish. It is best to use a base coat to prevent staining and a top coat to help your hard work last longer.

Now you have your feet softened, buffed, cleaned and polished you have to keep that up. A weekly foot mask pack will keep the skin on your feet soft and supple. Try to do the foot mask when you have enough time to let it all soak in, and nothing planned after. Some foot packs may make your feet slippy for a short while too. You can purchase socks with a jelly lining that you can put the moisturiser in and wear overnight. These can be a better investment than buying weekly foot packs. If those don’t appeal to you, then vaseline and cotton socks overnight can be very beneficial too.

It’s not just your feet that need some love. Make sure that you exfoliate around your ankles and gently down to your heels. Simple homemade sea salt and olive oil scrub will do the trick here.

Not you have your feet prepped and primed, maintain them with regular DIY pedicures, and when your nail polish starts to chip - remove it all and let them breathe for a day or two, then reapply.

Remember that your feet need sunblock as much as the rest of your body does, so make sure that you apply it when you head out with your favourite sandals on or walk on the beach. 

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