All the ladies out there…rejoice! Sandals season is finally here.
Although, if you are anything like the majority of women (we know we are), the thought of wearing open-toe shoes and revealing your feet probably scares you a bit. Because who pays attention to the appearance of their feet in wellies and boots, right?
No need to worry though.
With these quick heel-to-toe tips, you will get your feet summer-ready in no time.
Rub and Scrub
After a long winter, you will have to give your feet some rough treatment first. Grab a pumice stone or foot file and start removing the dry, calloused skin from your heels and soles. If your feet require a more intensive care, you can buy an electronic foot file. When the dead skin cells are gone, a younger, silky skin will be unveiled. Any cracks and fissures will be smoothed this way, too.
Then, all you have to do is exfoliate your tootsies regularly to keep them soft and healthy looking. Make a home exfoliating scrub by mixing sugar or salt with oil. Or take a stroll down to the beach and the sand will get the job done for you.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
Your soles do not have any oil glands, which is why they get dehydrated more easily. One way to avoid cracked skin on your heels is to include moisturiser into your regular foot-care routine. Start with a long soak in warm water before bedtime. Adding a few drops of essential oils will also have a calming effect, which is perfect after a long day on your feet.
After you have exfoliated and soaked your feet, you need to make sure to seal in the moisture. One of the best tricks is to apply a thick emollient foot cream before you go to bed, put on a pair of socks, and wake up with baby-soft feet. Since the skin on the feet is thicker than elsewhere on the body, it requires special products that penetrate deep into it.
There are a lot of organic cosmetics UK brands that sell foot balms based on coconut oil, which has been shown to work wonders for giving you sandal-deserving tootsies.
Keep Your Nails Healthy
The warm and humid climate in your winter boots is very convenient for the development of fungal infections. If you notice that the trims of your nails have changed in colour and become yellowish (or brown or green in more severe cases), you should act immediately before the infection spreads to your nail plate.
Make sure your feet are always clean, change your socks every day, avoid wearing nail polish, and dry your toes thoroughly after a shower. However, if the problem persists, see a dermatologist.
Give your nails a trim regularly and remember to file them down afterwards to avoid splitting. Tend to your cuticles by pushing them back and removing any hanging skin. Finally, polish them for a finishing touch. If you think that a summer pedicure is not complete without a dazzling bright colour to go with the season, then pick your shade and have fun. We recommend any shade of pink, red, orange, coral, green, or blue. But, really, feel free to experiment.
Don’t forget to apply a base coat to prevent your toenails from looking yellow after you have removed the nail polish and a top coat to prevent chipping. Always buy high-quality nail polish, as it is more easily applied, has a much stronger effect and doesn’t harm your nails.
What is your summer routine for sandal-ready feet?
Sophia Smith is an Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and a healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is a regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.