Monday, June 18, 2012

5 Steps to Sandal Worthy Feet!

I know that feet are probably the last thing people think about when you think summer, however, they are usually first thing we unconsciously get out when the weather heats up. But after a long winter of boots, trainers and high heels your feet may not be always looking their best... You know what I'm talking about; corns, hard dry skin and brittle nails - and believe me, they do not look good in flip flops. Nevertheless I've put together a 5 step plan for beautiful feet to get you summer ready

1. Soak your feet

Relaxing and beautifying (is that even a word?). Start your pedicure by soaking your feet in warm water with either a few drop of aromatherapy oil or an essential oil or some bath salts. Additionally, you could use a quarter cup of milk as the lactic helps to remove dead skin (weird but works!). Soaking your feet will the skin soft and is a good way to reduce corns. Obviously the drier the skin the longer soak.

2. Exfoliate

Using a wet pumice stone rub and scrub away dead, dry and cracked skin. Alternatively you can use a body or dedicated foot scrub. You want to concentrate gently exfoliating the heel, ball and sides of your feet. Check out my articles on DIY body scrubs for a great foot scrub recipe.

3. Moisturise

Massage your feet with either a thick body butter or a foot cream to lock in moisture into the skin and keep skin smooth and soft. If you can afford it invest in a cuticle oil and apply with a cotton bud - this will basically keep your cuticle moisturised longer.

4. Cut and File Those Nails!

Long toe nails are not cute and no one can convince me otherwise! Cut outgrown toenail straight across rather than curved to prevent them ingrowing. And use an emery board to smooth the edges.

5. Summer Nail Polish


(Essie "Bikini So Teeny", Illamasqua "Stance",  Barry M "Mint Green"
Deborah Lippmann "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", China Glaze "Sun-Kissed" & Nails Inc "Baker Street")

Add a bit a nail colour. If I'm feeling a bit lazy I often keep my nail polish simple with a coat of clear or a sheer nude polish though. This season I absolutely love pastel and neons. But choose whatever colour floats your boat and have fun with it!

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