With sandal season in full effect, now is the time to evaluate how well you’ve taken care of your feet during the colder months. Thigh-high boots and pointy ankle booties are staples when it’s cold, but tighter shoes can cause irritation on toes and heels. Unless you have weekly pedicures year-round, you may have to play catch up to get your tootsies ready for those strappy heeled and gladiator sandals.
Follow these tips to help make sure your feet look pretty and pristine:
1. Make foot brushing a part of your daily routine. One way to make your toes bright and beautiful is to ensure they are clean. Invest in a foot brush and thoroughly brush across toenails and between toes to dislodge any dirt or debris. When feet are wet, run your fingertips along your heels. If they don’t feel smooth, use a pumice stone with a pea-sized amount of your favorite conditioner to slough off dead skin. (Remember it may take a few sessions to remove stubborn scales so don’t scrub so hard that you break the skin. Pumice stones can harbor bacteria!) Try the Eco Tools Bamboo Foot Brush & Pumice ($3.99, Walgreens.com).
2. Make moisturizing your religion.Moisturizing your feet should be right up there with brushing your teeth. Your feet take a lot of trauma with walking, so it’s easy for them to get dry. You must keep them moisturized in order to prevent dry skin buildup. Use a healing ointment on the top and bottom of your feet daily. Remember to also gently massage cuticles to prevent hangnails. Try H2O Spa Hand and Foot Smoother Retexturizing Seaweed Therapy ($9, H2OPlus.com) and use after showering when the skin is still damp. Make it a treatment by applying a bit more at night and sleeping in thick socks.
3. Scrub, scrub scrub!Like the skin, daily exfoliating is best to keep feet looking amazing and feeling refreshed. Use a foot scrub to eliminate dead skin cells and boost circulation. Be sure to rub major pressure points including the balls of the feet, and heels. Rinse and moisturize. Try the Body Shop Peppermint Foot Scrub ($14, TheBodyShop-USA.com).
4. Don’t forget to buff.This is great for nails that are polished or unpolished. Buffing the nails is a fantastic way to smooth out ridges for a perfect pedi. Once nails are trimmed and filed use a smoothing block to smooth and shine. Try Ms. Manicure Block Party 4 Way Smoothing Block ($1, Ulta.com).
5. Protect your heels.Callused skin is an undesirable outcome caused by shoe trauma. It’s incredibly common, but also preventable. Don’t forgo wearing your favorite heels for a night out! Just be sure to put a barrier between your toes and shoes. Sometimes it takes about a half hour before you know where shoe pressure lies. Put on your shoes and walk around the house before going out. When you identify where the friction lies, apply a medicated disk before heading out. Not only does it protect the skin, but also smooths away existing calluses. Try Dr. Scholls Corn Removers With Salicylic Acid ($5.99, riteaid.com).