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What a wonderful feeling, the sun is shining and it’s finally time to put away the winter coats and boots and start wearing the beautiful sandals, slingbacks and mules that the new season has brought us. Adieu thick socks and closed footwear, hello open-toe and open-heel shoes!
But before venturing out in gorgeous thin strap summer shoes, please make sure to get your feet sandal-ready because, if there is something that can ruin your breezy look, that is cracked heels and neglected and uncared toes! The way your feet look tells a lot about the way you feel about yourself. Show a little loving to your feet, because if you don’t take care of yourself, who will?
Here’s an easy four-step routine to get your feet ready for spring and summer; it will take you only a few minutes, so even the busiest woman can do it at home once a week or when needed.
Soften the skin of your feet by soaking them for 10 to 15 minutes in warm water with some drops of your favourite essential oil and mineral bath salts that help you relax and heal dry skin, calluses and even athlete’s foot and eczema. If your feet are very dry, add a teaspoon of coconut oil into the water, and for cracked heels, half cup of vinegar.
Start with a wet pumice stone, rub it softly in circular movements over the rough parts of your feet, like the heels. Rinse. Now, exfoliate the whole feet, again, using a circular motion. Pay attention to do it more gently over the sensitive top part of your feet so that you don’t feel any discomfort. You can try a DIY foot scrub by mixing almond oil with brown sugar or choose one of the many great available options we selected for you.
Nails and Cuticles
After soaking your feet, the cuticles will already be soft, which makes this step easier. If you feel they are still a bit hard or dry, scrub some cuticle softener before pushing it back gently with a cuticle stick, then trim the excess of skin. Long toenails are an absolute No-Go. Trim and file your nails; they should never, ever, be longer than the tip of your toes. Better cut them straight and not too short, to avoid ingrown nails. Chose a beautiful nail polish like the Pantone 2019 colour, coral, but only apply it after the next step.
After removing all the dead and hard skin, it is time to moisturise. Apply a thick balm or coconut oil, massage it into the skin. I prefer doing this at night so that I can leave the balm working overnight. Do wear cotton socks; otherwise, your bed sheets get all greasy, and it also helps lock in the moisturizer you used.