Summer is right around the corner, which means sandal season is nearly here. Now is the time to start pampering your feet with the tips below so you will be ready to show off your well-groomed tootsies at the beach or that company picnic.
1. Use a Foot Soak
Fill a bowl or small basin with water and soak your feet for about ten minutes. Make it therapeutic – add a few drops of peppermint or lemon oil to refresh feet that have been trapped in high heels all day. Epsom salts are also good to use, and will help detoxify your body at the same time.
2. Scrub and Slather
Remove those dry patches of skin and stimulate circulation with a sugar scrub. For callouses, take a diamond file to the bottoms of your feet to scrape the area, using a gentle back-and-forth motion. Rinse and dry your feet, then massage a hydrating foot crème into the tops and bottoms.
3. Prep and Polish
Now is the time to shape those nails – but be careful! Don’t cut nails down too deeply, and aim for a slightly rounded shape to help prevent ingrown toenails. While you are at it, place a few drops cuticle oil on your toes then gently push back the cuticles with a wooden stick.
Next, swipe acetone remover across your toenails to remove any excess oils. Apply a base coat, then two coats of your favorite nail polish. Seal and protect the polish with a top coat. Allow the nails to dry for 15 minutes before you slip on your sandals.
4. Don’t Forget the Shoes
Rotate your shoes so you are not wearing the same pair each day; shoes need a chance to dry out from the day’s foot perspiration. By doing this you will not only extend the life of your shoes but you will also give your leg and foot muscles a break when you switch from heels to flats or vice versa.
Periodically check your shoes for signs of wear and get them repaired promptly. Worn out places in shoes can create friction with your toes or feet, causing corns or callouses. Abnormal signs of wear can suggest the formation of a medical issue such as a bunion or hammer toe, which should be checked out by a physician while the problem is still small.