Put your best foot for­ward with our tips and tricks for pretty feet and toes

Essentials (South Africa) - - CONTENTS DECEMBER 2018 -

It’s time to kick off your shoes, lit­er­ally. Sum­mer days call for sun­dresses paired with pretty san­dals, so if you’re a lit­tle wor­ried about get­ting your toes out af­ter what feels like ages, here’s what you need to get bare­foot ready...


The Perf ect Soak Add half a cup of Ep­som salts to one bowl of warm water, pop your feet in, turn on Net­flix and stay like that for 15 to 20 min­utes. This sim­ple process has end­less ben­e­fits: the warm water will help you feel more re­laxed and re­lieve aching feet, while the salts will act as an ex­fo­lia­tor. Suf­fer­ing from a bad odour or foot fun­gus? A DI Y vine­gar soak will help re­lieve the symp­toms of those, too.


Nail It Cut your toe­nails straight across, then round the edges with a nail file to make them look great and avoid in­grown toe­nails. While it’s nice to have a pedi, take a week off pol­ish and treat your nails to a coat or two of strength­ener to im­prove their con­di­tion. If you don’t oc­ca­sion­ally treat your toe­nails, they can get de­hy­drated and flaky – not an at­trac­tive look! Be sure to ap­ply a cu­ti­cle oil to your toes and re­ally mas­sage it in to help boost your cir­cu­la­tion and make them stronger.


Foot peels These con­tain low doses of lac­tic-, gly­col­icor fruit acids (AHAs) that smooth out rough patches and cal­luses. Your feet will feel in­cred­i­ble af­ter­wards but be warned, it’s not a pretty process, even if the fi­nal re­sults are sat­is­fy­ing! Pop a peel on for 60 min­utes, rinse with warm water, and your feet will shed their dead skin over the course of about a week. Give your feet at least seven days’ grace pe­riod be­fore bar­ing them to the world.


Be Smooth If a peel isn’t your thing, get into the habit of reg­u­larly us­ing a foot file or pumice stone to re­move any rough skin. Use it on dry skin first, then take it to the bath or shower once your skin has soft­ened to in­crease its ef­fect. Mois­turise by mix­ing a dol­lop of co­conut oil with a few drops of pep­per­mint es­sen­tial oil in your hands and rub­bing onto your feet be­fore pop­ping on a pair of socks overnight. The co­conut oil packs a hy­dra­tion punch and pep­per­mint re­vives tired feet. Short on in­gre­di­ents? Try a foot mask in­stead of go­ing DI Y.


Happy feet Wear­ing new or poorly- de­signed shoes may leave your feet feel­ing ten­der af­ter a long day on the go. Get ahead of niggles be­fore they even start with gen­tle ex­fo­li­a­tion, fol­lowed by a heal­ing balm with calm­ing in­gre­di­ents to treat chapped heels and pre­vent corns and cal­luses.

1 DrSalts Ep­som Salt Bath Salts, R90,99, Clicks 2(a) Ca­trice Iron + Strength Nail Har­dener, R59,95, Dis-Chem 2(b) Essence The Gel Nail Pol­ish Base Coat, R54,95, Clicks 3 Skin Repub­lic Foot Peel, R119, Clicks 4 Hy­drat­ing Foot Mask, R57, Sor­bet 5 Cow­shed On the Hoof Re­viv­ing Foot Scrub, R465; beau­ti­fu­ 6 Free­man Bare Foot Pep­per­mint + Plum Foot Balm, R82,95, Dis-Chem

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