PAMPER YOU FEET
Put your best foot forward with our tips and tricks for pretty feet and toes
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; beautifulage.co.za 6 Freeman Bare Foot Peppermint + Plum Foot Balm, R82,95, Dis-Chem