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6 steps to perfect summer feet

6 steps to perfect summer feet

Spending most of their time hidden away, our feet are easy to ignore during the winter. Not spending much time in the limelight, we often neglect them and they can easily become dry, cracked and even prone to blisters (especially after enduring your favourite heels on a long night out). However, when it hits summer and the open toe heels and sandals come out of our wardrobes, no little piggies get to stay at home and we are forced to face the effect of countless hours spent walking, running or dancing with no repair. No need to panic! We have the 6 simple steps for an at home pedicure that will leave your feet pampered, polished and poolside ready when the time comes.

Step 1: Cleanse & Soak

Start off by cleansing and soaking the feet to soften the skin. Either in the bath or using an at home Foot Spa such as the Homedics MySpa Luxury Foldaway Foot Spa, relax and put your feet down this time into the lukewarm water for around ten minutes to allow them to properly soak. Not only is this a fantastic way to start off your calming at home pedicure, but soaking the feet will soften dead skin cells, making them easier to remove.

Step 2: Exfoliate

Being walked on every single day of our lives, it is completely normal for hard skin to form on the underneath of the feet as a protective barrier, and for dry or cracked patches to appear. Easily erase dead skin and cracks with a foot exfoliating mask or scrub, or if you have the time, both! Slip your feet into the Barber Pro dual layered booties for an effective treatment of Salicylic Acid and 16 botanic and fruit extracts that will revitalise your tired plates of meat (feet). Follow up on your mask treatment with a gentle scrub to remove any left over dead skin cells, taking the time to give yourself a well needed foot massage as you work the scrub around the feet in circular motions.

Step 3: File

Unfortunately, the elbow work isn’t over yet! Dead skin on the feet is stubborn and can require a little more than a gentle scrub to budge; bring in the foot file! Once you have taken off the initial layer of dead skin with your mask or scrub, and your feet have been properly soaked, target the most troubled areas (usually the heel and the ball of the foot) with a foot file, gently rubbing the skin to wear down the thick outer layers or cracks to even the texture. It’s important to remember to be gentle with this to prevent damaging healthy skin. When it comes to filing, it’s a marathon not a sprint, so don’t try and remove a years worth of hard skin build up in one day! Once you have finished filing, rinse your feet to remove any dead skin cells before moving on to the next steps.

Step 4: Mask

Now that you have removed the majority of dead skin to reveal the smooth, healthy layers, it’s important to moisturise and nourish. An easy and relaxing way to do this is with a foot mask. Specially designed for the thicker skin on the feet, the STARSKIN VIP The Gold Foot Mask is designed to soothe, soften and moisturise in just 15 minutes. The gold standard mask is a little bit of luxury in your own home infused with Bulgarian Rose, Zeolite and Shea Butter and designed with a warming, sauna effect for maximum absorption (and to keep your toes warm)!

Step 5: Polish

Whether you opt for a coat of your favourite nude for a regal, natural look, or go all out with a bold and bright splash of colour, no pedicure is complete with out a lick of polish. Start off with your favourite nourishing base coat to provide a stable and moisturising canvas for your colour to be added to. Next, add on your chosen polish, applying each coat once the previous one is fully dried until you reach your chosen intensity. Complete the look with a top coat to lock it all in to avoid chips and smudging.

Step 6: Moisturise

Preserve your polished paws with an intense moisturiser to keep the skin soft and maintain your summer ready flawless feet. Again massaging in circular motions (we had to squeeze this into the routine at least twice!) apply a nourishing foot cream such as the SVR Xerial 50 Extreme Creme Pieds Feet Care Cream formulated with Shea Butter all over the foot. The highly hydrating blend not only moisturises but also acts like a pumice to slough off any last remaining dead skin cells. The cream absorbs fully into the skin without any greasy residue to that you can step straight into your sandals!

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Holly James

Holly James

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