Although it always feels a million miles away, summer has a habit of sneaking up on you when you least expect it, catching you unaware – and unprepared! It doesn’t take as much effort as you’d think to get your feet ready and beautiful for the summer season, and whatever occasions that it may throw your way – be they BBQs on the beach, a summer wedding, or barefoot frolics in the park. We’ve compiled our top six tips for getting your feet beautiful and ready for summer, so take a look and make sure you don’t get caught out this year!
Step 1: Wash and Dry your feet thoroughly
Before using any footcare products and accessories it’s important to make sure your skin is clean. Once your skin is fresh and clean, you should also towel dry your feet thoroughly before treatment.
Step 2: Keep your toenails trim & smooth
This is the absolute minimum that you should be doing in terms of footcare! Not only will they look so much better, but there will also be less chance of them causing you pain and discomfort. When you cut your nails, be sure to use proper nail clippers, and to cut them straight, not down at the corners. Doing this can cause painful ingrowing toenails! Simply file the corners and edges of your nails softly with a file, to prevent any cracking of the nail edges.
Step 3: Trim your cuticles
Unmaintained cuticles can compromise all the other hard work you put into keeping your nails looking great. So after giving your feet a soak, gently push your cuticles back, using a rounded cuticle pusher – be sure to only use dedicated devices for this, as if the cuticle comes away, or tears, you can risk infection.
Step 4: Gentle removal of your hard skin
Hard skin is a perennial problem for some, but all people are at increased risk of hard and cracked skin in the summer. By taking care of your feet all year round, you can make sure that you don’t have to suffer from painful and unseemly cracked skin and heels! Scholl offers a number of products to help you with this, such as creams to dissolve and soften built up layers of hard skin. For maximum ease and efficiency, it is recommended that you use the Express Pedi with Diamond Crystals. It’s so great to have beautiful, soft looking feet, and the hard skin remover can help you to get them there effortlessly. Building a regular routine for hard skin removal enables you to have beautiful soft skin through, the summer with hardly any effort.
Step 5: Take a foot bath
After treating your skin with the Express Pedi, why not spoil your feet in a relaxing foot soak for ten to fifteen minutes (ideally at a water temperature of 37°C)? This will not only get your feet relaxed, it will also help the pores to open and to prepare your skin for a layer of moisturiser afterwards.
Step 6: Intensive & continuous care
Foot creams contain even richer ingredients than normal body lotions and a daily use of cream can help you to get your feet looking beautiful. The cream can help to keep your feet soft and supple by helping them to retain essential moisture, keeping them looking that much more amazing.
Step 7: Tan Right
Applying that factor 25 shouldn’t stop at your ankles, especially if you’re wearing flip-flops! All too often it can be forgotten to apply sun cream to feet, which could lead to UV damage, as well as sunburn. To get the perfect tan, ensure regular application of the appropriate factor of UV protection for your skin, but don’t cover them up either! Getting a summer glow from head-to-toe can look great, so don’t forget to protect your precious feet the next time you top-up on sun cream!