When the weather heats up it’s time to bring out the sandals, flip flops/thongs and strappy wedges, which in turn means you have to bare your footsies. Yep, those feet that have been hidden away in socks, slippers and closed-toe shoes. Those feet that haven’t seen the light of day for 6 months. If they are anything like my feet, they need some serious TLC before you dare exit your house with them on show.
To get your tootsies beach-perfect I’m sharing my 5 steps to sexy summer feet.
Step 1: Cutting Corn-ers
A callus/corn is a small area of thickened skin on the foot caused by pressure. If left without treatment they can grow to a size that will cause pain. It’s common to find them on the toes, especially the outer corner of the big toe, and on the balls of your feet. Other than feeling uncomfortable or painful, they also look ghastly when they change to a yellow or grey colour
Removing them is actually simple and painless. The skin is dead so using a callus shaver (also known as a corn plane) to slice the skin off is quick and effective. This should be the first step in your feet prep routine because you can only cut the skin when it is dry and dead. DO NOT use after showering or when the feet are wet. A corn plane will remove the majority of dead skin but some remnants will remain (that’s where step 2 comes in) so don’t worry if you can’t get it all.
Manicare Corn Plane with replacement blades
Australia $11.95 from Priceline, Myer, Target, K-Mart, Big W and leading pharmacies.
USA (similar) $5.99 from Walgreens
UK (similar) £4.49 from Boots
Step 2: Buff It
Get your feet soft and shiny with an all over buffing. Forget about the tiring pumice stone, now you can do all the work without the effort thanks to electronic foot files. Pay particular attention to your heels, the outer edges of your feet, the big and little toes and the balls of your feet. The areas of our feet that are in constant contact with shoes are the most likely to be dry, flaky and cracked.
You should also do this one dry feet only. If you attempt to buff your feet when they are wet or hydrated the dead skin won’t have enough friction with the file.
Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi
Australia $49.99 from Priceline and select pharmacies.
UK £39.99 from Boots
Step 3: Drink Up
You may have removed the dead skin but now you need look after that fresh, new skin. Apply a rich foot cream and give your feet a good massage until it’s all absorbed. It’ll feel amazing and you’ll be surprised how a good drink of moisture can make your feet look 10 years younger. It will also soften and hydrate any skin that is starting to die.
L’Occitane en Provence Limited Edition Almond Foot Care
Australia $18 from L’Occitane online and in store.
USA $28 from Yes Style
Step 4: Colour In
A good paint job is essential for summer feet. It adds colour, completes an outfit and lifts your mood to enjoy every aspect of a warm summers day. Even if you opt for a nude or pastel shade, your feet will not look complete without a coat of polish. If you want to set and forget this summer opt for a gel-polish hybrid product. Not only will you get longer wear out of the pedicure but a gel-polish will also breeze through summer activities without a chip.
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish
Australia $19.95 from CND authorized salons
USA $9.90 each from CND authorized salons.
UK – Price unknown – Available from CND authorized salons and Sweet Squared
Step 5: Treat the Bliss-ters
There is nothing sexy about blisters so when one pops up (and they always seem to during sweaty summer days), pop on a blister plaster. A blister plaster provides a unique disguise for unsightly blisters while keeping them free from moisture & dirt and cushioned for comfort.
Blister plasters are usually flesh toned and they stay in-place until it’s time to remove them, so they’re less visible than regular plastic strips.
Compeed Blister Mix Pack
Australia $13.69 from Priceline, Coles, Woolworths and most pharmacies.
USA (similar) $5.79 from Walgreens
UK £5.25 from Boots
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How do you get your feet ready for summer? Do you care for your feet year round? Let me know by commenting below!