Nothing screams ‘Spring’ louder than a pair of happy and healthy feet. We have compiled the best tips and tricks for sandal season. Take a look at our step-by-step guide on how to get the perfect feet for the new season without having to splash out on a fancy pedicure.
BUFF IT REAL GOOD
To remove any hard skin, buff the calluses and dry skin on your feet with a pumice stone or a foot buffer. This will help to remove all dead and dry outer skin. Make sure you do this while your feet are dry.
MAKE A SPLASH
Now it’s time to relax! Fill a basin with warm water and add in a relaxing foot bath. Then soak your feet for about ten minutes. This will soften your skin and nails and make the next steps a lot easier. Nails can be quite hard to clip, so soaking them will make them more pliable and hence easier to trim.
SCRUB IT OFF
Now you’ll want to exfoliate your feet. Removing unwanted hard and dead skin is essential if you want smooth summer feet. Take your feet out of the water and apply the foot scrub in small circular motions. Spent about three minutes on each foot, then rinse it off with some warm water.
LET THEM DRINK IT UP
We often tend to forget that our feet need just as much moisture as the rest of our body – if not more! Now’s the time to really spoil them! Massage the lotion into each foot and give your feet the moisture they’ve been waiting for. This is an important step if you want fabulous-looking feet.
PICK YOUR COLOUR
Spring is here, so it’s about time to throw out those winter nail polish colours for something a bit more bright and fresh. We have picked out our favourite spring colours of this season. Can we just say: it’s all about those deliciously pretty pastels!
TRIM THOSE NAILS
This can easiest be done using toe nail clippers. Make sure you trim your toenails straight across rather than shaping them into a curve. Make sure they align with the top of your toes. Unlike fingernails, toenails should never be any longer than this. Use a nail file to even them out.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THOSE CUTICLES
Before you start pushing back your cuticles, massage a tad of cuticle remover into cuticle areas of your toes and leave on for about five minutes. Then start pushing back your cuticles using a cuticle pusher or a dry cotton bud. To keep your cuticles strong and healthy, apply some cuticle oil to the cuticles. If you don’t have a specialist cuticle oil at hand, you can opt for some natural coconut or olive oil.
ADD SOME COLOUR
Separate your toes with a pair of toe separators to avoid them sticking together once you’ve started applying the nail polish. Start your nail polish regime by using a clear base coat. This is an important step that most of us forget, but it is vital as it stops nail colours from staining your toe nails. In addition, it will make your nail polish lasts longer. Once your base coat is dry, start applying the first layer of your chosen colour, then add a second layer.
DON’T FORGET TO TOP COAT
Once dry, apply your clear top coat to each nail to seal the polish. This step will make your nail polish last longer and reduce the risk of chipping. Let everything dry properly – you don’t want to start all over again! Give your nails as much time as possible to dry. If you’re in a hurry, use a quick-dry top coat.
Special tip: Use some oil – olive oil or specialist cuticle oil – to prevent the polish from smudging while you wait for it to dry properly.
Ta Da! That’s your wonderful summer feet done! Time to bring out those sandals!