Are your feet ready to be seen?
It’s been a long long winter especially in lockdown. Our feet have been hidden under thick socks & boots. Weather is improving and we still can’t get to a salon for that badly needed pedicure.
Dont panic! We can help you get your feet summer ready with our top tips.
So ditch those socks & boots and treat your feet!!!
Soak Your Feet
Fill a basin with warm water. We recommend adding Epsom Salts or a product such as Kelkin Tea Tree Foot Soak which is well known to soothe, moisturise and nourish dry and damaged skin. Soak your feet for at least 10 minutes to soften any hard skin. Using a cloth, rub your feet including between your toes where dirt can gather. Use a nail brush to clean under your nails and brush away dead skin. Dry them completely with a towel.
Exfoliate & Buff
Using a foot file or pumice stone brush, gently & using a soft, circular motion buff away the dry skin to remove any dead skin cells and smooth any rough edges. If you feel pain, stop, and do not use on broken or irritated skin. Corns & Callouses may need further treatment, see our footcare section on our website for suitable products.
Exfoliate at least once a week to keep your feet glowing. For deeper exfoliation we recommend using Derma V10 Foot Peel.
Apply a moisturiser such as Flexitol Moisturising Foot Cream, which contains Vitamin E and 10% Urea in a rich moisturising base to soften and care for very dry feel and legs. Feet tend to dry out quickly in the summer, so moisturise your feet after your shower, to avoid cracked heels. If you do have some cracked skin on your heels, our pharmacists recommend O’Keefe’s for Health feet foot cream. Guaranteed relief or your money back.
For extremely dry feet, apply a layer of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly at bedtime and cover with socks. In the morning, your feet should feel soft and supple.
Trim your Nails
Using the correct tools when trimming your toe nails is very important as is ensuring they are sanitised after each use. We recommend using a nail clippers such as Sundrelle Toe Nail Clippers. Avoid using regular scissors or knives (yes knives have been used!), as they aren’t designed for cutting nails.
The rule for cutting toe nails, is to cut them straight across. This is to prevent ingrown toenails from forming. File any sharp edges with a nail file.
Give them some colour.
Now that you have treated your feet why not add some colour, and show them off! Choose a colour you love look at. We recommend applying Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Vitamin Strength Serum before painting the nail. Use daily for healthier and stronger nails.
Use a toe separator or break up some cotton wool and place between each toe. This will stop the toes touching each other while the polish is wet. Always apply a base coat as this will help your pedicure last longer, and stop the nail polish staining your nails.
Once the base coat has fully dried, apply your chosen colour, start in the middle of the nail painting from cuticle to nail tip, then each side. Don’t load the brush as this causes bubbling.
Apply additional coats as needed, 2 is usually enough for most polishes. Finally when the polish is dry, add a top coat to seal the polish and give it a beautiful shine.