Get your feet flip-flop ready!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Can you believe it’s nearly sandal time again? I can’t wait to get my feet into a gorgeous pair of open-toed wedges, but when I look down, my feet are showing signs of a long winter, spent covered by socks and boots, unable to breathe.

It’s time to resurrect those cracked, dry feet before flip-flop season officially arrives!

flip flop ready feet

Here are three important steps to remember when gearing up for summer feet:

Relax your feet with a ten-minute soak in warm water. Add some Epsom Salts (available from Pick n Pay) to refresh and rejuvenate your tired feet, and a drop of essential oil – mint or rosemary essence – to the water. Then wash with soap and dry off, taking special care between the toes – fungi like Athletes Foot love moist, warm places to grow!

Use a foot scrub and a pumice stone or foot file on hard skin areas – just don’t be too rough! Or try Sally Hansen Pumice Foot Polish, R99, to exfoliate your feet. Moisturise thoroughly. You might want to put a pair of (old) cotton socks on after the foot lotion: the socks keep the heat in and act as a wrap, helping the lotion to sink into your feet, leaving them soft and lovely. Do this once a week, just before bedtime, and your feet will stay gorgeous all year long. The daily application of moisturising cream (or something even thicker, like shea butter), is a perfect opportunity for a gentle massage of the soles and ankles, too.

Cut your toenails!
Experts recommend cutting toenails straight across to prevent in-growing toenails. Finish off by filing into shape with an emery board. Push back cuticles, gently! You can either use a cuticle softening product, which helps to loosen the cuticle so that it slides easily away from the nail, or dip an ear bud in olive oil. Or, even more simply, use your towel to (gently) push back the cuticles which have been softened by your hot-water soak and all that moisutising! Clean off any excess lotion from the nails and then paint on your favourite nail polish – or keep them bare and innocent!

Follow these easy steps, and your feet should be gorgeously soft and ready for a barefoot walk along the beach at any time!

Written by

Penny Formo is a 29-year-old shoe-aholic who spends all of her extra cash on lipstick and nail polish. She enjoys the Johannesburg rat race from a PR position based in Sandton.

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  1. Queen Shai

    It sure does sound easy enough so I’m going to follow it to the T and I know what Candice does also works wonderfully.

    4 years ago •

  1. Candice

    When I get out of the bath I cover my feet in Vaseline, then cling wrap them and put on a pair of socks. I relax and keep it on for as long as possible. When I remove everything my feet are extremely soft.

    4 years ago •

  1. Khensani

    To keep my feet soft I rub them up in Vaseline before I go to bed and sleep in cotton socks. It really does wonders!

    4 years ago •

  1. Lira

    Now is actually the best time to get ready for Spring so that when it arrives, ur ready to look hot !

    5 years ago •

  1. Leana

    I’m so bad with my feet. I will definately take note! Thank you!!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    It’s so simple, if you give the bottom of your feet a scrub for a minute everyday in the bath/shower, you won’t end up being one of those ladies with the painful-looking hard, cracked heels that look like they’re housing some serious pain and dirt.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I love pedicures! After years of drama and ballet not being too kind to my tootsies, I do regular pedicures during summer to keep them looking cute.

    5 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    Wonderful tips and they look so easy to follow

    5 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Love flip flops..dont like my fat feet

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I love using the Foot Repair and Foot Peel booties, works so well and ready for flip-flops

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    cant live without my flip flops hate having my feet cooped up in my shoes in winter

    5 years ago •

  1. Claire Mitchell

    I do this at least twice a month…even in winter :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Love the tips!!! Olive oil works wonderfully for softening cuticles…

    5 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    easy and adfordable steps to follow. i dont even do flip flops in summer, i love exposing my feet cause the winter was too long.

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    lol my toes look terrible in winter

    5 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    This is one pregnant fairy that can’t wait to slip her feet into flip-flops again!
    And I have an excuse to get a pedi :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Wonderful article. With winter almost over its time to get my feet ready for summer…Yay!

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I really do need to give my feet overall much more attention! Thanks for the tips – will have to follow them for smashing summer feet!

    5 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Love flipflops and its very important to keep toenails clean

    5 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    Will definitely try some of these products, really struggle with cracked heels in summer

    5 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    I love my flip-flops. Thanks for the relax tip

    6 years ago •

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