Thick socks, boots, hot baths and a lack of motivation for grooming are the major reasons our feet look worse for wear as soon as winter comes to an end. But don’t despair – a little bit of grooming goes a long way. Try some of these easy steps to get your feet looking their best this summer.
Cleanse and soak
Before you can start getting rid of dry skin or moisturising your feet, you need to soak them to soften the (sometimes) hard skin. We love Sally Hansen Revitalizing Foot Soak, R119.95. Filled with soothing lavender, it helps cleanse and soften the feet. Add a capful to your basin filled with warm (not hot) water and soak your feet for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse well before drying them.
Give ‘em a scrub
It’s important to exfoliate your feet regularly, as it’s the only way of really getting rid of dry and dead skin cells. Find a good scrub that isn’t too harsh and that still nourishes the skin in some way, and be sure to apply it in gentle circular motions. We love Greenland Foot Scrub in Mint-Lavender, R40. It leaves skin feeling fresh and revitalized, and has a softening effect too.
Moisturise and hydrate
After all that soaking and scrubbing, your feet will be more than ready for their dose of moisturisation. If you’re about to go to bed, rub in some moisturizer and put cotton socks on – your skin will feel amazing by the time the morning comes! If you have sensitive skin, try Epi-Max Foot Cream Nourishing Foot Therapy, R40. It contains no artificial colourants or fragrances. Very dry or rough feet? Then Eucerin Intensive Foot Cream 10% Urea with Lactate, R114.99, is for you. The oil-in-water emulsion helps prevent moisture loss and reduces calluses, cracks and pressure marks.
Soft, pretty feet are taken to a whole new level when you apply a little bit of polish. This summer, choose a bright pop of tangerine, coral or hot pink. Fun and funky colours brighten up your outfit and look super cute in pretty summer sandals.
Want the pampering but don’t have the energy? Book yourself a pedicure as a special treat – you won’t regret it!