Sandal season is in full swing, which means it’s time to divert our attention to having smooth feet and polished toes. Here are few tips to make sure your feet are looking their best for the season.
Scrub those heels, dammit
One of the easiest ways to keep your feet smooth is to eliminate the dryness and dead skin. Get yourself a foot file, keep it in the shower and scrub those babies weekly. Filing the bottom of your feet can help keep cracked heels and calluses to a minimum.
Calluses happen when the skin gets thick and hard from repetitive pressure or poor footwear. Believe it or not, it’s actually your body’s way of protecting itself. Otherwise the skin would get very thin and sensitive (ouch!) so it actually creates its own protection in the form of a callus. No big deal if you have one or two (I do), but filing them down weekly prevents them getting out of control and painful. Because they can and at that point may need to be treated by a professional.
If you really want to show your feet a good time, get yourself a heated foot bath. I found a great one that heats and vibrates- oooooh la la! You definitely don’t have to get one with all the extra settings, a simple bucket will do, too. But not gonna lie, the vibrating option is a total game changer. Put on a good show (and perhaps some wine), soak those feet, file, moisturize your heels and finish with polish!
Click here to check out the foot bath I have, or see some listed below.
I don’t know about you, but dry feet that snag the sheets drives me crazy. Moisturizing is an effective way to manage dryness and cracked heels. Do this every…single…night…! It literally takes 2 minutes, so don’t tell me that you don’t have time. And if you keep forgetting to do it, just keep a foot cream on your nightstand to remind you.
Speaking as a professional that has done hundreds of pedicures, I’ve heard every excuse to not moisturize. If you’re concerned about slipping and sliding all over the floor, put on some friggen slippers if you have to get up. There is no excuse, just do it!! Your feet literally take you everywhere, it’s the least you can do to say thank-you to them.
Keep toenails trimmed
Keep those toenails trimmed and shaped. When trimming your own toenails, make sure you’re cutting/filing straight across. If you start to angle the corners downwards, you could end up with an ingrown toenail or onychocryptosis if we are being technical. Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful and even more so when trying to treat them. Not mention if it gets infected, that opens up a whole other can of worms. So remember, straight across and you can round off the corners with a nail file to get rid of sharp edges.
Use a base and top coat
A lot of people will skip these 2 steps because it seems useless, but a base and top coat is very important. Without a base coat, the natural nail can stain and turn yellow from colored polish. It also acts as an adhesion for polish to prevent premature chipping or peeling.
Top coat seals and protects the polish to prevent chipping. Not to mention how glossy it makes your polish look. These 2 simple steps will make all the difference to get your polish to last. And of course, make sure you let them fully dry before doing anything!
BOOM! Just like that you’ll be ready to show off those beautiful feet all summer long. I’ve been rocking some shades from the Morgan Taylor “Rocketman” Collection. The color featured on my toes is called, “Put On Your Dancin’ Shoes”. See both the regular polish and gel polish below.