Get your feet summer-ready with Boots
10th August 2017
The first step is to smooth those hard, dry bits of skin that build up over the winter months and from sports such as running, which can cause calluses. The best time to use a hard skin remover is either before or after your bath or shower. That way, you can feel what needs to be removed and not cause any damage. When the skin is wet it’s easy to get carried away and cause soreness, which can be painful to walk on and could lead to an infection. Try an electronic pedicure file, which works wonders on winter feet, or a manual foot exfoliator such as a pumice stone. Aim to buff your feet twice a month to help prevent hard skin build up.
Exfoliate and refine
Gently massage a foot scrub all over your feet to remove dead skin cells and smooth any rough edges. It will also help to give your feet a gorgeous glow. Use it at least once a week to help keep dry skin and flakes at bay – as well as giving you the chance to give your feet a lovely relaxing massage.
Invest in a sharp nail clipper and keep nails short and tidy. When cutting the big toenail, make several small cuts rather than one bigger one so you don’t cut it too short and cause a nasty ingrowing toenail. Then, use a gentle nail file to soften the edges slightly and buff out any ridges or uneven surfaces. Use a cuticle remover to soften the dead skin and gently wipe away with a cuticle tool or use your thumb inside a towel. If you have any unwanted hair, use a depilation cream or wax strips cut into small pieces.
If you feel like your feet need a little glow, try a gradual tanning product. When applying tan, preparation is key. Pay special attention to exfoliation in areas such as the tops of the toes, around the anklebones, the heel and the sides where the nature of the skin changes. Thoroughly massage in, especially between the toes.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
The regular use of a nourishing foot cream will make a huge difference to the appearance of your feet, especially if you use it all year round. In summer, your feet dry out really quickly so it’s best to use a specific foot cream to avoid cracked heels.
Toenails are magically transformed with a coat or two of nail polish. Pre-sun, when your feet are at their fairest, choose cooler colours of polish. Pink, lilac, purple, fuchsia, silver, holographic and glitter will all bring a glow to the toes. Once there’s a bit of colour on the skin, go for a bolder choice. Warm colours such as orange, peach, coral and gold always work fantastically. For added fun, get creative and use glitter, embellishments, stickers and flowers. Metallics and crystals make your toes look little pieces of jewellery. Try matching your toes to your favourite sandals or use a contrasting colour to draw attention to a favourite pair of open toed heels.
Defence is the best offence
Once you’ve got your nice feet back, keep them feeling fresh and pretty all year long with these three top tips:- Use a foot cream every day - After every bath/shower, put your thumb in a towel and wipe around the base of each nail to keep the cuticle tidy- Apply cuticle oil whenever you remember to keep them soft and add extra shine to the nail- Use a foot exfoliator and hard skin remover regularly to avoid dry, cracked heels- For more footcare advice, visit a Boots store and chat with one of our pharmacists