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Scrub up for summer: getting your feet fabulous

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Summer is just round the corner and whilst a lot of us have become preoccupied with toning our tummies, banishing the bingo wings and perfecting those pins, there’s one aspect of our bodies that might have been a little overlooked... our feet.

They’ve been covered up for almost 6 months, living under tights, socks and slippers, being crammed into boots, pumps and trainers so it’s probably safe to say your tootsies aren’t looking all that fresh. If you want to get your feet prepped in time for summer, sandals and sand then read on for some handy pampering tips:

First things first, before you begin the beauty regime it’s time to talk foot-health. If you’ve been experiencing pain or discomfort over the winter months that won’t go away despite frequently changing your footwear then it’s time you spoke to an Orthopaedic shoes specialist. They’ll be able to help suss out what’s wrong and advise on the best footwear to help correct your feet.

Next, take an evening to soak both your feet in warm water. You can add salts or herbal oils to relieve stress – lavender is a good option here. Take some Epsom bath salts and add this to your foot spa. After your feet have been soaking for ten minutes, rub the salts clockwise on the skin of your feet to help remove any dead skin that might have built up over the winter months.

After twenty minutes of soaking, take a pumice stone to remove any excess dry skin, rinsing your feet afterwards.

Once your feet have dried, take a nail file and clippers and get to work on those unruly nails! Cut and file away until each nail is looking equal and neat and use a toe cuticle to push back the skin for elongated toes.

Now it’s time for the colour – pick a bright pastel shade such as mint green, coral or lemon yellow. This will make your feet look neat and tidy and well as totally on trend. Use a clear top coat to keep the polish in place.

When the varnish has dried, apply a moisturising lotion. Use lots, and take this time to sit and chill – moisturising your feet works best when you don’t immediately have to put socks and shoes on straight away as you need to give your feet time to soak in the moisture.

Ta-da! Your feet are prepped and ready to step into summer.


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