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Happy Feet: Prepping Toes For Sandal Season

The socks are off! The arrival of warmer weather means it’s almost time to wave goodbye to your trusty ankle boots and say hello to summer sandals. If, like us, you’ve neglected your feet a little during the winter months then it might be time for some emergency TLC. These easy techniques will help you get and maintain soft, hydrated, and strappy-sandal-worthy feet all season long.

Soak and Soften
We know you’re eager to get rid of rough skin, but it’s important to prep your feet first. Start by soaking them in warm water for at least 10 minutes to make exfoliation easier. Then gently rub a good body exfoliator – like NUXE Reve de Miel Body Scrub – across the tops and bottoms of feet to loosen dead skin and relax tired muscles.

Seal In Moisture While You Sleep
Thicker skin like the type on your feet requires more intense hydration, so opt for balms, butters, and creams. Apply a layer of Living Sea Therapy’s sweet almond oil-infused Foot Cream to feet after exfoliating and before bed each night. If blisters are bringing you down, dab on a little Dr. PawPaw Original Balm — this cult beauty favourite promotes healing and reduces irritation.

Keep Your Toenails Healthy
Apply a cuticle oil daily – we love this Vitamin E one from Sally Hansen. Insider beauty tip! If you notice your nails are slightly yellow or dark, brighten them up by brushing on a little whitening toothpaste.

Make Your Pedi Last Longer
To lengthen the life of your polish, apply a clear top coat like Seche Vite™ on day two and five after a pedicure. If you’re on holiday then it’s also a good idea to wipe nails clean after applying sunscreen to prevent yellowing of the polish and potential chipping.

If you’re worried that your feet are in dire straits after a long winter then, at least a week before you’re planning to show them to the world, pop on this Skin Republic Foot Peel. These dual-layered booties use alpha hydroxy acids to remove dead skin cells, and get to work on calluses and rough skin to peel away dead skin within 7 days. Gross but seriously satisfying!