How to get beautiful feet
Sandal season is upon us, and it’s time to free your feet from those wooly winter socks and assess the damage. If your tootsies are looking a tad neglected, then here’s how to get them fit-flop ready.
Banish rough edges: The biggest beauty curse when it comes to feet is dead skin. After months of low maintenance your heels and soles are undoubtedly suffering from this problem to a greater or lesser degree – but the good news is that it’s easy to overcome. Start by filling a foot bowl with warm water and soaking your feet for 10-15 minutes – you can add a few drops of essential oil if you like. Once your skin has been softened by warm water, you can use a pumice stone or a specialist foot scrubber to slough away the dry skin. Take care of delicate areas such as toes and ankles, and don’t scrub too hard or you may cause skin trauma.
Invest in well-fitting shoes: Celebrities such as Victoria Beckham have spoken publicly about the damage that an addiction to heels has inflicted on their feet. Give yours a break by investing in a pair of well-fitting womens shoes and slipping them on whenever you can. Comfort doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style – you only have to browse high street stores such as Next to find a great selection of flat or mid-heel womens shoes that couple trendiness with practicality. Remember, the fit is just as important as the style, so it’s worth measuring your feet before you hit the shops to ensure that you’re buying the right size.
Look after your nails: Almost one in three women in the UK has a fungal nail disease – giveaways include discolouration, flaking and obvious ridges on the nail. If you suffer from this problem then it’s important to get it treated – use an over-the-counter remedy or consult your GP for more advice. Of course, even healthy nails can look dull if they aren’t cared for, so it’s crucial to look after yours in the run-up to flipflop season. Keep your cuticles pushed back, use a file to keep length in check and choose a nail polish that will complement both your shoes and your skin tone.