When we were stuffing our feet into boots and socks all winter, going sans-pedicure was no biggie. (Who was looking anyway?) We didn’t have to worry about strappy sandals giving us blisters, and since we definitely weren’t walking around barefoot with snow on the ground, calluses ans splinters were the least of our worries.
But summertime means lots of outdoor activities and open-toed shoes. And let’s face it–neglected feet and unkempt toes are not a pretty sight. To help get your tootsies looking and feeling summer-ready, here are 10 easy ways to pamper your feet:
You don’t need to blow tons of money on salon pedicures. It’s easy to get your feet summer-ready with a safe, at-home pedi. First, soak your feet in lukewarm water to soften your nails. Dig any dirt out from under your nails with an orange stick. Then clip your nails straight across before filing. Don’t cut into the corners of your nails, and don’t clip them too short–that can cause ingrown nails. And never, ever cut your cuticles! They keep germs away from your skin and nails. When you’re ready for polish, don’t forget to use a base coat to prevent yellowing and a top coat after to help your pedi last longer.
After your feet spent a long winter in close-toed shoes and socks, you’re bound to have a few patches of dry skin. Often times, the parts of your feet that experience the most friction (i.e., your heels, the sides of your feet and big toe) will feel the most sand-papery.
The easiest way to soften tease rough patches is by first, soaking your feet in warm water and exfoliating to remove the extra dry skin. After you towel dry your feet, use a pumice stone or foot file on the dry spots to gently ease away the calluses. If your feet are extra-dry, you may have to repeat this process for a few days to really do the job. After you’re done, rub a lotion over the dry patches of your feet to allow your skin to re-absorb moisture.
Don’t you hate it when you spent tome giving yourself a pedicure, and the second you step on the beach the sand wears down the shine? Don’t worry–we’re definitely not suggesting you skip your weekend beach trips at the expense of your pedi. Just swipe a layer of clear coat on over your color after your shower and dry off. Your polish will go from matte to shiny again in no time!
Those new yellow wedges look stunning with your sundress, but by the end of the day, your feet are asking you, “why do you torture us so?!” Show them some love by giving yourself a foot rub–all you need is a golf or tennis ball. Sit in a chair and rub the ball from your heel up to your toes, spending extra time massaging the tenser areas. Take deep breaths while you roll to help oxygenate and relax your muscles. Then switch to the other foot.
When the weather is hot and humid, you know how you have to fight to pull your rings off your swollen fingers? Well guess what–you’re feet do the exact same thing in the summer heat. And all of those fun, seasonal activities like outdoor jogs, hikes and sidewalk sales are bound to aggravate and inflame your feet even more.
To bring the swelling down after a long, hot day, soak your feet in a tub of ice water for 15 minutes. Then pat dry with a towel.