After a long season of your feet hibernating in thick wooly socks or cute boots, the time has come for your feet to see the sun again. But, don’t let sandal season sneak up on you without being prepared! Get a head start treating your tootsies to some tender love and care, now, so that the next time you slip on a pair of sandals they will look fabulous.
Remember, though, reintroduce your feet to nature naturally. You’re working to scrub off the last remnants of winter. Don’t do this by slathering your feet in chemicals! Choose all natural products that will leave your feet splendidly fresh as well as healthy this upcoming season. Need some suggestions? Follow these steps so you can slide into those sandals with super-smooth springtime feet.
Submerge your winter-worn feet into a bath of warm water and Epsom salts. The salt will reduce swelling, neutralize odors, and aid in the healing of skin and nails – all of which are necessary after months of being trapped in thick, warm footwear. So sit back and start repairing your feet with a nice relaxing 15-minute soak.
After having soaked your feet for an extended period, they should be nice and soft, and well on their way to looking pretty. While you have them soft, use a foot scrub and/or a pumice stone to slough off dry, dead skin from the heels, sides, and pads of your feet.
Don’t neglect this step! Feet, just like any other part of your body, need to be exfoliated so the skin can regenerate itself. However, just because the skin on your feet is the thickest, don’t take it as an invitation to scrub too hard. Just concentrate on the rough patches. That extra layer is on your feet to protect them, so even though it may feel good to scrub, if you do it too abrasively your feet will no longer be able to protect you.
3. Make a Mask
Who says masks are just for your face?! Just like a face mask can instantly brighten up your smile, so can it help perk up your feet. Pick masks with invigorating ingredients like citrus and peppermint to help get your blood flowing. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes and rinse it off. Then, voila!
4. Massage and Moisturize
Prepping your feet isn’t all about how they look. Part of it is about how they feel. Dry winter air can leave your feet rough and calloused, so introducing some cream into these cracks is on your immediate to-do list. Besides being unattractive in sandals, scaly feet can be a health concern and make you more susceptible to infection. That’s why, when it comes to foot care, massages and moisturizers are the superhero duo of foot care – they’ll save you every time.
Taking some time to massage lotion into your feet is an important step in preparing for summer. When done on a regular basis, moisturizing massages will help improve your circulation as well as ease the aches and stresses that have built up from months of wearing thick socks and heavy shoes.
Plus, by getting your blood flowing, your feet will begin to look refreshed, giving them that soft, summery appearance that you want when you slip on your first pair of flip flops for the season.
As an added bonus, try moisturizing as you sleep. This is a wonderful way to help rejuvenate sore and tired winter feet. Use a hydrating cream with ingredients like shea butter, and slather your feet before you go to bed. To really hydrate, remember to cover your feet with comfy socks to seal in the moisture as your sleep.
5. Trim and Paint
It is much easier to clip nails when they are damp. Therefore, leave nail trimming for the last step in the preparation process. When you begin to cut, make sure that you clip your nails straight across and not deep into the corners, so that you can avoid ingrown toenails. After you have trimmed and filed your nails, and they are the perfect shape, don’t forget to clean them off with a brush and buff them out so that they are primed for painting.
When you are ready to paint, make sure you have chosen a natural color. Don’t worry. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice color variety. Natural only means chemical-free! You wouldn’t, after all, want to reintroduce chemicals onto your feet after working so hard to get them ready to go out into nature!