If you find it difficult to bare your soles, then you’re not alone. I’ve ashamedly been part of the cracked heel gang for way too long and let me tell you, no one wants to be a member. I guess it’s down to the fact my feet are usually sorely neglected. Apart from a lick of polish on my nails, it’s no wonder that come summer time they look like they belong to Hagrid from Harry Potter.
The irony is that I love pedicures and foot massages, but as a time poor mum I’ve found that my best bet is to try and take the situation in hand (or should that be foot?) myself, before it’s too late.
Luckily there are a ton of effective things you can do at home regularly to prettify your pads, so you can stomp around in your sliders “10 Slider Shoes To Slay Summer With” with much more aplomb.
Here are my five fail-safe tricks for transformed summer-ready feet.
1. Get Soaked
Starting a new series on Netflix? Try this at the same time and make it a weekly thing. Your feet will soon thank you. Seriously, Lush’s Foot Soak and Fancy Free ($6.95) is a lovely way to treat your feet to some softening TLC. Simply add this bath bomb style product to a bucket of warm water and relax. The jasmine and lavender oil fragrance is beautiful while the Epsom and fine sea salts help to soften and soothe. Sheer bliss.
2. Magic Socks
Hardened heels are just the worst. I used to think it was a uniquely ‘old lady’ problem until I had a crack in my heel that was more uncomfortable than any thing I’ve ever experienced. Seriously – trying to sleep was a nightmare. Since that experience I’ve become a devout fan of heel moisturising socks, especially Beauty Feet from Sock Shop ($7.24). Simply slip them on and they get to work, using their blend of Chinese herbs, Nano-silver and the science of antibacterial particle technology. After just one week of wear you’ll see they really do soften and revive the skin on your heels. Just like magic!
3. Roller Girl
Another great way to keep the skin on your feet supple is to regularly treat it to a littler roller action from Dr Scholl. The DreamWalk Express Smoother ($27.49) is a neat little product and gently buffs away dead skin cells. It’s more of a maintenance product though, so don’t expect miracles if you have full on calluses.
4. Scrub Up
Exfoliation isn’t just for your face and thighs you know. Your feet can benefit too. It’s a fun thing to add into your routine a couple times a week – and the fact most foot scrubs smell heavenly means it really isn’t too much of a chore.
My go-to product is The Body Shop’s Peppermint Reviving Pumice Foot Scrub $9.80 which has a cooling effect on your skin and uses volcanic rock granules to lift away dead skin. It makes my feel like they’re smiling.
5. Repair and Restore
The main aim of this foot restoration business is to soften up your soles until they feel less like pieces of wood and more like a part of your body again. Nightly moisturization is my preferred method to feel like I’m doing my feet a good deed and I highly recommend you try Burts Bees Coconut Foot Cream $8.09 which smells amazing and uses coconut oil and rosemary to hydrate and revive. It’s only $8.09 too so what’s not to love?
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