It’s summertime, and with it comes open toes, sandals and flip flops! After a winter of being locked up in boots and lace-ups, your feet need a little pampering before you step out in your new strappy footwear, and these steps will help you!
First, get your tootsies looking soft and smooth with a warm water soak. Adding a cup of Epsom salts and a cup of baking soda will soothe tired feet and provide some beginning exfoliation. If you like, add a few drops of essential oil for an aromatherapy touch. This will soften your calluses, so that you can then apply a foot file, or, if you prefer, a pumice stone. Start where the callus is thickest, using a back and forth motion. Filing or buffing your feet should not hurt; if it does, stop immediately. You should never press hard enough to break the skin. When your feet are dry, you should clip and buff your toenails and trim your cuticles. If your toenails are discolored, try rubbing a little lemon juice on them.
Your newly softened and buffed feet will need some added moisture and protection from the elements, so proceed immediately after with lotion, or even better an oil based cream, such as shea or cocoa butter creams. If you prefer a more natural approach, mix 1/4th cup of sour cream with four tablespoons of honey and a few drops of lemon juice, and apply to feet. Let sit for ten minutes (a moisture mask for your feet!), then rinse. If you desire even more moisture for your feet, lotion and then put on a clean pair of natural fiber socks.
Once your feet are thoroughly pampered with these steps you can stop, or if you like a completely perfect summer look for your feet you can add makeup for finishing touches. A bright polish looks just as great in a fancy pair of strappy sandals as it does in a pair of gas station flip flops. You can even brush on a light coat of luminizer or bronzer; it’ll work on your feet just as well as it does on your face!