If your feet are a looking a bit gnarly and tired come spring, you're not alone. Ensconced in thick socks and boots for the last nine months, you probably haven't given them an ounce of attention since last August...
Your feet work hard for you, and it's high time you repaid them with a little TLC. It won't take long to get those tootsies looking as pretty as your new sandals...
Step one: soak
Try this simple tip – fill a foot spa, bath or empty basin with warm water, before adding half a cup of Escenti Cool Feet Spearmint and Menthol Soothing Foot Soak. Let those pure minerals work their magic for around fifteen minutes, relaxing muscles and softening skin. You'll also have the perfect excuse to catch up on a bit of light reading!
Step two: exfoliate
After giving your feet a good soak, rinse and pat them dry, then follow with some exfoliation to help remove any hard skin build-up. For this, we love nspa Coconut & Vanilla Jelly Body Scrub. Passion fruit seeds are brilliant at removing dead skin.
If you have a lot of skin build-up, try 7th Heaven Soften Sock Masques. These little booties are infused with extracts of shea butter, almond oil, soy bean and peppermint to help soften hard skin and refresh tired feet. Slip them on, give any dry spots a gentle massage, then sit back and chill, for 15-20 minutes. Easy!
Step three: buff
The skin on your feet can be tough, so turbocharge your pedi and buff after exfoliating to make sure things are as smooth as they can be. Failing to remove the build-up of dead skin cells properly can lead to sore toes and cracked heels, but it's easy to buff your feet back into good condition.
Do it manually by working all three surfaces of the nspa Complete Foot Care File over your feet in turn, or do it electronically, with the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot Care System. This battery-powered upgrade enhances the buffing effect and makes it a whole lot quicker, too!
Step four: trim
It's best to trim your toenails after your feet have had a good soak – they'll be softer, and easier to shape. Use QVS Curved Nail Scissors, followed by the QVS Sapphire Nail File, and voila! Perfectly smooth nails.
Step five: hydrate
Try to remember to moisturise those feet after you get out of the shower – though leave the area between your toes well alone. Try Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Foot Magic with vitamin E – the peppermint extract provides a lovely cooling sensation. Want a more hardcore hit of hydration? Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Nourishing Foot Cream is your new go-to.
Suffering from horribly sore, cracked heels? Slather on a squirt of our Heel Balm every morning and evening to soothe and soften.
Step six: polish
A quick paint job will finish off your pedicure nicely. Before you get colourful, separate your toes with twisted-up tissues to stop any smudging, and leave in place until your polish is completely dry. Now you're ready to paint! For every day, you can't beat a natural look – Collection Lasting Gel Colour Crystal Clear 1 will do the job.
Remember, happy colours make for happy feet!