I’m going to put it as bluntly as this - no matter how pretty your footwear is, if your feet aren’t given enough love (and by that I mean dry and dead skin, cracked heels, et al) that footwear ain’t gonna look all that stunning. So stop ordering those embellished flip-flops online and focus on prettying up those feet first! In this post, we’re going to give you all the tips you need to know in order to flaunt those pretty feet and rock your summer sandals.
1. Give Yourself A Mini Pedi At Home
Bring out your bathing bucket, fill it with warm water, add a tablespoon of sea salt to it and dip your feet in it. This will not only soften out calluses and get rid of dead skin, but also make you feel relaxed. After dipping your feet in that water for about 15-20 minutes, take them out and use a foot scrub on your feet. This will remove all dead skin and tan too. After this, massage in some lotion on your tender feet and watch the cracks in your heels disappear. Do this once a week in the summer and you’re good to go.
2. The Solution Is In A Jar Of Honey
Honey has antibacterial and exfoliating properties. Apart from that, it also is a natural humectant which essentially means that it attracts moisture. This is why honey works like magic for cracked heels. Apply a generous amount all over your feet, especially the heels. Wrap your foot in a muslin cloth to prevent any excess dripping. After it solidifies a tad on your foot, scrub it off. This will hydrate your feet well, remove dead skin and soften calluses too.
3. Night-Time Foot Care Routine
As geeky as it may sound, slip on soft cotton socks before going to bed. Better still, apply a moisturising foot cream and then wear socks to bed. This will lock in the moisture and protect your feet from drying out. Trust us ladies, you will wake up to baby soft and smooth feet.
4. Coconut Oil Works Like Magic
Coconut oil is quite a wonder product - it’s healthy to eat, apply in your hair, and on your skin too. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that will take care of cracked heels, especially if they’re prone to bleeding and infections. Apply some coconut oil every other day and massage it in after a shower.
5. Apply A Keratolytic
The skin around your heels is thick and a keratolytic cream which typically contains glycolic acid and lactic acid will make it thin. It will loosen the outer skin layer and remove dead skin cells thoroughly. Apply it twice a week for silky soft feet!
6. Never Forget The Good Ol’ Pumice Stone
Most of us have this in our shower areas but tend to ignore them. The humble pumice stone removes dead skin like no other. When showering, scrub your heels with a pumice stone for 2-3 minutes and your feet will be silky soft. Do this once a week, but make it a point to not rub your feet too hard as that can damage skin cells.