Monday Beauty Tips #22: Summer-Ready Feet

Spring has sprung and before we know it, beach season is here. Your feet may have been trapped inside boots and woolly socks for months, but it’s time to get your toes ready for sandal season. If the thought of bearing your soles in public fills you with dread, you’re not alone. Winter’s chill takes a toll on just about everyone’s skin. Follow these steps for soft, sexy, summer-ready feet.

1. Peep and Soak
Start by removing any polish that you might be wearing on your toes. Next, soak your feet to soften skin and nails. Prepare a small basin filled with warm water, then add bath oil, bath salts or a foot soak which is formulated specifically to soften tired, rough feet.

2. Exfoliate
We often neglect our feet when it comes to exfoliating, but like any other area of your body, old skin needs to be sloughed away to stimulate cell turnover and make way for newer, softer skin. Use an exfoliating scrub to remove any rough patches that have accumulated over winter. A pumice stone or foot file can be used on extra-rough spots (heels, balls of feet).

3. Add a Mask
Who says masks are just for your face? Give your feet the perfect pre-summer pick-me-up with a revitalizing foot mask. Simply apply the mask to clean, dry feet, wrap them in plastic wrap or a towel, relax for 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

4. Cut, Trim and File
It’s a lot easier to cut nails, and especially your toenails, when they are damp. After soaking and exfoliating, cut your nails and then file the corners into rounded edges to smooth rough edges and prevent ingrown toenails, make sure you only file in one direction.Use a scrub brush to clean underneath the nails, and then gently buff them to prepare the nails for polish.

5. Moisturize
Winter causes skin to dry out so before you can declare yourself ready for sandal season you’re feet are going to need some serious post-winter hydration. Rather than just slapping some lotion on and calling it a day, this is also a good opportunity to massage feet to further pamper tired, over-worked extremities.

Now, pick a pretty shade of nail polish to show of your beautiful, soft summer-ready feet in a pair of sandals! :)

Hanne Sagstuen

Norwegian New Yorker Hanne Sagstuen a fashion model, art director and editor in chief. Beautylovin is the website where she shares her take on life, travel, beauty and everything in between.

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