Footsies, tootsies, trotters… or just plain feet. No matter what you call them, they’re your most reliable form of transportation, and they need attention to stay that way, especially in hot, dry weather.
Some people love to pamper their feet all summer long and show them off by wearing sandals and flip-flops, while others prefer to always keep theirs hidden. If you’re the pampering type, summer is probably your favorite time of the year, and the following tips will probably be old news to you. But if you’re the type who usually avoids sandals, you might change your mind after learning how to put your best foot forward:
Keep feet moisturized! Daily foot care is wise year-round, but especially in summer—and certainly if you’re on your feet all day or participate in activities (like hiking) that take a toll on them. Apply a hydrating cream right after every bath or shower to trap in the moisture. At night, try applying cream and then securing with cotton socks or an Ace wrap to help the cream absorb into the skin more effectively as you sleep. (Don’t slather cream between the toes, however; that could lead to athlete’s foot and rashes.)
Exfoliate. Sometimes lotion just isn’t enough. When extremely hard patches appear, it’s time to exfoliate. Use the ME Bath Ice Cream Sandwich Pumice Stone in the summer Yuzen box. Remove rough skin with the pink side, then buff and soften with the white side. Always follow with a hydrating cream. (Find the company’s other unique handcrafted products at www.icecreamcollectionbymebath.com.)
Cut and file. Keep toenails cut (but not too short) and filed straight across. If you cut them too short or cut or file them on an angle, you’re opening them up to infections and painful ingrown nails.
Now the fun part: the polish! Choose a high-quality, all-natural polish formula in a color that makes you happy. For long-lasting color, apply a base coat, two coats of polish, and then a shiny topcoat. Relax and let them dry thoroughly before slipping on your favorite sandals.