How to Prepare Your Feet for Sandals

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Sandal season is officially here, and it means that it’s time to get your feet looking beautiful, pampered and polished. While I often stop by at the nail salon to get my pedicures done, there are so many new products out there that getting your pedi at home is easier than ever. In case you need some foot care tips, I put together a list of tips and tricks that I use while doing my at-home pedicure.

Exfoliate Your Feet Weekly

Similar to skincare, proper exfoliation is essential for keeping your feet look and feel smooth. By scrubbing and massaging your feet with an exfoliant, you remove the dry skin cells build-up and prepare your feet for moisturizing. While there are many scrubs dedicated to the feet area, there is no need to spend a fortune on these products. In my opinion, body scrubs work not worse than foot scrubs. The key here is consistency. Personally, I have a two-days a week in-depth beauty routine (Wednesdays and Sundays) where I do all of my favorite treatments such as facial masks and peels. I make sure to dedicate one of those days for exfoliating my body and feet. While such routine takes just a few minutes per week, it does make a difference to the way the skin on my feet looks.

Recommended Products: My favorite body scrub is Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish. For a deeper calluses removal treatment, try Patchology Poshpeel Pedi Cure which is a 60-minute treatment for exfoliating rough patches on your feet.

Extra Tip: Check out last week’s episode of The Makeup Show where my partner in crime Nataliya talks about a weird foot mask that she brought from her recent trip to Japan. By the way, in case you don’t know we are chatting live every Thursday at 4:00pm EST via this link so it would be great if you could join us!

Patchology Poshpeel Pedi Cure reviewStripe Socks // Stripe Dot Socks // Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter // Patchology Poshpeel Pedi Cure Masque Socks

Use Foot Masks

After exfoliating my feet, I love to put on a foot mask instead of applying a cream. I don’t like wearing slippers or socks at home, so it’s torture for me to sit with my feet up for 10 minutes waiting when my foot cream absorbs into the skin so instead I prefer using feet masks that some in a shape of plastic socks. It’s a double-layered product that deeply hydrates your skin and also prevents you from rubbing your feet and waiting for when the cream is absorbed. Also, in my experience foot masks hydrate and nourish your skin on a completely different level. I noticed that if I use a foot mask weekly, I don’t need to apply a foot cream throughout the week which is a major time-saver.

Recommended Products: Bioxidea Miracle 24 Foot Mask and Karuna Exfoliating + Foot Mask.

Extra Tip: You can DIY a foot mask at home by applying a thick layer of body butter (my favorite is The Righteous Butter by Soap & Glory), then wrapping your feet with a plastic wrap, and putting socks on for a few hours.

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish

Keep a Pumice Stone in Your Shower

That’s a tip I wish I used more often myself. While I do not mind exfoliating my feet weekly, I often forget about rubbing it with a pumice stone… it just feels too ticklish for me! One of the reasons I prefer doing a pedicure at home is because I just can’t stand other people tickling me in public. I make weird faces, and creepy laughs and I feel just awkward when my pedicurist is making jokes on my inability to handle the tickle! Saying so, I lately picked this pumice stone on Amazon that features a bit less textured surface, so it doesn’t feel that ticklish while I remove dead skin from my feet with it. Perhaps, give it a try if you are experiencing the same ticklish situation as me.

Recommended Products: TWEEZERMAN Step-Two-It Foot File and AMOPÉ Pedi Perfect Extra Coarse Electronic Foot File.

Extra Tip: I love using a salicylic acid based facial cleanser while rubbing my feet with a pumice stone. That way I ensure that there is no gross bacteria build up on the pumice stone as salicylic acid has fungicidal properties to it.

Kneipp Mineral Bath Salt

Incorporate Bath Salts Into Your Feet Routine

If you are a runner or just regularly workout at the gym this tip is for you. Usually, my feet feel super tired after a workout, especially when my trainer tortures me with some biking exercises (okay, it’s not technically a torture since I voluntarily signed up for the class). It also doesn’t help that I wear heels every single day. When I feel that my feet are sore and tired, I make sure to take a salt bath for my feet only. Depending on the cause of tiredness, I will add Ultra Epsom Salt (after a workout), or lavender scented bath salt (relaxing after a full day of wearing high heels) to it. I try keeping the water temperature not too hot, so it doesn’t make my skin overly dry. I also make sure to apply rich foot cream and a cuticle oil after the bath to keep my skin and nails hydrated.

Recommended Products: Kneipp Mineral Bath Salt, Fizz and Bubble Bath Bombs and Sky Organics Bath Bombs.

Extra Tip: Add a few drops of Shea Moisture Argan Oil to your foot bath to ensure additional hydration.

Essie - Best Nail Polish Shades for Pedicure

Pick Your Nail Polish Wisely

This tip is more of a fashion-related. While it’s essential to use high-quality nail polish and never skip a base coat, it’s not less important to think about the shade of a nail polish you are choosing. Personally, I’m a bit OCD about having my pedicure match my shoes. Usually, I’ll go for either barely-there shades (Essie Vanity Fairest and Go Go Geisha are my go-to) or a navy undertone black (Essie After School Blazer is my all-times favorite). By picking a muted black and white palette for my pedicures, I ensure that the majority of my shoes will be a perfect match. For instance, in these photos, I’m wearing my new favorite sandals from Sam Edelman’s latest collection that has just launched on and match the navy details on the shoe with Essie After School Blazer nail polish. I believe that such pedicure will also work for the rest of the shoes in my collection, so I don’t need to switch a polish every time I decide to wear a different shoe.

Recommended Products: Essie Vanity Fairest and Go Go Geisha, and Essie After School Blazer.

Extra Tip: If you’d like to go a bit more creative with your nail polish, check out The Makeup Show today at 4:00 pm EST via this link as we will be talking about marble nail art!

Essie Nail Polish Review

These were my tips to use while getting ready for the sandal season. I hope you were able to find some of them helpful and learned a few new tricks on making your pedicures at home. Please let me know in the comments if you use any of these tips and feel free to share yours! Also, is there a shoe brand that you are obsessed right now? Kindly mention a few as I’m currently hunting for a few extra pairs of sandals.

  • I love a good scrub for my feet every now and then but I always use a Pumice Stone. Never tried a foot mask though maybe it’s time with the nice weather coming up. Great tips!

    • Me too! Pumice Stone is so essential! I can’t wait for you to try a foot mask as these have dramatically changed my pedicure routine! Please let me know how it goes – I wonder if a foot mask technique work out for you!

  • Cattleya

    I love this post! This is something I definitely need to do. I never thought about exfoliating your feet regularly. Thanks for sharing!

    x. Cattleya

    • Thanks for reading, Cattleya! Yep, exfoliating is such an easy and effective procedure! The best part is that you can use your regular body scrub and achieve similar results!

  • Dressed With Soul

    Thanks for the tips! Very helpful for beautiful feet 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Shelby Stover

    Great tips! I never actually thought to do a foot mask! So simple. I do feel much more awesome when I paint my nails regularly though instead of letting them chip.

    • Thank you so much, Shelby! I actually can’t stand chipped nail polish too! I have a nail polish removing wipe in my wallet just in case – because I just can’t concentrate on anything if my nail polish chips!

  • I never heard of foot masks, but it does make sense – not sure if I’ll ever use one though. But the exfoliating is important and will make them shine!

    • Foot masks are so easy to use! I hope you have a chance to test these! If not, try applying a petrolatum gel on your heels (aka Aquaphor) and wrap your feet with a plastic wrap for 15 minutes. Such homemade foot mask is super effective too! The best part is that it costs nothing and you can repeat it as often as you wish!

      Agreed: exfoliation is everything when it comes to foot care!

  • Alissa Burns

    This is great, I really need to follow these steps in-between my monthly pedis. Especially the exfoliation!

    • Exfoliation is essential! Think about this way: you are using facial scrubs all the time, but why you are not exfoliating your feet? My pedicure situation has dramatically changed since I started exfoliating!

  • Elizabeth/Confidently Elegant

    I never heard of foot masks before. I’ll have to check that out!
    Elizabeth |

    • So glad you learned about foot masks, Elizabeth! Please let me know if you end up trying one – I wonder how these work for you!

  • Bernice Abuan

    Omg foot masks are the best! They definitely always feel a bit strange but that feeling after is so good!

  • Bella Skoog (Bella)

    Thanks for sharing these great tips!

    Hugs Bella, // Instagram: bellaskoog

  • Great tips! Thanks for sharing! Love the polish colors!

  • Oooo! Love the tip about using a salicylic acid based cleanser for feet! I didn’t even think about that but will give it a try!

    • So glad you enjoyed it, Shireen! It’s hard to believe but I came out with this idea myself just a few months ago and I’m loving it!

  • I love these tips! It’s definitely important to take good care of your feet especially since sandals are the common choice of footwear for summer.

    Jessica |

    • Agreed! In my humble opinion any footwear looks so much more stylish if your pedicure is on point!

      Have a lovely day, Jessica! ❤️

  • I would love to try the sugar scrub actually! Thanks for sharing your tips girl!

  • Adele Miner

    I have never actually heard of foot masks.. I need to start looking after my feet more having read this! By the way I am completely in love with your blog here, well done on all your hard work with it! x

    • Foot masks are the best! And so easy to use!

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Adele! You are absolutely right: I put a lot of work and love into my blog as it’s my absolutely favorite thing to do! In fact blogging never feels like work as I enjoy it so much!

  • Shannon H

    These are awesome tips!! Usually I get pedis more frequently in the summer but it’s hard in between to keep your feet flip flop and sandal ready! Great tips 🙂 xoxo

    Shannon |

    • I feel that flip-flops are the worst for your feet! Not only these do not provide any support for your feet, these are actually ruining the appearance of the heels! I avoid wearing flip-flops at any cost!

      I do pedicures more often in summer – as well as exfoliation and foot masks that I mentioned in this post.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Shannon! Please let me know if there is any other topics you’d like me to write about!

  • Wow! These are great tips, especially for summer! Time to wear sandals. I wonder if there are good treatments for men, too. 🙂

    G&D Blog |

    • Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed these! In exception of nail polish, all the tips are appropriate for men too! My dad loves to do feet masks as he hates the tickle of a typical pedicure too. BTW he prefers exfoliating masks ever since I introduced these to him.

  • I like your tips! Your sandals are so cute too. I am realizing lately that I have neglected my foot care throughout this past winter which has been long here in NW Washington. The sun is now coming out and I am now preparing my feet too. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Amanda! Go glad you enjoyed the tips!

      It’s been so cold in NYC too so technically it’s not a sandal weather yet 🙂 But I think it’s better to start taking care of my feet earlier than later! So when summer finally arrives I’m 100% ready!

      I hope you are having a wonderful day! Xoxo

  • These are all great tips – my feet are really in some need of some love.