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