5 Easy Ways to Get Your Feet Ready for the First Days of Sandal Weather
Picture this: It's one of the first warm days of spring and you finally break out those sandals that have been sitting in your closet for months. You're on the way to work, glance down and realize that your feet have been neglected since, well, last year. Not to worry, we have some tips for getting your toes (and soles) smooth and summer-ready in no time.
Soak Your Feet
Fill a bucket with warm water and sprinkle in some Epsom salts to soften your skin (and make it easier to slough off of any dry patches afterward). The salts are soothing and have anti-microbial properties to keep those little areas between your toes and toenails clean.
Get a Foot File
We like this one by Diamancel, which is a lot more durable than other files or pumice stones we’ve tried in the past. Using a gentle pressure, file the bottoms of your feet and anywhere else that feels dry or rough to the touch (this usually include the balls of the feet and sides of the toes). Be sure to take your time with this part instead of speeding through for the most consistent results.
Brighten Up Your Toenails
First, remove any old, chipped polish. If you’ve kept them painted without any breaks in between, they likely have a yellowish tint to them. To remove these surface stains, mix 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with ½ cup of warm water. Soak your toenails for a few minutes and then, using a soft, clean toothbrush, get to scrubbing. Repeat as needed, re-dipping your brush into the solution each time.
As soon as you step out of the shower, towel off and smooth an emollient cream over your feet. We love this one from AmLactin because it combines lactic acid and AHAs with humectants to gently (and gradually) dissolve dry skin while hydrating.
Choose the Right Polish
It’s time to show off those toes. Bold, bright colors (like reds, pinks and corals) and rich, opaque ones (like a creamy white or cobalt) will brighten up your feet because they create contrast between your toenails and your skin.