Thursday, May 3, 2018

How to Get Your Feet Ready for Sandal Season

It’s May, which means it’s finally sandal season! If you’re like us, you’re ready for summer, sunshine, and open-toed shoes. But are your feet ready?

While a pedicure is always fun, you can actually get your own feet ready for summer with a few simple tips and tricks. Keeping reading to find out how to get your feet in sandal shape and take advantage of sunny days ahead!

How to Prep Feet for Summer

1.   Soak

A nice, relaxing soak will soften dead skin and calluses, readying them for exfoliation. Add warm water to a large bowl or basin with a liquid soap like body wash. Soak feet for 5 minutes and rinse.

2.   Exfoliate

Once skin is nice and soft, it’s time to exfoliate! A long winter of dead skin buildup can mean unsightly calluses and cracks.

To remove this dead skin, exfoliate using a sugar scrub, pumice stone, or foot peel like Herbacin Foot Care Peeling. Pay particular attention to the soles of the feet and the heels, are these are most likely to develop unsightly calluses.

3.   Trim

Did you know that there’s a right way to trim your toenails? Always trim your toenails flat across, then file down any sharp edges. Cutting toenails in a rounded shape can result in ingrown toenails, which are incredibly painful and can lead to infection.

4.   Paint

Now your toes are ready for polish (if you want). Place toe separators in between toes, and then apply a base coat, which will help your pedicure to last longer and prevent staining. Next, apply two coats of nail polish and finish with a top coat. For a chip-free pedicure, use thin layers of polish and allow to dry completely between each layer.

5.   Moisturize

After exfoliating, replenish your skin’s moisture levels by applying a rich cream formulated specifically for the feet like Herbacin Foot Care Foot Cream. Feet tend to be more dry than other parts of your body because they lack sebaceous glands. In fact, sebaceous glands, which provide natural moisturizing oil called sebum, are found everywhere on the body except the bottoms of your feet and the palms of your hands. Hence, it’s important to frequently moisturize feet.

For extra hydration, apply lotion liberally to feet before bed and then put on socks. When you wake up in the morning, your feet will be silky soft!

How to Maintain Sandal-Ready Feet

Now that your feet are ready for sandal season, you’ll just want to follow this advice to keep your feet healthy all summer long.

Make Exfoliation a Part of Your Routine

Wearing sandals or going barefoot means that calluses are likely to form again. Preemptively fight back by exfoliating feet weekly.

Dealing with Blisters

Unfortunately, going sans socks in hot and humid weather often means blisters. As soon as you feel a blister come on, put on a bandage and change into more comfortable shoes. Keep the area clean and resist the urge to pop blisters, as this will only increase your recovery time.

Keep Your Feet Clean

Remember: you should be cleaning your feet every day, especially if you’re wearing sandals. Open-toed shoes mean more dirt and debris from the outside world land on your feet.

To keep germs out of your home, wash feet with soap and water after wearing sandals outdoors.

Are your feet ready for summer? Let us know in the comments!

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