Chapter 21: Foot Care Tips for Sandal Season

Beauty Book

It’s officially the first day of summer! By this time, I’m sure you’ve already done most of your summer prepping from nail care to body care. To be completely ready for sunny weather, you also need to take care of your feet. It’s sandal season after all!

There’s no need to visit a fancy spa to care for your feet. Just follow these five quick and simple tips, which can be easily done in the comfort of your home, and you’ll be flaunting your feet (with your cute sandals) in no time!

Tip #1: Soak ‘em

Begin by soaking your feet in warm water. This helps prep your skin and soften it for exfoliation. You can even add a few drops of essential oils to make it a more like a relaxing spa experience. I personally love the smell of lavender, so if it’s also your favorite scent, I suggest going for AROMATICA’s Lavender Essential Oil.

After giving your feet a good few minutes to soak, wash it with a bar soap like TIA’M’s Perfect Foot Bar that’s 100% handmade and offers a deodorizing effect. Its formula of shea butter, honey, tea tree leaf oil, biotite, and charcoal powder provides a deep cleanse to keep those toes clean and fresh.

Tip #2: Scrub, scrub, scrub away

Do you have cracked heels? Are there dry patches between your toes? If so, you need to exfoliate. Just like the rest of our body, our feet are no strangers to dead skin, and the best way to get rid of them is through exfoliation.

The Mint Sparkling Foot Scrub from SKINFOOD is a great exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells while keeping your feet hydrated. But you’ll need something sturdier like a pumice stone to really slough away rough, dry skin, especially around your heels. You can also use it to soften calloused skin.

Tip #3: Clip your nails and keep cuticles hydrated

After a good soak and scrub is the best time to clip your nails as this is when your skin is at its softest. Give your nails a decent trim, but be careful not to overdo it or you’ll cut right into your flesh! A nail file helps shape your nails properly.

I’m no nail professional but I advise not to cut your cuticles as you may open yourself up to infection if it’s done incorrectly. Simply hydrate your cuticles by massaging cuticle oil all over your nails. Don’t forget about hangnails – use a cuticle nipper to snip them away. Although it can be tempting, avoid tugging on them or you can end up with open cuts.

Tip #4: Weekly treats

Your feet needs extra TLC to keep them soft and hydrated, especially when they’re constantly exposed to heat and dry, summer air. Plus, if you’re planning to spend your summer holidays traveling, camping or hiking, then doing a weekly foot mask is an absolute must.

Want your feet to feel baby soft all summer long? Try innisfree’s Special Care Mask (Foot). It’s infused with glycerin to soothe, nourish and moisturize skin and grapefruit extract to get rid of dry, rough skin. Think of it as a sheet mask for your feet; leave it on for about 20 minutes and gently massage the remaining essence for further absorption.

Tip #5: Moisturize

The last and most important tip is to keep your feet moisturized. Whether you’re done with your daily foot mask or simply hopping out of the shower, make sure you have a foot cream ready. You don’t necessarily have to go for a super thick cream; just find one that’s light but offers long-lasting hydration.

Candy O’Lady’s Blando Foot Cream is great for summer. It’s hydrating enough, thanks to its aloe vera extract, and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling. It also contains chamomile extract for soothing and anti-aging benefits.

Once you’re done taking care of your feet, show them off by adding a fresh paint of fun and bright polish that are perfect for beach weather, or treat them to a new pair of stylish and comfortable sandals to wear all summer long!

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