It’s that time of year when we remove our woolly socks and take a first glimpse of our pasty feet. If you have been a bit clever, you would have been looking after your feet throughout the winter months. If however, you are like me, and leave things until the last minute, you will be despairing at the amount of hard skin on your heels, the length of your toenails, and the size of your bunions (how did they get that big in just a few months?)
But fear not, as you do not need to resort to cosmetic surgery to get your feet back to their natural beauty, they just need a little tender love and care. So let’s start off with that hard skin.
Hard skin is caused by regular friction on your foot and you’ll often find it on your heels, sides and balls of the feet. To remove hard skin, first soak your feet in a soapy foot bath for half an hour to soften the skin. Then scrub away at the hardskin with a foot file, such as this Foot File Spoon from the Body Shop – £6.00.
It has a double-sided filing tool that removes the rougher skin from the soles of your feet or treats the more delicate areas. After you have removed the hard skin you should apply an intensive moisturiser.
The skin on your feet is much thicker than elsewhere on your body, therefore you’ll need a moisturiser with intense and deep penetrating properties to help keep the skin supple. Choose a moisturiser that is especially formulated for the feet, such as Burts Bees Coconut Foot Crème £12.99.
This super pampering natural foot cream contains coconut oil, lanolin and vegetable glycerin that will revive and rejuvenate even the driest and most neglected feet. As an extra pampering tip, apply the cream at night and then wear cotton socks to keep in the cream.
Keeping toenails looking trim and healthy is a twofold process, first you should make sure that your diet is rich in vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and biotin, as if your nails are misshapen, brittle, thickened or dry, it could mean a deficiency in any of these. Secondly, you should perfect your cutting technique.
Always use nail clippers and cut nails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. The Tweezerman Barrel Spring Toenail Nipper are expensive at £22.50 but they feature a smooth barrel spring action and precise sharp blades which will cut even the thickest toenails with ease.
No amount of nail polish will disguise a pair of cracked heels, but there are some great products on the market that will tackle the problem of unsightly cracked heels.
Compeed Cracked Heel Overnight Cream costs £6.99 and contains a blend of Urea and Lactic Acid to intensively moisturise the heel area overnight, and improve the appearance of cracked heels while you sleep. There are also Compeed Cracked Heel Plasters to wear during the day.