How to Get Pretty Feet for Summer in Six Easy Steps
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If ever there was a time to get winter-worn feet in tip-top shape for the summer months, it would be now. After much experimentation, I have finally found the Summer Ready Feet sweet spot with a few simple steps. Following these simple steps is remarkably easy and pleasant. The products that I have chosen are my favorites, and they are so lovely to use that they enhance the experience by offering lovely textures and aromas while I prep my feet for the warm weather.
First, I do steps 1 through 5, and then several days later I employ step 6 two to three times a week for maintenance.
STEP 1: EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE!Ridding yourself of rough dead skin is the first step in achieving sandal-ready feet. I love to massage RITUALS Himalaya Sweet Almond Oil & Indian Rose Salt Scrub ($29.00 for 15.8 oz. Reviewed here) into clean dry feet. It feels and smells amazing, and it moisturizes the skin while it removes dead skin. I then wet my hands with warm water and continue to massage my feet for a few more minutes before rinsing them.
Step 2: Wash Feet with RITUALS Fortune Oil Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood ($15.00 for 6.7 oz. Reviewed here). After rinsing the RITUALS Himalaya Sweet Almond Oil & Indian Rose Salt Scrub off of my feet, I like to soak them in warm water infused with Rituals Fortune Oil, and wash my feet with this delectable smelling cleansing oil. If you have had a long day, or if you want to start your day off in a balanced and relaxed way, then I recommend letting your feet soak a little longer. The added benefit is that tough skin will be softer, more moisturized, and easier to further exfoliate. Follow by patting feet dry with a soft and fluffy towel.
Step 3: File Away Rough Skin with the ingenious VAMA Beauty Crystal Glass Foot File ($21.50 from Amazon)!This hefty and durable double-sided crystal foot file has two different abrasive surfaces. One side is coarse in order to effectively remove hard skin and calluses, while the other side offers a finer grit for polishing. It is very easy to clean, and to keep hygienic.
If you are a big fan of crystal glass nail files then you will love our glass foot file! Removes hard skin from your heels very gently and effectively. Each side has varied roughness, coarse and a gentle buffer side. Use on dry feet - no need to soak. Apply your favourite lotion or foot cream to finish up your beauty procedure. Our foot file comes in a clear plastic pouch.
Step 4: Hydrate!The natural antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties found in Coconut Oil makes it the perfect oil for the feet, and that is precisely why I use CapriClear Coconut Oil ($16.99 for 5.2 oz. Reviewed here) in my pedicures. This is a fantastic fast absorbing and fragrance-free oil that is deeply hydrating and leaves the skin is soft and supple.
Step 5: Nourish and Deeply Moisturize!African Botanics Marula Botanical Body Cream ($85.00 for 6.76 oz. Reviewed here) is my very favorite body cream for so many reasons. This beautiful cream boasts an antioxidant and Omega-rich anti-aging formula that deeply nourishes the skin leaving it unbelievably soft, supple and ultra-moisturized. According to African Botanics, it "Nourishes, softens, repairs, regenerates and provides antioxidant defense. Your body is veiled in invisible moisture, which becomes obvious in both the appearance and texture of the skin. Firms and smooths skin tone." It is the most sublime body cream that I have ever used, and it works miracles on the feet. It is preservative and chemical free.
Step 6: Deliver Continued Moisture to Your Feet. A few days following Steps 1-5, I wear the ultra effective Geluxury Moisturizing Slippers ($39.95) to effectively deliver moisture to my feet while I am lounging about the house. I tend to use them between 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes. Geluxury Slippers are infused with 7 therapeutic botanical and essential oils through an ingenious SmartGel lining that releases the oils into the skin.
When you first put on the Geluxury Moisturizing Slippers you notice a rather cool and smooth sensation against your skin, but once they warm up the botanicals become activated and release moisture directly to your feet. The snug fit coupled with the gel texture is exceedingly comfortable, and the results are undeniable. Skin is left smooth, soft, hydrated and over time the effects are quite pronounced.
According to Geluxury,
The deep-hydrating gel lining delivers therapeutic botanicals and oils that heal, intense hydrators that nourish, and ceramides that seal and protect. With regular use, you will restore, repair and rejuvenate your cracked heels, calluses, and damaged cuticles. Specially formulated to repair even the most difficult skin, our patent-pending SmartGel lining is infused with 7 therapeutic botanical and essential oils.
Final Tip: DON'T FORGET SUNSCREEN ON YOUR FEET!Once you have painted your toes your favorite shade for the summer, don't leave the house without remembering to cover your feet with a high SPF sunscreen. People often neglect to apply sunscreen to their feet, and it is imperative to protect them since they receive excessive exposure to the sun. I like to use an SPF 30-40, and as is the case with all sunscreens reapplication every 2 hours is important to keep your skin protected.
Overall Assessment: This is a foolproof way to achieve and maintain soft and pretty feet all year long, but your efforts will really be the most noticeable during the warmer months when your feet will be the most visible! Paint your toes and pull out your favorite sandals, your feet are ready now!