Beauty & Fashion
Dare to go bare
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
Make this your summer mantra: “Exfoliation is my friend.” You know that thick layer of seemingly powdery skin on your heels? Well, that’s a whole lot of dead skin cells just waiting to be sloughed off.
Luckily, exfoliation doesn’t have to be difficult or costly – see our yummy DIY foot scrub, or head on down to the beach and take a long walk along the shore — sand is a fantastic natural exfoliator. If your feet are in need of more TLC, then you will have to look into purchasing a mechanical exfoliating tool or a chemical foot peel utilizing fruit acids.
- Consider a nice, soothing soak
If you’re lucky enough to have a heated foot bath at home, then what are you waiting for! If not, just grab a large bowl, fill it up with warm water and essential oils of your choice and relax with a nice long soak. Incorporating soaks into your foot-care routine, either before exfoliating to soften skin or afterwards to rinse off the slough, will ensure your feet stay beautiful all year round.
- Make moisturising a priority
All that time spent exfoliating and soaking will be in vain if you forget to seal in all the moisture, especially with beach season here. Your best bet for super-soft, sandal-sportin’ feet is using a moisturising cream on a daily basis. In fact, one of the most popular tricks of the trade is rubbing moisturiser on at night, slipping on a pair of heavy socks and sleeping your way to pretty feet. If you prefer more organic foot moisturising methods, coconut oil works wonders for achieving that baby-soft feel. Just rub it on your feet after bathing.
- Pay attention to detail
Once you’ve established a regular routine of exfoliating, soaking and moisturising, you may be tempted to call it a day and slip your feet into your sandals. However, your feet will look better, feel better and hold pedicure polish longer if your cuticles are pushed back and trimmed. This is also a good time to be on the lookout for any lingering callouses that could use a little extra TLC and to shape your nails in preparation for some punchy colour.
- Polish ’em up
No pedicure is complete without a little toe dazzle. Feet just look better in open-toed shoes when they have a punch of colour. Bright pinks, corals, reds and oranges are classic summer hue choices, but don’t be afraid to pull inspiration from your outfit or from your surroundings. Look for a high-quality polish with a decent brush for easy application and enduring results. Lastly, have fun! Your feet will thank you later.
Peppermint Mocha Foot Scrub
1 Cup granulated sugar
⅓ Cup coconut oil, melted
1 Tablespoon baking cocoa
5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Combine sugar, coconut oil, and baking cocoa in a large bowl.
Tip: If you like your scrubs a bit looser, add a little extra melted coconut oil.
- Add peppermint essential oil a few drops at a time until you get your desired scent strength.
- Mix ingredients together.
- Transfer scrub to a wide mouth Mason jar.
- Optional: If gifting, add a bow with a pretty ribbon and a handmade tag.
- Scoop a couple of tablespoons of this homemade foot scrub out of the Mason jar.
- Apply directly to feet and scrub well for 3-5 minutes.
Note: Your feet can be wet or dry when you apply the scrub.
- Rinse feet and pat dry.
Caution: Be sure that the oil has been absorbed or wiped off so you don’t slip.
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