5 TIPS FOR OPEN-TOE READY FEET
So, yeah. Summer shoe season is upon us, and I for one, am a little anxious about it. Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE me some sandals. But, to feel confident in my flip flops, strappy flats, Tevas, and open-toe wedges, my feet need a little extra TLC first.
Here is my 5-step to fabulous feet routine, but I’d love to hear your tips and tricks too. Be sure to share them below!
STEP 1: SOAK
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to fill your tub a few inches high with warm water, sprinkle in a little Epsom salt, drop your feet in, and chillllll. Up to you whether you soak before or after exfoliating… I tend to do both. If you’re using your bathtub for your soak, I recommend bringing a chair in versus sitting on the edge of your tub for added comfort.
STEP 2: EXFOLIATE
You probably already know these steps, but the question is… how often do you treat yourself to them AND are you using a Pumice stone? The best way to use a Pumice stone is in a slow circular motion to remove dead skin when your feet are still soft from your soak. Don’t press too hard, and be sure to rinse the stone off as needed.
STEP 3: MOISTURIZE
Two words: Coconut oil. Do we really need any other beauty item in our lives?! Ok, there are plenty of moisturizers options you can choose but we like Coconut oil. Be sure to work the lotion or oil completely into your skin, paying special attention to the wipe any lotion, cream or oil out from between your toes. Sometimes, we’ll put a pair of socks on for an hour or so afterwards too.
STEP 4: PAINT
Pick your favorite color and go for it! The best part of summer is every color goes… vibrant neon colors, neutral pastels, golden shimmers, what have you. If you love it, let your feet flaunt it. Also, always apply a base coat for longer-lasting color.
STEP 5: SCHEDULE A PEDICURE
Ok, I admit, I shorted you a few steps, like cuticle maintenance, but this has never been my wheelhouse. Instead, I find that scheduling a pedicure once every 4-6 weeks and doing these other steps myself in between still leaves with me feeling confident about open-toe shoe season. Here are three tips to keep in mind if you’re ever looking for special deals or affordable pedicure options:
- Check out Groupon – depending on where you live, there may even be same-day deals.
- Follow the Facebook or social media pages of your favorite nail salons to stay up to date on special offers.
- Schedule a polish change appointment instead of a pedicure, especially if you’re on top of foot care at home. It will cost much less.