We’re finally there! We’re packing away our coats and woolies, and all ready to slip into those sandals or Havaianas… until you take a look at your feet!
During winter, we often neglect our feet and forget to give them enough love during winter because they’re bundled away in socks and shoes, so the dry, cracked heels and unpainted nails often go unnoticed.
Most times busy moms just don’t have the extra minutes in the day to book a mani or pedi. It’s usually the mani that wins the day, but there are things you can do at home to prettify your feet and get your feet looking and feeling sandal-ready. Here are my tips to take you from lizard to Lamborghini…
What to do to get gorgeous feet at home
1. Start by soaking and exfoliating. All you need is a tub of water with a few drops of tea tree oil. Rub your feet with a cloth and soap, and don’t forget the nooks and crannies between your toes, where dry skin can hide. Exfoliation is the key part of getting your feet sandal-ready. During winter, dry patches seem to collect on our feet much quicker so it’s best to use a pumice stone, a foot scrub or exfoliating cream to get your feet silky soft again.I then love using a foot scrub on my feet (always rub on dry feet) and then letting them soak for a while before then buffing away the dead cells. Once you wash that all away, dry your feet and gently push back your cuticles with a cuticle stick. Your feet will feel invigorated, and you’ll find that you want to treat yourself to a soak once or twice a week.
2. Preventing ingrown toenails and cuticle health is another big must and it also starts with moisturising correctly. We tend to focus so much on our body and hands, that we forget that our feet need that same type of nourishment. Fun fact: the skin on our feet is up to 10 times thicker than the rest of the skin on our body, so naturally it needs a more intensive moisturising routine. Invest in a very thick and rich foot cream to give your tootsies the love and care they deserve. Be sure to apply it every night after your bath or shower.
3. Once your feet are looking shiny and new again, it’s time to make them look pretty! Get creative and have fun trying out the newest nail polish trends. If you’re painting your toes at home, invest in toe separators; trust me, they are lifesavers! If you’re going to the salon to get your toes done, there are tons of different treatments as well as nail polish finishes and formulas to choose from. Some can be overwhelming to understand so I’ve broken it down for you.
Paraffin wax treatment is the big foot trend at the moment. This luxurious treat helps you achieve baby soft skin. This type of soft wax bonds to the skin and is applied during manicures and pedicures. Hands and feet are submerged in the wax, wrapped in plastic and left to soak for 15 to 30 minutes. It’s such a treat!
When it comes to nail polishes and finishes, you can never go wrong with regular nail polish. It will never go out of style. If you’re looking for something a bit glossier and longer-lasting, then gelish is your answer. Gelish is a combination of both a polish and a gel. It applies like a polish but wears like a gel, making it a go-to for those who suffer from weaker nails, as well as women on the go – and is perfect for vacation. A gel pedicure will last at least two weeks without chipping or peeling and up to three or four in total, depending on your regrowth of your natural nail.
Enjoy the new season, and put your best foot forward!
Mandi Strimling is a South African-based journalist, blogger, social media influencer, and media personality. She owns the website, Rave Review, which has fast become South Africa’s favourite online accessory. Mandi is also a content creator, has an addiction to makeup, sports and has a soft spot for a good cheesecake.