Keeping your feet looking good in summer can be a challenge, especially when most of us are exposing our feet to nature’s elements more during this time of the year. Here are 7 great tips for keeping your feet looking fresh.
1. APPLY SUNSCREEN REGULARLY when you’re busy putting sunscreen on your face, shoulders and legs, it’s very easy to overlook your feet. By applying sunscreen to your feet you could not only avoid a very awkward strap tan line (I currently have a Birkenstock tan line), but you are also protecting your cuticles. Your cuticles protect new nail growth as they emerge, but in the summer it is common that they dry out from wind, sun and sand. So apply the sunscreen – it will help promote healthy nail growth and an even foot coloration! Me and my family use Badger Sunscreens and love them – they are natural, organic and very effective!
2. DON’T SOAK YOUR FEET you know the dry feeling you get all over when you come out of the shower? Same thing happens when you soak your feet. Foot scrubs are a great alternative to softening your feet efficiently.
3. FILE THOSE FEET IN THE SHOWER there are several feet filers that remove dead skin from the foot. I personally have a filer from Microplane (yes, they also make graters for the kitchen – just don’t get them mixed up!). Pumice stones are also great for removing dead skin. Keep it in your shower and add it into your cleaning routine.
4. NIGHT TIME MOISTURIZING I am a big fan of night time moisturizing because I almost always where sandals and having a slippery foot in sandals is awful in so many ways. So I apply heavy moisturizer right before bed and will often throw some socks on so it doesn’t get on my sheets.
6. GIVE YOUR FEET AIR don’t lock your feet up in socks and shoes all summer. Getting your feet fresh air helps get rid of chemical residue. And give your toenails a break from the nail polish every other month for 4 or 5 days to prevent discoloration of your toenails.
7. EAT FOR YOUR FEET if you notice your feet are swelling try cutting down on your salt intake. Apparently I found out that sugar can cause puffiness too! So watch those summer sweets and try to minimize as much as possible.