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Open Toe Shoe Season is Here: Last Minute Tips To Get Your Feet Ready For Summer

Summer is here, and one aspect of this season that many of us overlook cannot be overlooked anymore. With the alarmingly high temperatures, humid weather conditions, and feminine sun dresses, our shoe options are changing, too. That means that instead of heavy boots and sneakers, a lot of us are showing off our toes with some open-toe shoe sandals. But if your feet are still in winter mode, there’s no need to panic. Here are some last-minute tips to get your feet looking their best for summer.

The skin on your feet needs love too

Exfoliating your feet is one of the best things you can do for them before open-toe shoe season. Your feet will feel soft and smooth after using a good foot scrub to help remove dead skin cells. You can create your own foot scrubs at home using items like sugar, coconut oil, and essential oils as an alternative to the many foot scrubs that are sold commercially.

Another great thing you can do is soak your feet in warm water. Not only is it soothing to soak your feet in warm water, but it can also help soften calluses and rough patches on your feet. To give the water a spa-like feel, add a few drops of essential oils like lavender or peppermint. Add one-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar to the water if your heels are dry or cracked to help hydrate and soften them.

At-home pedicure

Trimming and shaping your toenails is a must-do before you slip on those sandals. Use a toenail clipper to cut your nails straight across, then use a file to smooth any rough edges. Make sure not to cut your nails too short, as this can lead to ingrown toenails. And if you want to get creative, add a pop of color with some fun nail polish.

Regular moisturizing is essential for keeping your feet soft and smooth. Apply a thick, creamy foot lotion or oil to your feet every night before bed. If you have, particularly dry feet, try using a moisturizing foot mask once a week. And don’t forget to moisturize your cuticles as well, as this will help prevent hangnails.

Care for your calluses

Your feet can get calluses, which are thick, hardened zones of the skin caused by friction or constant pressure. Calluses can appear unattractive, but they are generally not worrisome.  It is recommended to visit a podiatrist if they start to hurt or get inflamed. You can gently remove the hardened skin from mild calluses with a pumice stone or foot file. Just be cautious not to overdo it since too much skin peeling may end in pain or bleeding.

Choose the right shoes

While it’s tempting to wear the latest trendy sandals, it’s important to choose shoes that are comfortable and provide proper support. Avoid high heels or shoes with thin soles, as they can cause foot pain and lead to foot problems like plantar fasciitis. Instead, look for sandals with a cushioned footbed and straps that provide good support.

Just like the rest of your body, your feet need protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Look for sandals with a closed-toe or a wide-brimmed hat to provide shade. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet, as this is an area that is often forgotten but can easily get burned.


Your Toes Need Some Love, Too: The Ultimate Pedicure Guide

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