Picture the scene: it’s a grey May morning, you’re trying to decide what to wear in this dull but balmy weather when lo and behold, the sun appears. Bursting through the clouds like a flashing neon sign saying “wear that new midi skirt”. Delighted you gather various summer accessories (sun cream of course) and prepare to head outside and catch some rays when suddenly you catch sight of your dry, chipped, winter-worn feet.
Shaving your legs might only take a minute, but those babies need some serious TLC before you can even contemplate a pair of flip-flops. With no time to head to a professional (who knows how long the sun will stick around) there’s only one thing for it: a DIY pedicure. Fortunately, we’ve planned ahead this year and spoken to beauty expert Lucy Patterson from Milk to find out everything we need to know about achieving and maintain gorgeous summer feet. Best foot forward now…
How can we protect our heels from becoming too hard during flip-flop season?
Hard skin quickly builds up from wearing flip-flops in summer months. Winning the battle against hard skin is all about little and often. As the temperature warms up, book in for a good pedicure. We recommend a gel pedicure which includes a callus peel treatment. This treatment works away hard skin using a peel solution designed especially for feet. After your pedicure it’s all about maintenance. Try using a moisturiser that contains AHAs to gently exfoliate skin while hydrating and applying a rich moisturiser nightly under cotton socks. If you find that you are fighting a losing battle, book in for another pedicure to give your home routine an extra boost.
What is the safest and most effective way to remove dead skin from the feet?
A traditional foot file is a great, easy and cost effective way to remove hard skin. Soaking before working with a foot file is recommended as it helps you work away the dead skin. But remember skin is softer after soaking and can be removed more easily, so go slowly. Try filing your feet once a week after showering and leave the metal rasps and blades to professionals.
Any tips on how to polish neatly?
Use a good base coat to create a smooth surface. Shake the bottle well, load the brush and place the brush in the middle of the nail slightly above the cuticle. Push the brush back towards the cuticle then sweep forward to the tip of the nail. Repeat on the left and right sides of the nail and tidy any smudges with an orange stick tipped with cotton wool soaked in nail polish remover.
How can we make our polish last through sun, sea, sand and sandals?
It’s worth investing in a gel pedicure. You don’t have to worry about drying time after application and the polish lasts weeks. They really are excellent value given the weeks of wear.
Milk Beauty’s guide to the ultimate at home pedi:
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