We’ve all been there. You’ve kept your feet covered up in the winter months, applied the occasional coat of polish on your toes, only to be faced with the flip flop fear. It’s a sunny day, perfect flip-flop weather, but your toes just aren’t up to scratch. Don’t stress, follow these 10 easy steps to get you feet in to tip top condition.
Step 1. Make sure you buff your feet when dry, not wet. This will help to really shift the dead skin. Use a sturdy foot file and focus on the heels, balls of feet and edges of toes.
Step 2. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a reviving foot soak, such as Essie Spa Marine Sea Salts 56g. Soak your feet for 10 minutes as this with help to soothe and soften your skin.
Step 3. Using a foot scrub, massage your feet to get rid of the last dregs of dead skin, then rinse. I love Essie Spa Sea Mineral Glow 56g
Step 4. Apply a foot masque. Wrap your feet in cling film, followed by a warm towel and relax for 10 minutes, then rinse. My favourite is Essie Spa Hydro-Masque.
Step 5. Dry your feet thoroughly (even between your toes) and gently ease back your cuticles with a cuticle stick.
Step 6. Cut your nails straight across with nail clippers. Make lots of little snips, rather than all at once, or you might break your nail. Top tip: It’s important not to create a round shape to your toenails as this can lead to an ingrown nail.
Step 7. Massage your feet with a rich foot lotion to lock in the moisture. I usually opt for Nailtiques Avocado Foot Cream. It smells amazing and leaves your feel feeling silky smooth.
Step 8. For the ultimate treat, apply foot lotion before bedtime, wrap them in cling film as before, then add some socks and hop into bed. Essie Spa Kirby Cream is perfect for this
Step 9. If you want to add some colour, wipe off the foot lotion from your nails using a damp cotton wool pad. Then add your base coat, two layers of polish and a high-shine topcoat.
Step 10. Cuticle oil is key to maintaining healthy nails. Use a roll on variety for ease and to keep any mess to a minimum. Try Nailtiques Cuticle Oil Roll-On.
So give these steps a try and say goodbye to flip flop fear for good.