Summer is that season when we allow our feet to breathe. We toss away cumbersome boots and closed-off shoes, to trade them in for sandals and flip flops. But what if the effects of the colder season on our skin and nails are making it next to impossible for us to actually enjoy the way our feet look? There is a simple four-step method to take care of this – read on to find out all about it.
1. Forget expensive mani-pedis
Sure, every once in a while it might feel great to just lay back and let a professional handle your calloused heels and cracked nails. But, the truth is that the current economy has been having fashionistas slash their beauty budgets left and right. And if you can’t afford a professional pedicure, there’s no reason to worry. You can totally give yourself one at home, as part of your homemade beauty ritual. Start by soaking your feet in warm water, clean your nails with a file, cut them as short as you want to, and then file them. Make sure not to cut them too short, because ingrown nails hurt like a mother! Stay away from your cuticles, as they protect your nails. Also, apply a base of protective polish before the actual colored nail polish, to keep your fingernails from going icky yellow.
2. Treat yourself to a foot massage
Once again, foot rubs are the kind of thing best enjoyed when someone else is on the giving end. However, if there’s no one to call on, it’s no reason to go without them. If your feet have been tortured by those trendy, yet painful brand new wedges or heeled sandals, simply toss them off at the end of the day – and go get yourself a golf ball or a tennis ball. That’s right, they are all you need for a heavenly homemade foot massage. Rub the balls against the soles of your feet as you sit up comfortably in your favorite armchair. Inhale deeply, to make sure there is a lot of oxygen going in all the way to the ends of your toes. Make sure you treat sore or tense spots with all the attention they deserve.
3. Choose leisure
If you’ve read the above paragraph and shuddered at the thought of high heels and wedges, we may just have some good news for you. Flip flops are still very much in style this season and they don’t even need to look like your regular cheap plastic footwear. The best Reef flip flops out there actually come in leather and deep rich tones of brown, earthy roux and stylish beige. They can be worn to the beach or paired with your favorite summer sun dress. The best part: your feet won’t be hurting like crazy, after a getaway weekend, exploring all the urban secrets of your favorite destination abroad.
4. At the end of the day, relax
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, it’s impossible to avoid swollen or puffy feet. This is especially true in summer, when high temperatures, dehydration and longer hours spent partying will all take their toll on your legs and feet. If you also suffer from poor blood circulation in your lower body, then you definitely know what swollen legs look and feel like. The solution is as simple as a 15-minute soak at the end of the day, in ice-water. Kick back, enjoy, and don’t forget to enjoy your legs looking their best, once it’s all been said and done.