While feet are often pampered and preened during the summer in prep for all the beach and BBQ activities, it’s easy to forget about your tootsies in the winter. But with party season fast approaching, it’s time to dig out those slinky heels and prepare to bare your feet! And as cracked heels aren’t exactly an LBD’s best accessory, we’ve got your complete guide on winter pedicures.
You might think working out will help you look good for all those parties, but it can also take its toll on your feet, particularly in winter when skin is at its driest.
“Cracked heels are caused by dry, hard skin at the edges of the heel being put under pressure which in turn causes the skin to crack and split. They are a sign that the skin is dehydrated so is therefore vulnerable to cracking when it is bent, stretched or put under pressure,” Michael Harrison Blount, lecturer in Podiatry at the University of Salford says.
In order to give yourself the perfect winter pedi at home, you need to start by removing all the tough skin and calluses. Scholl Hard Skin & Callus Express Treatment is a great place to start. The special formula gets skin nice and soft, which prepares it for easy removal with the provided spatula.
Another classic in the world of home pedicures is JML’s Ped Egg. It might look suspiciously like a cheese grater, but this handy device fits into the palm of your hand to remove tough skin from your feet. It also collects it in a little compartment to ensure there’s no mess.
You might think it’s best to remove dead skin after a soak, but it’s actually more effective to work with dry feet. If you want to add a luxurious touch to your home pedi, you can fill a bowl with warm water and essential oils afterwards. Leave feet in for ten minutes and then use a scrub such as The Body Shop’s Peppermint Soothing Foot Scrub to remove any last bits of dead skin.
Just like with your facial skincare routine, it’s important to moisturise your feet. It’s even better if you can get your hands on a cream containing keratin. It’s the hottest word in beauty right now and found in many hair products. Keratin helps you on your way to healthy hair, but also works wonders on skin cells, so reach for Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream Active Repair K+.
Now your feet are luxuriously soft, it’s time to think about painting your toenails! Hot this season are dark colours such as navy blue and oxblood. They’re shades that will complement most outfits and for a deep red we particularly like Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen. For dark blue, we like Nails Inc. Kabaret Polish, which also has a touch of shimmer.
Finally, it’s important to keep your feet protected while at the event itself. Scholl has a wide range of gel cushions for the heels and balls of your feet, which means you can go as crazy as you like on the dancefloor.
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