It’s nearly summertime. The temperature’s about to get warmer. That means it’s time to pack away those heavy boots, knee-high socks, and thermals and dust off the flip-flops you were hiding at the back of your closet. Neglected winter feet are sometimes not a pretty sight, but that doesn’t need to make your toes curl!
With these helpful tips, you won’t have to put up with rough winter feet and your summer foot care routine will be refreshed. They’ll be looking and feeling years younger in no time at all!
Nail polish can be a fun way to express yourself, but it can also be damaging to your nails over time. Long-term use of nail polish can severely dehydrate and damage your nails. Instead, bring back some hydration and nail nourishment with a nail and cuticle oil.
It’s always a good idea to use a basecoat when painting your nails, especially if you want to paint your nails with nail polish. This will prevent discolouration and give a glossy finish. Nudes, neutrals and neons are trending this season, be sure to seal them with a topcoat to maintain the quality of the design.
When cutting your nails, use nail clippers and file them into their natural shape with a glass nail file. Be sure not to cut your nails in to a curved shape or too short, as this can lead to ingrown toenails.
Believe it or not, hard skin on your feet can actually be caused by the way you walk! Using a foot file on dry skin can remove hard skin quickly and efficiently. Follow this by using an exfoliator on the soles of your feet to amplify the effects.
Furthermore, soaking your feet in warm water with fresh lemon and mint will revitalise them and make them feel smoother and relaxed. You should follow with a soothing moisturiser, be sure not to apply to moisturiser to the area between your toes as moisture can build up here and lead to a fungal infection.
Moisturising is essential for the health and wellbeing of your feet. It not only ensures that they are hydrated and nourished but also that they are noticeably softer and less at risk for cracks or hard skin.
One of the number one causes of foot pain is flip-flops and flat shoes that offer no ankle and arch support. Flip-flops and sandals are okay for short periods of time, but try not to wear them for extended periods. To avoid pain caused by your footwear, ensure you choose shoes with cushioned soles and ankle support and make sure they’re wide and deep enough to provide extra comfort and protection against pain. Always measure your feet before buying new footwear to ensure your feet are still the same size.
Not many people think about protecting their feet from the summer sun. Most of our skin is susceptible to the sun’s rays — face, arms, legs, etc. — but your feet are particularly vulnerable. Many forms of skin cancer are just as likely to form on the feet as well as other places on the body; your feet, however, are especially susceptible because they are not often exposed to the sun. You should always use sunscreen on your feet this summer!
If you are struggling with foot care on your own or just need some extra professional assistance. Book an appointment with us, we will be happy to help! We can provide expert foot care here in Glasgow and will be happy to help you feel more confident and look beautiful in your feet this summer.
*This blog contains general information about medical conditions and is not advice. You must not rely upon the information in this blog as medical advice. Medical advice should always be sought from an appropriately qualified podiatrist such as ourselves.