Are your summer feet ready? As we can safely say that summer weather is here (yes, even in Luxembourg, because it’s over 20 degrees and rather sunny), that means sandal season is in full swing! This sound exciting, but when I think of my feet that have been hidden for 9 months in a row in boots, flats and high heeled shoes, I cringe. Because that is months of not proper feet and nail care (I do take care of my feet but not as thorough as in summer). So, in order to achieve sandal season worthy feet, here are the steps that I am taking!
Prepare for pedicure
Remove all the left over nail polish and apply some lemon juice over the nails, to brighten them up. Put a foot cream over night to hydrate your skin and nails. I would either buy one from Sephora or have a home made one (coconut oil galore and socks on top)
Next day you can take a bath or just soak your feet for 20 minutes or so in warm water and a few drops of essential oil. You can remove the dead skin on your heel and balls of the feet with a foot file, while you are still wet. Or, in my case, pat the feet dry and remove the dead skin using the Scholl foot exfoliator.
As your feet are already soft from having soaked in water, you can take care of the cuticles and push them back. If there is too much skin, you can gently trim it with cuticle nippers or a nail scissors. This is also a great moment to trim your nail – be gentle, as they will be super soft. Have them cut in a square shape and gently file the corners. You can also use a buff to gently clean under the nails.
After your feet and nails are prepped and all clean, you can go on applying nail polish! If you are using normal nail polish, make sure you apply a base coat first, and a top coat at the very end. I know that nail polish lasts on toes way longer than on hands (why though !!), but base and top coat are still needed to keep that shine!
If you are going for semi-permanent nail polish (my case), make sure you follow the instructions on the kit; file the top of the nails beforehand, and then using very thin layers of nail polish.
After all this, you pamper your feet with another diy mask – mix 4 tbs of honey with 2 drops of lemon juice and ¼ cup of sour cream. Let it for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Pat them dry and you’re done!
What are your tips on preparing your summer feet?