Have you booked a holiday and are looking forward to relaxing on the beach but feel embarrassed by your feet? If you’re feeling a little self-conscious about hard skin, corns and calluses, and neglected toenails, there are plenty of easy and effective ways to get beach-ready feet. So unless you are planning to keep your feet covered up, read on for all the tips and tricks you need to get your feet ready for the beach in no time.
Five easy ways to get beach-ready feet
1. Exfoliating foot peel
Use an instant foot peel spray to get rid of calluses and any buildup of dead skin. Gently remove the remaining dead skin in circular motions with a foot file or pumice stone. Once you’re done, massage in some moisturiser.
2. Foot soak
A foot soak is one of the gentlest ways to get rid of dead skin and calluses. Fill a basin with warm water and add two tablespoons of Epsom salts or one-third of apple cider vinegar to make a foot soak.
Allow your feet to soak for 10 to 15 minutes, then use a pumice stone or foot file to gently exfoliate away any dead skin. Finish off with an intensive foot cream to lock in moisture and keep skin soft and supple.
3. Moisturise daily
Make sure you apply moisturiser daily. If you don’t have much time left before hitting the beach, try moisturising in the morning and before bed. This will help keep dry skin at bay and ensure your feet stay soft, smooth and looking fabulous.
4. Give yourself a pedicure
Nothing says beach-ready feet like pedicured toes! Carefully cut your nails using nail clippers or scissors, using three separate cuts. Be careful to cut in a straight line and gently round and file smooth the edges in one direction. This will help to prevent ingrown toenails.
Before applying nail polish, we recommend using toe separators. Set with a quick dry spray and wait 10 minutes before touching. (If you don’t like nail polish, use a nail buffer instead to give your toenails a shiny and smooth surface.)
5. Wear supportive shoes with socks
Prevent heel cracks and calluses by wearing supportive shoes with socks. Avoid heels and make sure sandals are not open backed; it’s best to save those flip flops for your hols!
With the right foot care products and some simple care at home, your feet will be beach ready in no time. Start off by treating any cracked heels and neglected nails. Then give your toes some extra love with a pedicure.
If you like to look tanned before exposing your skin on the beach, grab yourself some gradual tanning lotion. Not only will it moisturise and tan you in one go, but it tends to give a more natural, subtle golden glow than self tan — and it’ll show off that toe polish like nobody’s business. But make sure you massage in some intensive foot cream first — otherwise your feet might end up looking darker than the rest of you (the same goes for your hands, elbows and knees).
Finally, whether you’re hitting the beach or just spending time in the sun, remember sunscreen for those little piggies, as sunburn isn’t a good look! Plus, if you’re walking around a swimming pool or visiting a spa, always wear flip flops to prevent verrucas.
So pack your bags, put on your favourite sandals and enjoy being on the beach barefoot. After all, gorgeous feet are meant to be shown off!