The relationship with my feet has always been lukewarm at best – they’re small and square, always dry and stubborn when it comes to footwear (hello blisters).
Pedicures are, of course, paramount for party ready feet, but what if you are between treatments and have less than 24 hours to fix your feet? This was my dilemma.
Now I’m not about to give you directions on home pedicures because firstly, I suck at them and secondly, I think some things are best left to the professionals. Cutting your nails incorrectly can lead to ingrown toenails and that’s just nasty (I say that from experience!).
But there are some easy steps you can take in the comfort of your own home, to keep your feet looking fresh. My foot care essentials:
1. Foot Soaks
Soak your feet in warm water, with a dash of Peppermint oil, for 20 minutes – you can’t beat that minty fresh feeling when the cold air hits your warm feet after a nice soak. Other faves include adding Epsom Salts and Lemon Tea Tree for an anti-fungal soak or Lavender oil for relaxation. Keep a jug of hot water to keep topping up the bowl if the water is going cold.
2. Foot Scrubs
In the shower, I use a DIY foot scrub made of coconut oil, coarse sea salt, and a couple of drops of peppermint oil, for an invigorating hit.
3. Foot Brushes / Loofah
My newest addition to the bathroom is this all natural Sisal foot brush, handmade in Sri Lanka. Sisal is very rough to touch when dry but softens beautifully in warm water, making it the perfect exfoliate. It’s biodegradable too! I use this to work the DIY scrub into my hard skin.
My favourite Aesop moisturiser for winter is this Tangerine, Sandalwood and Vanilla balm – it smells good enough to eat! After showering I apply a generous layer all over my feet, whilst they are still damp (for better absorption) and then I pop on some socks to let it soak in.
5. Blister Bandages
I always carry blister bandages in my handbag, unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how well designed a shoe is, my odd shaped feet always get blisters.
1. Peep toes always rub against my big toe on my right foot (it must be fatter than my left!) and if I use a band-aid/plaster, it covers my freshly painted toenail and looks hideously obvious.
2. Flats and ballet shoes always rub my ankle causing a nasty blister.
The timing could not have been any more perfect when help arrived from my new friends Nexcare Waterproof Blister Bandages. Nexcare have released a line of tough bandages that claim to be long lasting. Being cynical by nature, I did not believe them, so they kindly sent me some to test out.
The blister bandages are transparent with a gel pad cushion at the centre to cover and protect the blister. I wore one on the back of my ankle, with my new flats, for a day trip to Melbourne CBD.
I was amazed, not only did the bandage stay put all day, it stayed on even after showering!
The second test was on the cutout heels; the transparency of the bandage meant I could wrap my big toe to protect it from the rubbing caused by the peep toe, without it ruining my nail polish (or street cred… ahem). Can you spot the bandages?!
So from foot soak to bandages, in less than an hour my feet were ready to party.
Unfortunately, I caught my bulldog chewing on my new heel so they never made it out to party after all. I wonder if Wittner has a spare right shoe? Might be worth an ask!
Enjoy your weekend
Disclaimer: This post on foot care has been in the pipeline for a long time, whilst Nexcare’s PR team were kind enough to contact me and provide free Blister Bandage samples, this post was not sponsored and no remuneration was received. Therefore, these bandages really were tried & tested….I only share the things I genuinely love!