Unless you live somewhere with an amazing climate all year round, the chances are you’re currently living in thick socks and boots, which puts keeping your feet in great condition very low on your list of priorities. However, we often hear from our customers that they do zero foot care all winter and end up with feet like a Hobbit by the Spring, which is when we want to look good in sandals! Here at Pure Beauty, we advocate taking care of your feet all year round so that it’s not a mad rush as soon as the first daffodil appears, and here are a few of the things we do:
Sitting with your feet in a bowl of water might not be your idea of fun, but at least once a week you should try to swap your daily shower for a bath. The warm water will help to soften the hard skin, and adding some Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath (which is designed to make the skin soft and supple) will give you extra softening power, especially if you have a lot of hard skin.
There are a number of different products out there which are designed to scrape the hard skin off of your feet once you’ve softened them and they all do a pretty decent job, but ensuring you do it on a regular basis is key to making sure you really keep the hard skin at bay. Concentrate on your heels, the balls of your feet and the sides of your big toes as this is where hard skin most commonly forms.
Adding moisture to your feet is absolutely essential for keeping the skin supple, which is why you should be using Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream every time you have a bath or shower. It’s a rich cream which melts beautifully into the skin, smoothing and hydrating rough dry areas. It will help to keep your feet hydrated which, in turn, will prevent more hard skin from forming.
This might seem like an odd one, but when was the last time you had your feet measured? We’re betting it was when you were a child, but wearing shoes in the wrong size can contribute to blisters, callouses, corns and all sorts of other foot issues. Opt for a reputable shoe shop which measures both length AND width to ensure that your feet are being properly supported at all times.
Another thing which contributes to hard skin is walking around with bare feet. The more contact your feet have with hard surfaces, the more they’re likely to form a hard layer as protection. When you’re at home, wear a decent pair of slippers with a good sole, or at the very least wear a pair of non-slip socks to give a little bit of padding between you and the floor.