Summer is sandal season. After months of being hidden and forgotten under layers of socks and shoes, it’s finally time for feet to shine! But how do you keep feet sandal-pretty when the mere act of walking around barefoot can lead to dry skin, rough heels and cracked calluses? Here are easy tips for daily maintenance and weekly deep treatments that will keep your feet glamorous without costly salon visits.
Daily Maintenance Tip #1: Buff feet
Invest in a good buffer to give heels a daily smoothing treatment on dry skin that takes only a minute. This daily step will do wonders for keeping callus from building up in the first place. Do this anytime of the day, or if you can, right before you take a shower or bath. Bliss Diamancel #10 Classic Buffer works for normal feet. Bliss Diamancel #11 Tough Buffer will help with rough feet and thicker calluses.
Daily Maintenance Tip #2: Scrub away dirt and dead skin cells
Use a scrub in the shower to further smooth heels, remove dirt and dulling dead skin cells from all over your feet. JUARA Invigorating Coffee Scrub cleanses and exfoliates in one convenient application. Plus coffee has the nice side effect of removing unpleasant odor from feet.
Daily Maintenance Tip #3: Moisturize feet
Right after getting out of the shower, slather on a rich cream like JUARA Candlenut Body Creme all over your feet, focusing on the rough areas and giving your feet a nice massage in the process. Don’t forget your toes, nails and cuticles, which tend to get dry and hard when you are barefoot.
Daily Maintenance Tip #4: Sleep with socks on
Slip on a pair of cotton socks after applying cream. Not only will this stop your feet from spreading the cream all over your floor, but this will actually help the skin absorb the cream, especially if worn over night. Result: Baby-soft feet the next morning.
Daily Maintenance Tip #5: Don’t forget sunscreen
Not protecting your feet from the sun will lead to dry, leathery skin in the long run and worst case, skin cancer. To minimize sun damage and avoid unsightly tan lines from sandal straps, apply a broad spectrum UVA/B sunscreen such as La Roche Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer with SPF15.
Weekly Deep Treatment #1: Relaxing Foot Soak
Once a week, after buffing your heels, spoil your feet with a relaxing soak that will soften skin and relieve achy muscles. For an extra treat, add a bath gel like JUARA Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath & Shower Gel to soothe skin with antioxidant rich tea extracts and relax your senses with the scent of jasmine and tropical flowers.
Weekly Deep Treatment #2: Give your feet a peel!
To turn even the most stubborn calluses into baby-soft skin, apply Glytone Ultra Heel & Elbow Cream once every 1-2 weeks. Formulated with an extra high dose of glycolic acid, this will soften even thick calluses and remove rough skin. Just apply after taking a shower or bath and slip on a pair of socks before going to bed.
Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo is the co-founder of Juara Skincare