During winter we tend to forget about our poor old feet, which is fair enough when you are wearing all manner of boots, socks, slippers and closed in shoes, but come spring it is not OK to unleash your dry, cracked and nail polish chipped feet on the rest of the world. So before you slip on the sandals make sure you give your feet some TLC.
1) Remove all old nail polish with an acetone free nail polish remover.
2) Soak your feet in a bowl/foot spa for ten minutes. Add a handful of Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oils. Peppermint oil is great for tired feet and Jasmine oil really softens the skin.
3) Use an exfoliating scrub on your feet to remove excess skin.
4) If you have particularly dry feet, use a foot file or pumice stone to get rid of really dry patches.
5) Apply a moisturising foot cream, I am a big fan of the Neutrogena Foot Cream which delivers prompt relief for even seriously dry, rough feet. It also restores skin’s softness and helps keep dry patches from coming back.
6) Very gently use an orange stick or nail file to push your cuticles back. Don’t try to push them too far back or remove them completely- this is best left to a pro at the salon.
7) Clip your toenails straight across using clippers and file to smooth the edges.
8) Apply a base coat to the nail and let it dry.
9) Choose a bright spring colour; I love the new Orly Feel The Vibe collection.
10) Apply two coats of colour, making sure the polish dries in between. To get the perfect polish results: starting about .5mm away from the cuticle, paint one stripe up the middle of the nail, and then one stripe on either side of this to cover the nail without touching the skin at the edges.
11) Apply a top coat.
12) Use a cotton bud to remove any excess polish around the nail.