A large percentage of women obsess over shoes like no other fashion accessory known to man, but caring for the feet is just as important as that lavish pair of Jimmy Choos we slip them into. Coarse, callused feet sans pedicure enveloped in this season’s most coveted purple lattice Manolo Blahnik pumps? A major fashion AND beauty faux pas. Feet and toenails that look unkempt are also a major turn off, projecting a less-than-flattering image. So don’t neglect your feet—just as you keep the skin and nails on your hands looking clean, smooth and coiffed, treat your feet to a little pampering fit for that pair of designer heels you can’t wait to put on.
Start by ensuring your feet, soles and space in between your toes are super clean and hydrated. Feet happen to be a carrier for a slew of bacteria and germs that love to hitch a ride on your soles, be it when walking on bare feet or inside your worn-in shoes, so give them a good scrub down. Work a little foot cleaning session into your usual shower routine – pay extra attention by lathering feet with shower cream and using a nail brush to brush toes and the space between each toe. Do it when you shower every day, and you’ll find your feet looking super clean and hydrated. Apply a foot moisturiser post-showering on a daily basis.
For toenails, grubby, long nails are nasty so in between pedicures, keep them short and neat. Nail polish comes off within 1 week of application to avoid yellow or sallow-looking nails. If your nails look naturally dark or unhealthy, avoid using dark-coloured nail polish completely as this really darkens the toenail. When scrubbing your feet in the shower, allow warm water to soak your toenails for at least 10 to 15 minutes, then dip the nail brush into a bowl of lemon juice mixed with baking soda and scrub over and under the white part of each nail to whiten and remove any dirt or buildup. And for that clean, polished look, apply clear nail polish (a shiny top coat or nail strengthener) that protects nails and gives them a clean, prepped look.