Sandal season is officially upon us! Are your feet ready?
Summer can be especially tough on feet. Sandals keep them exposed to the elements, and skin can become really rough and cracked. Maintaining the look and feel of your feet is much more than an aesthetic issue. Dry skin can build up and evolve into painful calluses, and rough cuticles can become hangnails. Click through the slideshow for 10 products and tools that can help keep your feet healthy and pretty all summer long.
11 Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy and Sandal-Ready This Summer 1 of 12
The Body Shop Wooden Foot File, $8 2 of 12
A foot file is great to use on rough, dry heels. I prefer to use mine when my feet are dry prior to a shower or before slathering on lotion at night.
Get this wooden file at The Body Shop.
Boots Botanic Foot Soak, $4.97 3 of 12
A foot soak can be a relaxing treat and is really helpful prior to sloughing off dead skin cells or removing cuticles. The Dead Sea salt in this formula cleanses and softens feet while centella extract increases circulation.
Order it at Boots.
Microplane Colossal Pedicure Foot Rasp, $14.23 4 of 12
Stash a foot rasp in the shower, where you'll be more likely to squeeze in a quick exfoliation of your heels or any other dry patches. I like a nice metal one for wet exfoliation for maximum sloughing.
Available on Amazon.
CND Marine Salt Scrub, $21.75 5 of 12
Another great item to keep in your shower is a foot scrub. While a foot file or rasp will remove dead skin cells from a particular area, scrubs are excellent for all-over exfoliation. This Marine Salt Scrub from CND softens with minerals, sea salt, and sunflower oil.
Pick it up at Bodywork Mall.
Be Natural Dry Heel Eliminator, $5.70 6 of 12
I honestly would be devastated if this amazing foot lotion went off the market. I have tried a lot of foot lotions and this one is by far the best. It penetrates deeply and is so effective it's recommended for diabetics who are at high risk of developing foot problems. Apply this lotion after soaking or exfoliating in the shower for the best results.
Available on Amazon.
Be Natural Callus Remover, $8.30 7 of 12
Like Dry Heel Eliminator, this amazing callus remover is a bit of an industry secret. Calluses (and corns) are the result of thickened layers of skin caused by friction. Sure, they can be unattractive, but they are also really painful if you let them go. This callus remover is the real deal. It really, really works.
Found on Amazon.
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, $6.99 8 of 12
I've always used Sally Hansen cuticle remover at home, and it works like a charm. Simply apply around the base of your nail, wait 15 seconds, and use a cuticle pusher to gently push back dead skin cells.
Pick it up at Walgreens.
Mehaz Cuticle Pusher, $19.99 9 of 12
A really great, salon-quality cuticle pusher is well worth the investment. It will last you a lifetime and can be used on fingers and toes.
Buy it on Folica.
Seki Edge Jaw Cuticle Nipper, $27.95 10 of 12
If you are going to nip your cuticles, be careful! Only nip away hangnails and loose cuticles, and never clip too deeply. Also, be sure you have a high-quality tool like this Seki nipper. As with the cuticle pusher, it's well worth the investment for effectiveness and safety.
Available on Soap.
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, $8 11 of 12
Nourishing dry cuticles is essential for preventing hangnails and keeping toes looking great. I love Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream as an organic option but most often opt for the ease of cuticle oil like this one from Essie. Just swipe the polish-like applicator across cuticles and you're done. Cuticle oil is especially important after using a cuticle remover.
Pick it up at CVS.
Gel-Lined Moisturizing Socks, $19.99 12 of 12
These unique socks are infused with moisturizing ingredients like jojoba, grapeseed, and olive oils as well as vitamin E. Wear overnight for softer feet in the morning. While these socks are especially softening, wearing any socks over moisturizer at night will help to repair damage done in the daytime.
Found on Foot Smart.