Feet are one of the most used parts of our bodies and they’re often the most neglected, that’s why it’s really important to keep on-top of a regular footcare routine, our reusable moisturising socks will help to keep your feet feeling well-cared for.
We caught up with Shelagh Brayshaw our model at Pavers TV who has put together an easy step-by-step footcare guide just for you, plus plenty of insider tips on how she keeps her feet looking and feeling great.
Now more than ever, it’s really important to support small local businesses while their doors remain closed, so why not get in touch with your local salon to see if they are selling DIY pedicure kits to use at home? Not only the perfect excuse for refreshing your nail varnish collections with spring-ready colours but you’ll be using spa approved footcare products for a truly professional finish.
This footcare guide must be followed with caution, if you have underlying health issues you must seek expert advice from a podiatrist or chiropodist.
Step 1: Soak Your Feet
Remove any old nail polish and then fill a bowl with warm water and add a few drops of baby oil, let your feet soak for five to 10 minutes, this will help soften up any hard skin, plus it’s a great way to relax with your favourite book. If you’re in the mood for a full pamper, why not enjoy a warm soak in the bath and use a good foot scrub to gently exfoliate your skin.
Once you’ve finished soaking, carefully dry your feet one at a time.
Shelagh’s Tip: If you suffer from sore or sensitive feet, Epsom salts great to soothe and calm your feet (lavender is my favourite!)
Step 2: Shape Your Nails
Start to trim your nails with clippers and then use a nail file to gradually shape and round off any rough edged. Add a little cuticle oil around your nails and very gently push back your cuticles. If you feel any hard skin across your heel or toes use a foot file or pumice to smooth your skin, then use a specialist cream for treat any cracked or sore skin around the heel.
Shelagh’s Tip: Soak a little bit of cuticle oil into rough heels to help smooth and soften your skin.
Step 3: Moisturise and Massage
It wouldn’t be a pedicure without the foot massage! Apply a dollop of moisturiser into each of your feet, start with a small amount and gradually add more as you massage, don’t forget to work in between your toes!
Shelagh’s Tip: I love to use peppermint foot cream to keep my feet moisturised especially after a day on my feet! Peppermint not only has lots of hydrating benefits for your skin but will keep your feet feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Step 4: Prep Your Toes
Remove any excess oil or moisturiser on or around your nails with a cotton bud, this will help give a smooth appearance to any polish you apply. Use some toe separators to make it easier to paint your nails.
Shelagh’s Tip: I use twisted tissue as an alternative to toe separators, it’s a little easier and more comfortable to wear in between my toes.
Step 5: Paint Your Nails
Using a base coat will not only provide a protective barrier between the natural oils of your nails and the polish, but it will also give an even base for your chosen nail varnish.
When it comes to painting your nails, patience is key! Apply your polish in thin and even layers and build them up once they have dried. Finally finish with a glossy layer of top coat to prevent any pesky chips.
Shelagh’s Tip: If you’re struggling to reach your toes, use a chair to prop up your foot and use a towel to protect the surface from any spillages.
Step 6: And Relax
Your nails will take up to 30 minutes to fully dry, so best put up your feet and start shopping for the best styles to show off your DIY pedicure in all its glory. Here are a few of our all-new and favourite sandals to get you inspired and prepped for the sunshine (not long now!)
Shelagh’s Tip: Don’t put socks on for at least an hour to prevent any smudges!