Summer is in full spring and so far it looks like the heat wave is here to stay forever. Or at least until October from what I’ve heard. I’m secretly praying that September has slightly more bearable temperatures. Don’t get me wrong, I live for sunny weather and summer, but 32 degrees every day in a country that’s not really prepared for it has not been very comfortable. It got to the point where I have to change my bra at least twice a day because boob sweat is real. Naturally, there is absolutely no way I can wear trainers or full shoes in this heat. For one, if I do and at the end of the day take my shoes off… let’s just say no one would like to stay anywhere near me thanks to my cheesy smelly feet. But if I want to wear sandals or flip flops it just adds another chore to my list which is to make my feet look presentable. And I’ve got enough chores on my list. So I’ve worked out a routine that’s quick and makes my feet feel looked after. Do you know how to look after your feet in this heat?
Choose the right footwear and avoid blisters
Thanks to my dad and his strength, I always had to have my laces done very tightly on my shoes or I’d start to cry. This kind of stayed with me for years because whenever I buy shoes I tend to go for the smaller size since it will probably stretch as I wear it. It never does. At least not as much as I thought it would. So a vast majority of my shoe wardrobe consisted of amazing footwear that would give me nothing else but constant pain and blisters. Was it worth it? Not really.
It’s really important to choose shoes that fit you the best and won’t squeeze your feet leaving them permanently squashed. Not only does it increase a chance of forming blisters but also can lead to fungal infections and even back and joint pain.
Don’t skip your shower
Feet, just like any other part of your body can produce sweat. In this heatwave in excessive amount. This often results in an unpleasant odour that can be difficult to get rid of. But even if your feet don’t seem to sweat or smell and I know there are some of you who are lucky enough to have been gifted with feet like that, it’s important to wash in between your toes every day. Who would forget to wash their feet, I hear you say. Well, apparently quite a lot of people. They don’t exactly forget to wash them, but just can’t be bothered to bend down in the shower so they let their feet soak with the water that drips down their body and that’s it.
I don’t exactly understand the logic behind it. If you’re one of those people – in this heatwave it may be a good idea to wash your feer properly at least every other day. Trust, you don’t want to be dealing with the aftermath of not washing the dirt properly.
Exfoliate and scrub
Working on your feet and walking barefoot can make the skin on your feet build up and go really hard. In my case so hard that it cracks and gets extremely painful. To make it less of a problem and avoid bleeding on your favourite pair of sandals it’s important to rub and scrub your feet on a regular basis. Exfoliating will remove any dead skin and excess oils and dirt that builds up over the day making your feet feel spanking new and smelling like a fresh meadow. Despite exfoliating, it’s a good idea to use a pumice stone or an electronic foot file like my Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Hard Skin Remover (It’s currently on offer on Amazon so check it out!). This will remove any hard skin making your feet feel like baby’s skin.
To not leave your feet raw after exfoliating and prone to soreness, don’t skip your moisturiser. The market is filled with different foot creams and serums and I surely tried a vast majority of them. My all-time favourite was recently replaced by Flexitol. I have been using their moisturising foot cream and hard skin and callus balm for over two months now and I am very happy with the results. It sinks in very quickly leaving my feet feeling soft and healthy.
Their products can be quite pricey for a foot cream but they do go a long way. But if it’s not something you’re interested in, I have been and will be a big fan of Scholl products as they really do know what they’re doing when it comes to foot care. Whatever you choose – make sure you always have a foot moisturiser on your bedside table.
Stay on top of your pedi
And I don’t necessarily mean go spend a small fortune to have your feet done (although do treat yourself to that as well every now and then). With all the resources available online and in shops you can have your own little nail salon and not get out from your bed at the same time. Pedi and Netflix anyone?
Doing your toenails definitely takes less time than doing your hands and you can layer up that nail varnish with your dominant hand so you avoid having to scrub the leftovers from your skin for the next 3 days. All you have to do to give your feet that extra boost is file your toenails to give them nice shape, slather them in a nail varnish of your choice and if necessarily pluck the toe hairs. I’m jealous if you don’t have any toe hairs. I’m confident I’m secretly a yeti by now.
Looked after feet can give you a big confidence boost when going out in sandals or pretty heels. It makes them look as though you spent ages trying to get the same feet as the girl from Schol advert (are they even real?) when in fact you spent around 30 minutes, maximum an hour and not even every day. Go on, look after your feet and make everyone jealous at the beach!
Until next time xx
How do you look after your feet?