Your essential guide to getting softer feet and slimmer legs for party dress season!
Prep with a pumice
Cracked heels can quite literally be the Achilles’ heel of an otherwise polished party ensemble: Fissures around the heel are a sure sign of dehydrated skin under duress. Prolonged pressure from ill-fitting shoes with little arch support can even cause what some podiatrists call “pump bumps” – a memorable moniker for monstrous mounds of callus build-up.
The first course of action when it comes to counteracting cracked heels is to slough off scaly skin. Interestingly, some foot fans swear by removing dead skin on dry soles, even though conventional wisdom has it that a good long soak will loosen up the nasty stuff for easier removal. Experiment by doing it dry and wet to see which exfoliating method suits you best.
The only implements to have on hand (and foot)? A pliable pumice stone, which functions much like an emery board to file off fibrous flakes. Easy!
Tip: If your calluses have begun to resemble crusty oyster shells, it may be easier to “shuck” them dry. Get off as much as you can using your pumice, then step into the shower for a final scouring with a wash-off scrub, such as the toe-tingling Peppermint Soothing Foot Scrub from The Body Shop.
Now that there’s no more rough stuff sticking to your shins, it’s time to veil them in an invisible sock of moisture. Prime your fresh feet for a night out with a booster shot of hydration.
Zero in on Zero in on de-puffing products like Clarins’ Body Shaping Cream; the cellulite-targeting treatment comes with an invigorating shot of caffeine, a hero ingredient most beauty junkies will recognise as being great for banishing bloatedness and warding off water retention. Remember to rub it in well and good so that there’s no excess cream that might stain your Stuart Weitzmans!
Finally, if you know you’re up for a night of frolicking and foxtrotting, it’s best to buffer your feet by buttressing them with pressure-absorbing pads. Scholl has a nifty selection of clear gel cushions that provide an invisible pillow for the ball of your feet.
Now that you’re prepared to bare all in your strappy summer sandals, put your best foot forward – and make that special someone’s toes curl in the best way possible. Break a leg, ladies!