Feeling the fear about revealing your feet? Fix dry skin, cracked heels and neglected nails with these pedicure products
Let’s face it, feet even at the best of times are not the most glamorous of body parts, and ‘the best of times’ is definitely not when they’ve been hidden away without so much as a ‘home pedicure’, in thick socks and boots for six months and counting.
Ask your friends what they don’t like about their feet and you’ll be chatting all day. Dry, cracked skin is one of the biggest causes of foot-flashing fear. When you consider that the heels and balls of your feet spend all day rubbing back and forth against shoes while supporting your entire bodyweight, it’s really no surprise that hard areas build up pretty fast.
Raggedy nails with the remnants of last year’s pedicure are a dead giveaway that your feet haven’t seen daylight for a while, but it’s easier and faster than you might think to change all that, and we’ve got the best home pedicure products to whip your feet into shape, fast.
Amazing and, well, icky in equal measure, Footner’s disposable plastic socks will do away with dry skin and require zero effort. Simply soak feet in warm water, pop them on for an hour while you watch TV, remove and wait… within the next week or so all the hard skin will peel and flake away, leaving super-soft feet beneath.
Scholl Pedi has many devoted users, and it’s easy to see why. Basically, it’s a power sander for your feet, which makes light work of even the hardest build up on heels and soles. This new version has diamond particles in it for extra buffing power, and, lets face it, most of us need all the help we can get in that area!
This is kind of like a facial for your feet, from nail guru Leighton Denny. Rub onto the heel and ball of damp feet, massage and enjoy the tingling sensation then add water to transform it into a milky nourishing oil. Rinse off for feet that feel super-smooth and smell friendlier than they have in months.
Now you’ve scrubbed and buffed it’s time to start the lovely pampering bit, and Foot Relief is everything for tired hot toes. This soothing, cooling cream smells like gorgeous lavender and rosemary, instantly softens with jojoba, and can even be massaged into legs to put an instant spring in your step.
Toenail cuticles need some love too! And we can’t think of a more loving product than Decléor Aromessence Ongles. This mini bottle might seem kind of pricy, but that’s pure essential oils you’re getting for your investment and a little goes a very long way – massage a drop into toe and fingernails daily to prevent raggedy cuticles and help healthy growth.
Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Nipper is so handy, quick and easy to use it’s hard not to get carried away – but resist! Only use it to quickly clip away any of those ‘sticking up’ bits of dry skin or cuticle that hang around beside nails making them look untidy. It has a tiny, precise head and comes in a Tools Of The Trade set with an angled cuticle pusher too.
There is something particularly gruesome about a yellowing toenail, but it’s easily fixed! For a truly DIY treatment, rub on a dash of lemon juice with a cotton pad. Or, for instant results, you can use an optical brightener like Mava-White, either on it’s own or under your polish.
It’s always a happy season when the on-trend colours are also the ones that everyone actually wants to wear – reds, nudes and pinks – so give these flattering SS15 shades a spin. Ciate Pom Pom Paint Pot, £6.75, Jessica Custom Nail Colour in Cleopatra’s Rule, £10.50, and Rita Ora for Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Let’s Get Nude, £3.69