Aisling Keenan: Best foot forward
Get your feet out of hibernation and show them a little TLC, says Aisling Keenan
Your beauty regime shouldn't be confined to your face. Looking after your wrinkles, your décolletage and your hands is great -- we all know they show the signs of ageing first.
But what happens when flip-flop weather rolls around and you reveal your neglected feet to the world?
They're probably one of the most used and abused parts of your body. Ladies in particular put their feet through all kinds of suffering -- those stilettos might look amazing, but your toes going numb after five minutes of walking in them can't be good for their health.
Set aside a half an hour one evening this week and give your feet a treat.
Ped Egg, €11.99, www.jmldirect.com and Boots stores nationwide.
Getting rid of hard skin that builds up on your heels and the balls of your feet can instantly make your feet look and feel as if they’re well taken care of. We’ve all seen the ad for it, but really, a Ped Egg is a great investment for keeping your feet hard-skin free.
This is for the really hard stuff only — don’t go overboard with it. It should really be used only once every couple of weeks.
Soap & Glory Foot Buffer, approx €10, bigger Boots stores, Beyond Beauty at Harvey Nichols and Asos.com. For a general smoothing of your feet and for getting in between your toes, a foot buffer is the best thing. It has a handle, which makes buffing miles easier.
Make sure you rinse it after you use it. Rub some lemon juice over your foot before you buff, as it makes it easier for the dead skin to come away.
Party Feet Ultra Slim, from €7, department stores and pharmacies nationwide. Now that you’ve got your feet in shape, make sure you don’t go back to your old toetorturing ways. If you’re a high-heel devotee, get yourself a pair of those little gel pads.
The phrase ‘killer heels’ no longer has to be taken literally.
Soap & Glory Heel Genius, €6.76, bigger Boots stores, Beyond Beauty at Harvey Nichols and Asos.com. Rough cuticles, dry patches and cracked skin are not what you want to see when you slip on your open-toe heels. Use a good foot cream to keep feet moisturised and smooth all year round.
The classic trick is to moisturise your feet before you go to bed, and after applying a good slather, slip on a pair of cotton socks to let the cream really soak in overnight.
Avon Foot Works Pomegranate Chocolate Soothing Foot Soak, €6.75, find your local Avon representative at www.avon.ie. After you’ve got the hard skin and roughness under control, spend a few minutes soaking your feet. Fill a basin with warm water and throw in a foot-soaking cream. The best part about this is that you can sit back and relax in front of the TV while your feet soften.
This will soothe and relax tired feet, leaving them refreshed and deodorised.