Are Your Feet Ready For Sandal Season?
The never-ending winter we’d been having here in Utah seemed to switch to summer overnight, and while my heart was certainly ready, the question of whether my feet are ready for summer is another matter entirely. When my feet are constantly bundled up in socks and boots, it’s easy to neglect them, but sandal season is as good an excuse as any to give my feet some TLC.
If you’ve also been wondering how to get your feet ready for summer, you’re in the right place! In this post, you’ll find easy and effective tips that will help you maintain soft, pretty feet throughout sandal season!
9 Tips That Will Get Your Feet Ready For Summer
1. Fix Dry Skin
Whether you’re dealing with dryness, calluses, or just want your feet to be as soft as possible, there are plenty of options for softening the skin on your feet! Here are some of my favorites:
- My favorite cream for really dry skin – When I really need help with dry skin, this urea cream is my go-to remedy for intensive healing and softening.
- Store-bought exfoliating foot peel – This simple treatment helps shed those tough, dry outer layers of skin until your left with baby-soft feet. (Note that the peeling process can last up to three weeks.)
- DIY foot peel – Crushed aspirin plays a starring role in this homemade foot peel treatment that helps get rid of dry, dead skin.
- Listerine foot soak – This is a simple solution that you likely already have the ingredients for!
- Lemon hack for heels – If your heels need the most attention, this treatment is a great option.
- DIY heel repair stick – This homemade concoction of coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E is easy to swipe on dry, cracked heels, whether at bedtime or throughout the day.
- Exfoliating salt scrub – Once you’ve gotten rid of all the rough, cracked skin, this salt scrub will help you maintain soft feet throughout the summer!
2. Treat Your Cuticles
Now that your feet are soft, it’s time to address those toenails. Before you start, combine 1 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil and 5 drops of lavender oil in the palm of your hand, then rub it into the cuticles around your toenails. Wait about 5 minutes before using a wooden cuticle stick to push back your softened cuticles.
Whether you prefer to go the DIY route or splurge on a professional pedi, here’s a quick tip for picking the right color for your toes. Bright colors (think neon) can make you look more tan — that’s why I usually go for a bright coral or pink during the summer!
4. Sleep In Socks
There are a lot of benefits to sleeping with socks on, not least of which is allowing creams and lotions to work their magic on your feet without getting your sheets all greasy. If it’s too hot for socks, make a pair of “summer socks” by snipping the toe section off of an old pair of socks. Your toes will be free to breathe while still keeping creams or lotions contained — it’s a win-win!
5. Choose Shoes Carefully
Wearing the wrong shoes can lead to blisters, callouses, bunions, and other unfortunate foot-related circumstances. Here are a couple of tips for choosing feet-friendly shoes:
- Avoid the worst shoes for your feet.
- Check out styles from the best brands for comfortable shoes, as chosen by OGT readers.
6. Avoid Going Barefoot
As much as it pains me to say it, going barefoot just isn’t worth it! In addition to exposing your feet to dirt, germs, and potential injuries, walking around without shoes will make your feet dry and rough in a hurry. (And that’s not to mention the risks associated with hot sidewalks and pavement!)
Take care of your feet by keeping them covered this summer. And be sure to pack a pair of lightweight slides or sandals if you’re going into any public showers, pools, or locker rooms!
7. Treat Blisters Right Away
Nothing will put a damper on a nice summer hike like getting a painful blister! Learn how to prevent and treat blisters and keep some simple first aid supplies with you, just in case.
8. Keep Your Feet Dry
If your feet are perpetually damp due to sweat or water, it can lead to a variety of problems, like fungal or bacterial growth and athlete’s foot. To help keep your feet dry, wear moisture-wicking socks with your shoes.
You can also apply a bit of cornstarch or foot powder to your feet before you don your socks to help prevent moisture issues and odor. If your shoes get wet, take them off as soon as you can to give your feet a chance to dry off.
9. Don’t Forget Sunscreen!
All sunburns feel bad, but sunburnt feet is a whole other can of worms you do not want to open! So before you slip on your sandals or go for that long walk on the beach, be sure to apply sunscreen to your feet. (If you want that golden tan to compliment your toenail polish, use a gradual tanning lotion, and massage it in carefully to avoid blotches.)
What other tips would you add to this list?