How to Get Your Feet Summer Ready

What springs to mind when you hear “summer ready”? For some it might be a radiant, sun-kissed complexion. Others may think of silky smooth arms and legs. One body part that doesn’t come to the forefront of our minds when getting summer ready however, is our feet. Although, the feet may actually be the body part that requires the most preparation. After months of hiding inside fluffy socks and thick boots, the transition to flip-flops and sandals is not an easy one. Cracked heels and rough edges can be unsuspecting knocks of confidence when the time comes for your feet to be exposed. During those summer months, we want smooth, supple, and sun-kissed skin all-over.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about how to get your feet summer ready.

woman applying foot cream

Remove dead skin from feet

We have learned that how often the body should be exfoliated is not just limited to summer. In fact, it’s been said time and time again that it’s especially important to keep the body’s skin hydrated and refreshed during those cold winter months. Chilly temperatures mean a sudden drop in humidity levels outside. This along with dry, indoor heating and long, hot showers is a recipe for rough, dehydrated skin. We combat this by exfoliating away the dead skin on our arms, elbows, legs and other reachable areas. The part we often leave out, however, is removing dead skin from our feet.

According to Medical News Today, the feet have fewer oil glands than the rest of the body. This combined with the wear and tear of winter boots means that the feet are more prone to gathering rough, dead skin.

exfoliating feet tip

So, the first step to get your feet summer ready is to remove the dead skin that has accumulated around the edges of the feet. Soak your feet in a warm bath with Epsom Salt for fifteen to twenty minutes. This soak will soften and loosen the old skin cells and make them easier to budge.

Prepped and ready, it’s time to remove the dead skin from the feet. Using a loofah, buffer, or any sort of foot file, gently rub against the tough edges. This may feel uncomfortable, especially if you’re ticklish on the feet. Don’t scrub too hard and remember that the skin on your feet is naturally thicker than the rest of the body. Don’t expect the same level of smoothness as the skin on the arms or legs.

Use a dry foot treatment

Now that the bulk of the dead skin cells have been loosened and stimulated to get moving, the next step to get the feet summer ready is to soften and smooth any stubborn areas with a dry foot treatment. This is the finishing touch to zap moisture back into the skin and help clear the feet of any remaining hard areas, dryness, and cracks in the skin.

AMELIORATE’s Intensive Foot Therapy helps to target these tricky areas and provide a smooth, soft base for the feet. The unique LaH6 Skin Hydration Complex is a combination of further exfoliating Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), moisture-binding humectants and protective emollients to tackle dry, dehydrated, dull skin. This combined with a blend of Shea Butter, Glycerine and Jojoba Oil works to soften and enhance the skin’s elasticity while intensely moisturising.

In independent tests carried out on 51 people with very dry, rough, thickened feet and cracked heels, 94% agreed that this dry foot treatment improved the texture of their feet while 100% agreed that the product left their feet feeling moisturised. Simply massage the treatment onto the feet and heels twice a day for 14 days. Apply the dry foot treatment at night before bed, putting on a pair of cotton socks to hold it into place. Allow it to work while you sleep and reapply in the morning.

As this product contains AHAs which may increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, don’t forget to apply a sunscreen for full protection.

How to keep your feet hydrated

Now that the feet are soft, smooth and ready to see the sun, it’s important to maintain their condition. In the summer, the feet can dry out quickly. According to Sole Motion Podiatry, this is partially due to the footwear that comes with warm weather. When we wear sandals and flip-flops, our feet may be able to breathe but are completely unprotected by the elements, so “the risk of dryness and cracked heels skyrockets.” So you may be wondering, how can I possibly keep my feet hydrated in these conditions?

That’s why it’s important to include the feet when massaging a body lotion onto the skin on a day-to-day basis. For a body lotion that multi-functions as a hydrator and exfoliator, try the AMELIORATE Transforming Body Lotion Illuminating Glow Formula. Not only does this lotion provide the skin with intense moisture and refresh skin cells, with pearl particles to give your body an instant holiday glow, your feet will be kept hydrated and summer ready all year round.

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Josie Wilkins

Josie Wilkins

Writer and expert

Josie is an Online Beauty Editor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her passions involve all things skincare and beauty and in her free time she likes to travel, read and get her beauty sleep.