Get your Feet Summer Ready!
There's nothing worse than enduring dry, cracked heels in the summertime is there? With a little DIY, you won't have to!
Summer is time for bare feet and sandals! Keeping feet gorgeous looking while being exposed all summer can be challenging. Especially when you're driving around town like this :)
I read A lot of articles about how to heal dry, cracked heels. Quite possible TOO much information as well as way too many photos, yuck. Dry, cracked heels are not a pretty sight but, with a little effort none of us have to present our feet to the world in that condition.
The first step is to soak your feet for 20 to 30 minutes in warm water, a big bowl will do.
To your foot soak, add either 1 cup of epsom salt OR 4 tablespoons oatmeal OR even one cup of milk. A few drops of a lovely scented essential oil would be nice too, but not necessary.
After soaking your feet they should be soft and pliable, a good time to scrub your heels to remove as much dead skin as possible. If your heels are severely cracked, they may have embedded dirt, this process will help remove that.
Gardeners, you know what I'm talking about here...
Not wise to garden in flip flops, but hey...that's what pedicures are for.
After heels are nicely scrubbed and clean, pat them dry and with a heel buffer like this one in the photo, or Pedi-egg or even an emery board, go back and forth on dry areas to remove the dry, dead skin. I love this part!
Once completed, rinse your feet and pat dry.
Next step is important...if faithful...you'll be flip flop ready all summer long!
After your heels are soaked, scrubbed and rubbed you need to lock in all that moisture! Several are options are readily available.
DIY Gardeners Salve: Camp Wander's favorite!
Petroleum (free) jelly: Please think twice about using anything with petroleum products in it. Here's a great DIY how-to link from my sister's blog that shows you how to make your own petroleum free jelly: One Good Thing by Jillee!
These DIY choices are great, but you can use any oil based moisturizers in a pinch, even olive oil!
I LOVE this idea!
If you take the time to moisturize your heels and cover them at night several times a week you will be amazed at how soft your heels will stay despite the flip flop (yay!) wearing season.
Enjoy your day, pamper your feet & grab a bowl of ice cream while you're at it!