Before you even think about rolling up your jeans to show some mankle –let alone wear shorts and sandals, Gentlemen, I urge you to first regard the state of your feet. Chances are, you’re going to need to take these steps as a matter of public decency:
- Trim your Toenails Straight Across – If this is news to you, then frankly, getting your feet summer ready is the least of your problems.
- Exfoliate – Whether you do this with scrubs or a loofah (or ideally both) – don’t neglect any dry areas on your legs and knees. Pumice stones are ideal for removing any hard skin on your feet, but don’t use too often as friction is counter-intuitive and causes more buildup. Step 3 prevents this.
- Moisturise – It’s worth it to use a dedicated foot cream. What you put on your face will not suffice. Don’t question this. I recommend the following:
CCS Foot Care Cream – 175ml for £7.99 available at Boots
Kiehl’s Cross Terrain Dry-Run Foot Cream is perfect for keeping active feet dry – £16 available at Kiehl’s
4. Inspect Your Feet & Address any Issues – Discoloured Toenails? Curanail is your friend (£23.49 at Boots), Verucas/Corns/Calluses? Bazuka that verruca. Hobbit feet? aside from laser/electrolysis, there really is no better alternative to wax, Nad’s Waxing strips for men (20 strips for £8.99 at Boots)
If you still need extra help, Footner Exfoliating Socks is your saviour.
Yes you look stupid wearing them (1 application for an hour), but unless you’re willing to see a pedicurist, you have no choice. Be warned, the ‘peeling effect’ can leave you shedding skin for up to two weeks, though after this, you’ll have a brand new pair of feet.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate. This is the cornerstone of good foot care along with moisturising. Don’t neglect your feet until the beginning of every summer – take as much care with your feet as you would your face. A good product that I have found for general exfoliation is this Sloughing Gel that sloughs away dead skin:
Gena Pedi Care Sloughing Gel – I have found this difficult to get hold of in physical searches, but a quick search on ebay will draw up a few. This stuff is amazing.
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