Hi altrocklifers! You probably wouldn’t believe it if you looked out of the window today, but summer is drawing ever closer. As the weather gets warmer, we must say goodbye to our boots and shoes and replace them with sandals and flip flops, and those poor feet that haven’t seen the light of day in six months are suddenly exposed to the outside world. When you’re constantly wearing proper shoes and slippers it becomes easy to neglect your feet, so if you’re looking to get summer ready, or just give your toes a treat, here’s my foolproof method to get gorgeous feet.
You will need:
- A pumice stone, or electric foot exfoliator – I use the SilverCrest electric hard skin remover
- Lush’s Volcano foot mask
- Two tie-handle bags – I use large sandwich bags usually
- A pair of thick, warm socks or slippers
- Lush’s Pumice Power foot soap
- Soap And Glory’s Heel Genius foot cream
- A pair of ordinary cotton socks
Step one – exfoliate
Exfoliation is always the best way to start a foot routine, especially if it’s been a while since you last looked after your feet! There are all sorts of manual exfoliators available, some from as little as £1 from discount shops, but I personally like to use the SilverCrest electric hard skin remover. It gently removes any built-up hard skin on the heel and balls of your feet, and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. If it’s been a long time since you last exfoliated your feet, I can guarantee that this will be extremely satisfying.
Step two – mask ’em up
Next up, it’s time to grab your Volcano. I recommend applying this sat on the edge of the bath or with your feet in the shower tray, as you wouldn’t want to spill this anywhere! I apply Volcano in a thick layer on the bottom of my feet, focusing on the heel, the balls of my feet, and the bottom of my big toe, as this is where I get the most hard skin build up. The Lush website recommends using the mask all over the foot, but I don’t find it makes much difference to the skin on the top of my foot. This also means the pot lasts longer, so that’s a plus too! Once you’ve applied the mask, take your plastic bag and tie it at the ankles, to stop the mask drying out too much. I also put a pair of thick socks over the top of the bags, to help keep my feet warm which prevents the mask from drying out. I then leave the mask on for anywhere up to half an hour.
Step three – get scrubbing
Now it’s time to remove the mask. I tend to take a folding chair into the shower with me, so I can sit down whilst rinsing off my feet and prevent slipping over, but if you can think of a better method, let me know! I take the bags off my feet, get my hands wet, then gently massage the mask into my feet for a couple of minutes. Then, I use my hands to rub the mask away. Once my feet are clean, I grab my Pumice Power foot soap and scrub it into the same areas I applied the mask to. Leave the orange scented lather on your feet for a couple of minutes before rinsing away. Get out of the bath or shower and pat your feet dry gently with a clean towel.
Step four – moisturise
The final step of this routine is to apply a generous layer of Heel Genius all over your feet. I can’t recommend this product enough – I’ve been using it for years to maintain the softness of the bottoms of my feet, and I find it’s the perfect ending to this routine. Just pop a pair of clean socks over the top to allow the cream to soak in without walking it all over your home.