During the warmer weather it's nice to kick off the shoes and get a bit of light and air around our feet.
But we want them to look great too, so let's have a look at some top tips!
1. Trim Your Toenails For Summer
Trim straight across using nail clippers. Don't cut them too short and not down at the corners as this can lead to ingrowing nails.
Finish off with an emery board or nail file for a smooth finish
2. Sun Screen
The skin on the feet is delicate and during the winter isn't exposed to the sun. So, always apply a high factor sunscreen to the top and the soles of your feet to avoid sunburn.
Don't forget to reapply after swimming.
3. Natural Materials Footwear
Choose footwear made from natural materials to help your feet breath. this helps reduce foot odour and sweating in the heat.
4. Training Shoes
Air trainers before and after exercise to prevent build up of bacteria.
Change socks daily. Choose ones which contain at least 70% cotton or wool to keep your feet dry and stop them smelling.
6. Tackle Sweat
If you're prone to sweaty feet in the summer, it's important to wash your feet each morning and evening in warm, soapy water and then dry them thoroughly.
An antibacterial wash will help with foot odour, then wipe with cotton wool dipped in surgical spirit and dust lightly with talc.
7. Banish Blisters
Blisters are a common problem for feet in hot weather, they are caused by rubbing, especially between the toes if you are wearing flip- flops.
To help prevent summer blisters, keep your feet dry, wear shoes or sandals which fit well and aren't too loose. Give your feet rest periods so they don't get hot and sweaty.
If you do get a blister, don't put a plaster over it; leave it to dry out on its own.
8. Cracked Heels
Try to wear a variety of different sandals and shoes during the summer to help prevent cracked heels.
Flip- flops, open backed sandals and mules all cause the skin around the heels to dry out, harden and crack.
It's a good idea to apply a good quality heel balm or cream at bedtime.
9. Hard Skin
Other areas of the feet can build up hard skin during the summer too. Use a gentle foot file, emery board or pumice stone to rub away hard skin and apply a foot cream but no cream between the toes to avoid athlete's foot.
10. Watch Out For Foot Infections
During the summer we can find ourselves walking on floors of communal showers and changing rooms at open- air and hotel swimming pools.
These are ideal conditions for picking up foot infections such as athlete's foot and verrucas.
Protect your feet by wearing flip- flops or pool sandals in the changing room, showers and at the pool edge.