Pamper your feet after a summer spent in flip flops – here’s my tip top tips for tootsies! Oh, and, don’t forget those legs, too. I’ve uncovered some of the latest products to make your limbs even lovelier. Shame we’ll have to cover them up soon in tights and trousers. Oh, well. We know they’ll be gorgeous underneath those layers…
Start off with Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source Foot Mask (£18, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk) – perfect for aching feet. Slather it on and cover with the supplied socks for 20 minutes and let the cocktail of ingredients start to work to rejuvenate and refresh: peppermint oil cools, shea butter and mango seed oil moisturise while a detoxifying clay draws out impurities to leave feet fresh and baby smooth.
Spritz your feet, legs and ankles with a cooling and invigorating burst of Liz Earle’s Foot Spritzer (£7.75, lizearle.com) with its nine essential oils. This fast drying spray fights odour-causing bacteria to help keep feet fresh. It’s the perfect wake-up for weary feet, leaving them revived and revitalised.
Follow this with a foot scrub to slough off dead skin and rough heels. Liz Earle’s Foot Scrub (£11, lizearle.com) contains rosemary, avocado oil and peppermint to buff skin while Crabtree & Evelyn’s Self-Warming Foot Smoother (£16, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk) is a luxurious option, which exfoliates, conditions and moisturises in one step. A spray with Liz Earle’s Foot Spritzer
Now time to massage in a rich foot cream. Nails Inc Bond Street Mexican Lime Foot Cream (£11, nailsinc.com) is a wonderfully zesty indulgent treat that leaves feet feeling super smooth.
Perfect for not-so sweet smelling soles is Australian Organics’ Tea Tree Hand and Foot Cream (£9.25, outbackorganics.co.uk). Its organic tea tree deodorises and aids any minor scrapes, bruises or split skin, while macadamia oil works to soften hard skin. And something that leaves feet unbelievably soft, and free of hard skin is Ahava’s Dermud Intenstive Foot Cream (£18, ahava.co.uk). Enriched with Dead Sea mineral mud and aloe vera, this helps soothe irritated skin and reduces swelling.
When it comes to cracked heels and dry feet, sometimes only a treatment balm will do. This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm (£15, thisworks.com) is like a miracle in a tube – and just the thing if you need to get you going again. Cotton Thistle, lemon and lavender combine to give a fast working remedy.
Suti’s Fabulous Organic Foot Balm (£16, suti.co.uk), meanwhile, targets damaged skin and sore areas caused by long periods spent on your feet. Olive oil, carrot and avocado give a creamy texture that melts immediately into dry calloused feet while calendula and pumpkin see soothes soreness. For radical effects wear under socks over night. Try Eco Tools Sustainable Moisture Socks (£5.99, boots.com), made with rayon from bamboo, which lets your feet breathe.
Finally, if this all sounds like a bit to much effort after a day of exercise, then take a pair of Footner Exfoliating Socks (£19.99, boots.com) with you. Just launched, the ‘first of its kind’ product is a 60-minute treatment in a sock that activates the skin’s peeling effect and gets rid of calluses and hard skin leaving feet baby soft.
Legs can literally bear the brunt of the load and there are some amazing new products available that will be sure to put a spring in your step again.
Oriflame’s Feet Up Cooling Relief Crackling Leg Mousse (£6.95, gb.oriflame.com) has an innovative chill-action technology that gives an odd crackling sensation when applied but instantly cools and relieves heavy legs.
Thalgo’s Gel Light for Feather-Light Legs (£25.55, thalgo.com) helps eliminate fluid retention and swelling post-walking.
Mandara Spa’s Island Paradise Refreshing Cooling Gel (£5, timetospa.co.uk)will cool and revitalise tired limbs while at the same time transporting you to an exotic isle with its kukui nut oil, lemon and grapefruit scent.