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Summer is the best time of the year, but not necessarily for your feet. Walking around barefoot on concrete at the pool or on any ground surface is bad news for the skin on your feet. That dry and cracked look will creep up on you before you know it. Taking care of your feet will not only make them feel better and be less prone to injury, but they will look nicer too. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your feet looking fresh all summer long.

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Soaking your feet in warm water before anything else will make dead skin come off easier, as well as ease tired feet. The warmth from the water will relax your foot muscles and prepare the skin for any treatments you will do directly after. Just make sure not to run the water too hot!


If your feet are free from dead skin and all dry patches are moisturized, they will instantly look healthier and well-kept. Use a buffing block to scrub the dead skin away, and follow up with a thick moisturizer. If you have more time, use a sugar scrub to massage your feet for a little pampering time while you are taking care of your feet. Many scrubs also have moisturizing oils in them as well, so you’re killing two birds with one stone.

Trim and file

Making sure all of your toenails are relatively the same length will make your feet look much more polished. Lightly run a nail file across each nail, only trimming the extra long ones. This will also prevent ingrown toenails, ouch!


Toenail polish is optional, but adding some color down there can improve the overall look after all the polishing you just did. Bright colors work great in the summer, but also neutral colors look more professional and clean. Any color that attracts you – go for it! Apply a clear base coat, two coats of color, then a top coat. Make sure to give it enough time to dry, too!