Now it’s December, the Party Season has officially begun so it’s time to consider outfits, accessories and hair but we often forget our feet. I’ve had many nights out where my feet have ruined my night as the pain of high heels and/or dancing is too much to bear, so I’ve compiled some tips on how to prep your feet and keep them as pain-free as possible…
Prep & Nourish
Firstly it’s vital to prep the feet as they get dry and rough very easily, especially during the winter when you’re wearing socks and/or boots.
I like to use a scrub on my feet once a week, to help keep the skin soft and smooth to stop any hard skin forming. My usual weekly scrub is The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask, which is a facial scrub but I find it to be a little abrasive for the sensitive and dry skin on my face, so I gave it a try on my feet and it’s now my favourite foot scrub.
It has a thick consistency containing oatmeal grains which when massaged into the feet, the grains buff away any dry skin whilst the honey replenishes any lost moisture. More recently I’ve discovered the Mio Double Buff Dual Action Enzyme Exfoliator which I got in my Latest In Beauty Dream Box 2.. which contains fruit enzymes as well as rounded spheres of Pumice, Lava and Bamboo so it both chemically and manually exfoliates the feet.
Once my feet are completely rid of any dry skin, it’s important to use an intensive foot cream or body lotion. I used to use the Soap & Glory Heel Genius until I discovered the amazing OPI Avoplex Moisture Replenishing Lotion which is a lot more nourishing, and it leaves my feet incredibly smooth.
Next I have a couple of products which help with making my feet look good, which is particularly important when wearing open toe or slingback heels as your feet are on show.
My first go-to product is the Scholl Cracked Heel Express Stick which is a waxy stick that is like a lipbalm for the feet, and anyone can use it to relieve any dry skin and not just those with cracked heels. It’s invisible once applied, so you can’t see it and it means my heels are left looking great without any unsightly, dry patches.
Another great tip is that you could even use this to swipe along the inside of the heel of any new/uncomfortable shoes, as the waxy consistency helps the shoe slide on with minimal rubbing so there’s less chance of any blisters forming.
It’s mandatory for pretty, painted toes on a night out in my eyes but before applying my suitably festive polish, I like to use the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to keep my nails looking perfect, and it helps the polish to apply more evenly as the nail bed is moisturised plus any polish mishaps can just be wiped off in seconds.
The following three items are absolute essentials for ANY party, and I wholeheartedly recommend all three if you want pain-free feet.
Firstly we have the Insolia High Heel Inserts from Simply Feet (not pictured) which are an absolute godsend, and something I definitely need to repurchase before New Year’s Eve. The Insolia High Heel Inserts are unique inserts which you position inside any type of heeled shoe (not just heels.. sandals, slingbacks, wedges, pumps etc), and they allow you to wear your heels for three times longer than your normally would.
work by using a weight shift technology, to shift the weight of the foot evenly to reduce the pressure and painful burning sensation on the ball of the foot. Once you’ve inserted them into the shoe, they virtually disappear so no-one would even know you had them in your shoes. I hate it when my feet hurt on nights out, practically limping bar to bar but these really do work and I’d never ever wear high heels without them as they make wearing heels comfortable – which is incredible.
Something I always put into my bag on a night out, is Compeed Blister Plasters especially if I’m wearing new shoes as there’s nothing worse than developing a blister when you’re out. I usually take two or three just in case as I never know when a blister will strike, or a friend will need one. If you have a blister forming or an already formed one, these gel plasters help relieve any pain instantly as well as helping them to heal quicker too.
Lastly is a product I recommend using when you get home, and kick off your dancing shoes.. The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist kept in the fridge. I love using this from the fridge to spiritz over my hot, tired feet to relieve any stinging or heat as it’s really soothing and it feels absolutely heavenly. Not only does the spray refresh, and cool the feet.. it also adds moisture as it contains Vitamin E which is a nice added bonus.
So there are my tips on How To Get Party Ready Feet.. I really hope you found them helpful, and if you have any other tips, I’d love for you to share them below…
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