I love the summer so much, but with it comes the need to crank that beauty regime up a notch. When the skirts and dresses come out I seriously have to do something about my pasty milk bottle legs, and open toe shoes are going to look horrendous with dry feet and a month old pedicure (I know I'm not the only one who doesn't repaint their toenails every week over the colder months, don't pretend you do!) Venturing out of the house throughout the winter without a pair of waterproof boots and five layers is practically begging for pneumonia to come and strike you down, and so getting a bit slack on the footcare routine is maybe a bit more forgivable. But come summertime those unloved feet are going to have to make an appearance and so it's probably in our best interest to get them looking their best. I'm extremely paranoid about bearing manky looking feet to the world, and so things like dry cracked heels and chipped toenails are the types of things I pay extra special attention to over the summer; I'm definitely not a 'slip on a pair of flipflops and go' kinda girl. Foot cream isn't going to win any awards for most glamorous beauty product but it's one of those things that just has to be done, so might as well go with a brand that we know is going to work.
Over the last week I've been using Scholl's Dry Skin Instant Recovery Cream* in a bid to get my feet looking summer ready. My previous foot care routine involved occasionally slapping on some of my body moisturiser, but according to Scholl the skin on the feet is twenty times harder than elsewhere on the body (errrgh) and so a specialised intensive product should be used. I noticed immediately that this soaked into my feet much more quickly than regular moisturiser, and made them feel a lot softer even after the first use. I did have one or two rather sexy looking dry patches that this quickly cleared up which is great, and you don't need much of it to make your feet feel nice and moisturised. Scholl states that this will give you an immediate eighty percent increase in hydration which is pretty impressive stuff. There are a couple of things that don't really thrill me about this, the packaging bores me and the product doesn't have a very strong smelling fragrance which I think foot creams can get away with because the skin is less sensitive. The light scent is a huge improvement from the horrible mint smell a lot of footcare products have though I have to say. The cream itself is really effective and works quickly, it might not be very pretty to look at but neither are dry and crusty looking feet.
Scholl footcare products are available from most highstreet shops and supermarkets such as Boots, Superdrug and Asda. The Dry Skin Instant Recovery Cream is priced at a fairly reasonable £5.99.
Have you stepped up your beauty routine for the summer yet?
*This product was a PR sample sent to me through a campaign on Bzzagent. Opinions are always honest and my own.