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Today marks the official start of summer – yay! Up until now, spots of bright weather may have allowed you to occasionally abandon the tights that go with ballet flats. But with the real heat (hopefully) on its way, here’s our essential guide to making sure your feet look their best as they slip into a stylish pair of our flat sandals.

Luscious legs


Think silky smooth and buffed to perfection. Whether you’re waxing, shaving, sugaring, using cream or braving an epilator (ouch), there are pros and cons to each.


After all the hair is gone, you can slow down the regrowth with a product like Skin Doctors Hair No More Inhibitor Spray.


Exfoliating will remove dead skin, allowing you to banish even more of the unwanted hair. [Leave it a week before for waxing, but you can do it right before waxing and sugaring.] Look out for any scrubs containing sea salt, sugar or apricot.


Then moisturise, moisturise and moisturise some more. Think of skin as a thirsty, greedy sponge and feed it with lots of hydrating goodness. If you’re feeling decadent, push the boat out with this great Clarins cream. For an on-the-go option, try Palmer's Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion. And for cheap and cheerful, massage some olive oil into your legs then wash off in the shower.



Fabulous feet


Occasionally splurging on a professional pedicure is lovely treat. However, here are some tips to help you get the look at home.


Nail brushes, pumice stones and foot files will all scrape off dead skin.


Soaking your feet is relaxing and rewarding. Lush has a great foot soak to eliminate even more dry skin. To make it even cheaper, there are many homemade recipes for a great foot bath.


After thoroughly drying, as with your legs, using moisturiser is a must. To invigorate your feet, ingredients should include peppermint, rosemary or eucalyptus. Take your time if you can – a good foot rub is wonderfully soothing.


Toes that turn up the volume


Usually hidden in shoes, summery weather means you can use your toenails as another way of showing off your personal style.


Firstly, trim and file to keep everything neat.


Then, it’s all about the polish. Whether it’s bold and bright or dreamy pastels, here’s a guide to what’s on trend this summer. Shimmering colours last longer and if you really want chip-resistant pinkies, gel is a great choice.



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