The best outdoor lights to make the most of summer evenings (no electrician needed)
The best outdoor lights to make the most of summer evenings (no electrician needed)

Megan Burns

Follow these chefs’ hacks and make pizza outdoors in your barbecue or a DIY wood-fire oven
Follow these chefs’ hacks and make pizza outdoors in your barbecue or a DIY wood-fire...

Amanda Kavanagh

Why we should all be swimming in the Irish seas this summer
Why we should all be swimming in the Irish seas this summer

Freya Drohan

Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family ask for their interviews be removed from new Sky TV documentary
Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s family ask for their interviews be removed from new Sky TV...

Sarah Finnan

Win a La Roche-Posay sun safety hamper, full of SPF skincare
Win a La Roche-Posay sun safety hamper, full of SPF skincare

IMAGE

The ‘Love Island’ 2021 cast has been revealed
The ‘Love Island’ 2021 cast has been revealed

Sarah Finnan

15 underrated Netflix gems that will distract you from the news
15 underrated Netflix gems that will distract you from the news

Jennifer McShane

This home on Palmerstown Road, Rathmines is on the market for €2.15 million
This home on Palmerstown Road, Rathmines is on the market for €2.15 million

Megan Burns

Chunky wedges, midi dresses and light summer cardigans – What to wear to an Irish garden wedding
Chunky wedges, midi dresses and light summer cardigans – What to wear to an Irish...

Sarah Finnan

Lynn Enright: Who will I be then, if I am not the one cackling in the corner of the pub late into the night?
Lynn Enright: Who will I be then, if I am not the one cackling in...

Lynn Enright

Image / Beauty

Pedicure panic: Get your feet ready for the dreaded summer foot reveal


by Aisling Keenan
13th May 2019
blank

Our feet have been hibernating in trainers and ankle boots all winter (and all spring!) but now it’s sandal time. Are your feet ready? If not, here are my favourite ways to prep for baring all in the pedi department…


(If you’re in any way foot phobic, this might not be the piece for you… Just an FYI.)

When summer rolls around, my feet bear a closer resemblance to hooves than human feet. While, I’ll be honest, I take great pride in having my feet looking good all year round, there still comes a point during winter where I just give up altogether and spend my pedicure fund on hot chocolates and wooly jumpers.

Home happy

There are plenty of people who can’t stand the thought of anyone going near their feet – my mother being one of them – and so home pedicure recommendations are what’s needed. Granted, it’ll probably never beat a human taking a skin scraper to your crustiest bits, but it’ll soften things up for sure.

It’s always handy to have a little nail kit at home for those times when you need to trim, pluck or file any unruly bits. My top tip? To avoid ingrown toenails, clip your nails straight across in a line and gently file the edges. Never clip right into the sidewalls, it’ll end in tears.

Boots Accessories Tool Kit, €13

A product I’ve used and mentioned once or twice before is the Seoulista Beauty foot mask. It’s a 30-minute treatment that softens everything up.

Seoulista Beauty Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure, €9.99

Another product for turning hooves into human feet that I’ve used and like – if only as a temporary solution, a wedding or the like – is Kiss ImPress press-on pedicure fake toenails. Sounds odd but they work and look super professional, especially if they cover any slightly damaged nails.

Kiss imPress Press-on Pedicure, €8.99

Professionally done

I have always opted to have my hooves feet cared for by the pros, not because I can afford it – I can’t, at all – but because I find nothing more enjoyable and indulgent than having a lovely foot massage. So when summer comes, I head down to my favourite pedi place, Mink in Ballsbridge (I go there because of the massage chairs and the impeccable, reliable service) and get a Mink Pedicure.

However, if you’re not someone who generally keeps on top of their feet in terms of pedicures, you might want to go for the hardcore but amazing Medi Pedi. It’s €100 for 75 minutes, and they really go to work. The full name for it is Medical Pedicure, and it helps to relieve the most cracked and calloused skin. It’s a safe way to reduce callouses without the use of any rasps or files – it essentially dissolves hard skin build-up. Your nails get seen to as well, of course. Note: It’s not suitable during pregnancy, so don’t book it for any mammys-to-be.

Also Read

blank
BEAUTY
Win a La Roche-Posay sensitive skin hamper, full of skincare products

The luxury hamper includes fragrance-free creams, cleansers and serums, all...

By IMAGE

spot
BEAUTY
Breaking out? Meet the latest innovations in spot clearing

Clear up a spot quick with these incredible new formulas....

By Holly O'Neill

deodorant
BEAUTY, SHOPPING
This minty natural roll-on deodorant has no business being this enjoyable

Everything you hate about deodorant is solved with this minty...

By Holly O'Neill

Anine Bing
BEAUTY
Inside the beauty routine of Anine Bing

From the Spring issue of IMAGE Magazine, out now, model and influencer-turned-designer Anine Bing shares her beauty must-haves.

By Holly O'Neill

blank
BEAUTY
A beauty writer on the best expert skincare tips she’s ever heard

There are oceans of beauty ideas, products and routines out...

By Melanie Morris

blank
BUSINESS, BEAUTY
‘Immediately I lost 30k followers that I’d built over 8 years’

On bank holiday Monday, May 3, the Nima Brush platform on Instagram was hacked, ransomed and eventually deleted.

By Holly O'Neill

blank
BEAUTY
How to shape and tidy your brows at home

Planning an at-home brow shape? Kim O’Sullivan shares her expert...

By Holly O'Neill