When it comes to having a pamper and treating my skin, I am very neglectful of my feet. I always paint my nails when the sandals come out, but that's often as far as it goes! So when ClearZal, a footcare brand who have developed products especially for the care of your legs, feet and nails, sent me some products to carry out the "perfect pedi", I knew it was the chance to turn my "regime" around.
Step 1 - Soak
ClearZal recommend starting with a 5 minute footbath to cleanse, deodorise and soften the skin in preparation for exfoliation. I never ever do this but it was so relaxing just sitting with a book and a cuppa! I added a teaspoon of the ClearZal Foot Cleanser, which contains Tea Tree Oil to remove any bacteria that could lead to infection or irritation.
Step 2 - Scrub
Next up is a scrub to remove dead skin cells and I think ClearZal's Exfoliating Scrub with natural pumice and an Aloe Vera base may be my favourite of their range. The pumice is very finely ground but very concentrated, made less harsh on the skin by the creamy formulation of Soybean Oil, Glycerin, Jojoba Oil and Vitamins E, A and D. This is such an effective scrub and I really like the scent; almost fruity and slightly sweet.
Step 3 - Buff
Once the skin is softened and exfoliated, it is the perfect time to gently buff away any rough skin with a foot file. I'm lucky that I don't need to do this too often and it's not a step I particularly enjoy doing, but a necessity for summer when my feet are on show more often.
Step 4 - Trim and File
I don't like having very long nails on my toes, so I tend to clip them right down and file just to smooth the edges. ClearZal recommend giving them a slightly rounded shape to avoid ingrown nails, which is a really good tip and something I should start doing.
Step 5 - Nail Polish
Is it just me or does anyone else feel like their feet just don't look right without nail polish?! Feet aren't exactly pretty and polish makes them much more acceptable to put on show! I love bright colours on my toes and tend to gravitate towards pinks and blues - two perfect examples of this are the shades Rose Libertine and Too Cool To Tango from Rimmel's 60 Seconds Super Shine Range. They're not so bright that they wander towards the neon category, but give the toes a real pop of colour.
Step 6 - Moisturise
Once the nail polish is fully dry, it's time to finish the pedi with a good dollop of some moisturising foot cream. ClearZal's Foot Food Nutritional Creme is a rich cream but in terms of consistency and formula isn't too thick or heavy, so doesn't take an age to absorb. It has a herby scent thanks to Rosemary, Lavender and Thyme, which won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I personally love natural scents like this. ClearZal also do a Busy Feet Energising Creme, which is perfect to use when I've been on my feet all day. It is packed full of menthol, which really tingles the skin to energise and rejuvenate, whilst injecting moisture.
I've really enjoyed doing this regime and can see myself doing it on a more regular basis, as my feet felt and looked much better afterwards. ClearZal's products do fall on the more functional spectrum in terms of packaging and what they offer, but they are very effective.
You can find the ClearZal range of products online here and the Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polishes here.
What are your favourite products for achieving the perfect pedi?
P.S. This post contains PR samples. This does not affect my opinion of the products.