How to treat in-a-state feet

By Susannah Edwards

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I’m the first to admit that my feet aren’t the prettiest. Sandal season is a while away but I’m already worrying about my cracked heels and polish-stained nails. I was complaining about the state of them the other day (pretty much your typical ELLE Beauty Desk conversation) when the Beauty Director handed me Revlon’s Pedi-Expert, £9.99, and told me to get to work.

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It’s a heavy-duty foot file that looks like a cheese grater and has a pot attached to catch the excess skin. I spent five minutes filing my feet (on dry skin, never file a wet foot as it can be too abrasive) and the results were impressive. Don’t overuse it – too much filing will leave your skin red raw – but a five-minute file once a month will keep skin soft.

Moisturising straight after is a must. We all slather on body lotions and facial moisturisers, but often neglect our feet. Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Oil, £20 (click here to buy), is an ELLE favourite – it’s formulated with emu oil, which penetrates and nourishes even high-heel ravaged tough skin.

To tackle my discoloured nails – caused by over-polishing, ideally you should have one nail varnish-free week ever month – I used Sally Hansen Insta-Brite Nail Whitener, £5.95. It helps to reverse the yellowing and should, I hope, prevent future staining.

A job well done, so much so I’m currently wondering round the office barefoot. In fact, if you see a girl walking down rainy Oxford St in flipflops, make sure you say hi!

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