Beauty: From Trainers to Sandals (+ Giveaway)

Having grown up with a running dad (Saturdays were spent at races up and down the country) I’m all too aware the damage running can do to your feet. Blisters, dodgy toe nails, all very attractive things. Coupled with having flat feet I’ve been keen to take extra special care of my tootsies having started exercising more…and now I can safely say my feet are ready to make the switch from trainers to sandals!

 photo a34a7c4f-88f0-4c7c-abe6-c408e2e6084c_zpsyuflhvew.jpgA good foot file is essential. Manual ones are all very well and good, but I received an electric one for Christmas – and love it. A strange thing to love perhaps, but it’s halved my footcare routine. A quick go with it and I have soft-as-a-baby’s-bottom feet. Well almost. This one* from Scholl has been gifted to my dad (because who needs two foot files), and whilst it’s getting the ultimate test it has got the thumbs up so far!

I’ve found I have to follow filing with a good moisturiser, and I’ve been using this one* lately. It’s hydrating and easily absorbed, though not quite as moisturising as I’d like. It’s a great option for after work, with a richer one used before before.

 photo 68dde417-c478-4697-94cb-6739de9c18b5_zpsdb6gctxg.jpgHaving flat feet makes running slightly painful at times, but it also means wearing heels can be agony. For anything longer than a meal out, anything that involves being on my feet, I simply had to use some form of gel cushions. My best heels have had leather padding added, but for my cheaper heels I’ve relied on Party Feet gel pads for years. The texture makes me wince a bit, but they work and stop me limping around.

 photo 1dbb3472-c59f-40f3-a89b-4985aaa59143_zpsklrcasjl.jpgNow for the icky bit. Running makes me sweat, sweaty feet just ain’t nice. A good foot spray is essential if I’m going out following a run – lunchtime jogs mean this is a necessity. No substitute for a good shower of course, but a good option to freshen up!

Of course, no feet can be sandal ready without a slick of nail polish (I HATE seeing unpolished toes). I love a coral colour as it goes with most things, though I’ve used a bright orange recently and surprisingly loved it.

Now, Scholl have kindly offered one of my readers the opportunity to try some of their foot-saving products for themselves – and they come highly recommended from me. Simply enter using the widget below – though be warned that I will validate entries! UK entries only I’m afraid, sorry about that!

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Slathering on moisturiser and keeping my nails pretty are absolute essentials when it gets to sandal time, but for me they are staples in my routine all year round. Like with moisturising my face, I’ll hopefully thank myself in years to come!
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Do you have a footcare routine?