The irony is that it’s actually exposure to the air and decreased protection, through thin soles, against pounding the pavement that causes heels to harden..
But we’ve found a genuine little marvel that ensures heels stay soft and smooth. Use it as part of a quick, three-step mini makeover for your feet and your tootsies will look almost tantalising…
Revlon Pedi Expert, £8.99, from Superdrug. We thought JML’s famous Ped Egg was a clever little gadget when it came along a couple of years ago – it acts like a grater, gently scraping away layers of hard skin. But, we’re sorry, Mr JML: Revlon’s Pedi Expert is just far superior.
The ‘grater’ is sharper and larger and gets rid of months of build-up in one go – it really is the most effective hard-skin remover we’ve ever tried and helps make the most hoof-like of heels look human again.
Tip: Because it’s so effective, use the grater on dry skin only; it may remove too much soft, wet skin, leaving heels tender.
ClearZal Callus Crème, £6.85, from Waitrose and Lloyds Pharmacies. It contains urea, which is a natural constituent of skin and helps ‘re-bond’ layers broken as a result of lack of moisture, as well as salicylic acid, which is an effective exfoliator.
Tip: Apply when you’ve got half-an-hour to put your feet up so the ingredients have time to sink into skin without being wiped away in footwear or on the floor.
Leighton Denny Quatro, £4.89, www.leightondenny.com. Toenails grow much slower than fingernails, but are made up of more layers which means ridges are more prominent. Buffing smooths out ridges so nails reflect light to look glossier – even without polish. Leighton’s four-sided block includes surfaces to buff, smooth, shine and file for a professional-style finish.
Tip: The newly buffed nail is particularly absorbent so seal the surface with a base coat before painting to prevent discolouration or clear varnish if you’re going au naturel. And don’t buff too often – it does thin the nail.