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Love your midlife feet. Get them summer sandal ready!

Guest Article by Liz Earle

 It seems many of us feel the need to keep our midlife feet hidden from view  !!
Being a fan of Liz Earle’s products , I asked Liz what we could do to get our feet summer sandal ready:

 “Love your feet! They work incredibly hard and are miracles of design. If you look after them, they will look after you too. With summer just a stone’s throw away, it’s time to prepare your feet for their first sandal outing.”
Did you know that there are 26 bones in each foot?  If these precious bones become imbalanced, the rest of your skeleton will too. I find it amazing that each foot  is made up of 33 joints, 10 tendons, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. With all these important components and having to support our every move, feet can sometimes feel neglected and develop wear and tear. But with a little care and attention, and these three easy steps using our luxurious Liz Earle footcare range, your feet will be happier and feel healthier not only this summer but all year round.

Transform dull feet

After a long winter encased in boots and socks, it’s important to give feet and legs some TLC before slipping into your sandals. You can transform dull feet, soften dry skin and provide a fabulous pampering treat:

Step 1: Begin with Liz Earle Foot Scrub to remove unwanted, winter-hard skin on heels and soles, to reveal fresh, new velvety-soft beautiful feet. This hard-working scrub gently and intensively exfoliates with natural pumice, and softens with avocado oil and wheatgerm oil, leaving skin baby-soft and buffed to perfection.

Step 2: Use your thumb to gently circle over the soles of your feet to help release tension. Wrap your feet in richness with moisturiser to soothe and nourish your feet, helping to get them ready to slip into those new summer sandals. When you massage any cream into your feet it instantly provides that ‘ooh factor’ and gives you a sense of joy and wellbeing. This is due to our feet being covered in over 7,000 nerve endings, and as they are touched, the brain releases ‘happy’ hormones to make you feel great, so this is also a perfect and simple way to help reduce stress levels. My Foot Repair Moisturiser works wonders. This nourishing and revitalising cream sinks in fast and is packed with naturally active ingredients including shea butter sourced from a women’s cooperative in
Africa, as well as skin softening avocado oil and wheatgerm oil rich in natural vitamin E, giving soothing intensive care to tired, aching feet and legs. As an added extra, the luxurious formula contains a blend of peppermint and rosemary essential oils to leave feet smelling wonderfully sweet.

Step 3: Finish off with a refresh of Liz Earle’s Foot Spritzer which is back by popular demand this summer. The ultimate solution to cool and invigorate tired, aching feet and ankles this summer. This fast drying spray contains cooling menthol, hydrating aloe vera and invigorating rosemary and peppermint essential oils to revive and revitalise. It also contains farnesol which helps to keep odour causing bacteria at bay, keeping feet fresh all day long, no matter how hot they get.

5 Simple Steps  for a pedicure perfect feel

Use the uplifting, luxurious naturally active foot care treats at home for a pedicure-perfect feel. For extra pampering, follow these 5 simple steps from Liz Earle’s Treatment Development Manager, Jo Givens, to help care for your feet:

When feet are hot and tired soothe them with a moisturiser containing peppermint to instantly cool and revive – perfect after a long day on your feet.

Massage Superbalm over cuticles to reduce dryness. It is also great for dry skin on the heels.
To relieve tension and instantly energise, press into the spot just below the ball of your foot in the centre and hold for 5 seconds. Then massage and pull on each toe individually to relieve tension in your neck and head.

To provide relief for super dry feet, massage a generous amount of Foot Repair Moisturiser all over your feet and ankles and put on a pair of cotton socks before going to bed to nourish feet overnight while you sleep.

When spritzing your feet, legs and ankles, use a fast drying spray which fights odour-causing bacteria to help keep skin fresh. Our Foot Spritzer is the perfect wake-up for weary feet, leaving them revived and revitalised all day long.

For a limited time only you can pamper your feet for less, with Liz Earle’s Sandal Ready Feet Offer. For £25, you will receive a 100ml Foot Scrub, 100ml Foot Repair Moisturiser, 75ml Foot Spritzer and 5g Superbalm to give you smooth, soft, sandal ready feet in no time – saving you just under £10. The offer is available from May 3rd until July 7th 2011.

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