Many have confessed that the first thing they look at when they’re courting someone, or even just meeting someone, is the condition of their feet. Awful feet may very well get you kicked to the curb so we’ve prepared a short list of hacks that can be used while you’re inside the house during this social distancing period, to keep those feet fancy, moisturised and attractive to anyone who happens to look southward.

1. GIVE THOSE FEET A GOOD SOAK.

Hey, there’s no chance of hitting the salon anytime soon by the look of things so here’s what you need. Just grab some mouthwash, vinegar and water, mix all three in equal parts in a large bowl and soak your feet. This combination smooths dry skin. The combined of acids from the vinegar and Listerine (which has benzoic acid in it) softens soles in no time. Soak your feet for 15 minutes.

2. MAKE A FOOT SCUB USING BROWN SUGAR.

You must have brown sugar in your cupboard! You easily make your own foot scrub using this kitchen staple. Mix 1/3 cup brown of sugar and 1/2 cup olive oil or even coconut oil, and you’ve got yourself a great DIY scrub that can remove any dead skin. Buff it in circular motions on your feet and legs.

3. NO THICK POLISH COATS… TWO THIN COATS ARE BETTER.

It might be tempting to layer a thick coat of polish and be done with it, but the reality is, it’ll take forever to dry and end up looking gluggy. Opt for two thin coats instead, leaving a couple of minutes in between each coat. Hold the brush midway down the cap for maximum control and work from the middle of the nail outwards leaving a 1.5mm gap at the top. This makes your pedicure look more professional.

4. REMEMBER TO CLEAN YOUR NAILS BEFORE YOU START.

Clean nails are the key to a long-lasting pedicure. If you’re massaging your feet with oil or lotion prior to painting your nails, always wipe the nail plate clean with polish remover before you begin painting. This will help the polish “stick”. Even if your nails are bare, give them a quick swipe with polish remover to remove any dirt and oil from your nails.

5. SOFTEN THOSE CUTICLES WITH A LITTLE OLIVE OIL.

Olive oil makes a great cuticle oil. Massage a small amount into your nails daily and gentle push back your cuticles with a stick or the edge of your fingernail. Never be tempted to cut your cuticles, they’re designed to protect your nail from infection and shouldn’t be trimmed, according to the pros.

6. PUT YOUR BUTT ON A CHAIR.

For the best polish results, sit on a chair and balance your foot on the side of a table when painting your toenails. This gives you the best angle, with maximum balance, and helps you avoid getting a backache from leaning down and over.

7.MAKE SURE YOU PUT ON A TOP COAT.

How you apply your top coat can affect how long polish lasts. As well as applying top coat vertically, as you would your polish, it’s also important to seal the tip of your nail with a horizontal swipe, too. This is where most chips happen so it makes sense to put an extra layer of protection here.

8. DO NOT FAN YOUR NAILS DRY.

Technically, nail polish doesn’t dry, it “cures” when it comes into contact with oxygen in the air. Trying to speed up that process by fanning it or dunking your toes in ice cold water can cause micro moisture bubbles to appear in your polish. If you’re in a rush, or feeling impatient, invest in a quick-dry spray that’s designed to make the oxidisation process happen faster, but definitely avoid fanning your nails dry.