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Get Ready for Sandal Season

Pretty Feet

Dear Audrey,

My feet and toes look terrible! What can I do to make them look great for sandal season?

With a little bit of effort and some tender loving care your feet will be ready for flip-flops in no time. Here are my tips for happy, smooth, beautiful feet and toes.

Soak

Sit back relax and soak your feet in a tub of warm water for about 15 minutes. Some people like to include a few drops of aromatherapy oil or a soothing foot soak.  Others prefer the healing properties of Epsom salts. Make sure to dry your feet thoroughly when you are done soaking.

Exfoliate

Next it’s time to exfoliate and get rid of the dead skin. I like to use an exfoliating scrub. My favorite is the Pedi Scrub by Gena. It’s a botanical exfoliating gel with pumice, sea kelp and aloe that invigorates hydrates and soothes while sloughing away the dead skin on your feet. It will also soften and reduce rough and calloused skin.

After exfoliating use a pumice stone or foot file on the dry spots to remove your calluses. If your feet are extra-dry, you may have to repeat this for a few days to really do the job. Both Mehaz and Toolworx make great pedicure tools that make it easier to take care of your feet. (If you are a diabetic, be sure to check with your doctor before using a file or pumice stone).

Moisturize

After you have removed the dead skin it’s really important to use a good moisturizer and massage it in well. (I think the massage is the best part and it aids in improving circulation.) To make sure your feet stay extra soft, try this trick: every night, before going to bed, apply a thick layer of moisturizing lotion to your feet rubbing it in well, then slide on clean socks. During the night, the extra lotion will soak into your feet, making them extra soft.

Make them Picture Perfect

Now that you have soft moisturized feet, put on those sandals! If you want to dress up your toes at home with polish go for it. Trim your nails with clippers or nail scissors and file away any rough edges. Push back and trim your cuticles if want.  Apply a coat of clear polish followed by your color of choice. Finally, apply a topcoat (glossy or matt, whatever you like). Be sure to let the polish dry well between coats. Once the polish is dry take your feet out dancing in those sandals!

Here’s to happy feet,

Audrey

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