Summerizing Winter Feet
The weather is warming up, and now it's time to take off the snow boots, sneakers, and wool socks and slip your feet into a sexy, strappy pair of sandals. If the thought of showing off your feet is horrifying to you because your feet haven't seen daylight in 6 months, don't fear! Those cracks and calluses will be a thing of your wintery past. And you don't have to spend $40 and up - Here's a 20 minute pedicure to get your feet back into shape.
- Soak your feet in a warm sudsy tub (epson salts and a couple of drops of essential oil works great) for about 10 minutes and pat dry.
- Using a pumice stone or buffing paddle, remove any rough areas. Massage cuticle area with a little oil or moisturizer; gently push back cuticles.
- Apply an exfoliator like St. Ives apricot scrub to shins, ankles and feet. If you want to use a homemade scrub, try sugar and olive oil. Massage to remove all that dead winter skin. Rinse in foot tub.
- Trim nails straight across. Don't go too short!
- If you have an extra 10 minutes, cover feet with heavy cream like Eucerin, Shea Butter, or Burt's Bees Foot Cream and wrap with plastic wrap. Apply a heating pad and wrap feet for a few minutes. Unwrap and wipe dry. Wipe nails and cuticles with rubbing alcohol to remove residue.
- Apply polish and wait until polish is set (dry to the touch) and then apply the top coat. Don't skip this step as it not only adds life to your pedicure, it will protect your nails as well.
Tip: To keep your nail polish lid from sticking, rub it with a little Vaseline or cutical oil.