It's finally time to take your feet out of hibernation. But before you slip on toe-baring footwear, book your first pedicure of Spring. Not only will your feet appreciate some much-needed TLC, but also, your toes will get to flaunt a trendy new shade. Click through for our top 10 favorite new bottles worthy of your first pedicure of the season.
Summer is the best time to show off your perfect pedicure, but when you're strutting around in sandals or barefoot on the beach, there's nothing protecting your toes from getting scuffed up. And getting chipped polish halfway through your beach vacation is a bummer. So what's the trick for a pedicure that will last through Labor Day and beyond?
A gel pedicure. That's right, the mini-miracle manicure isn't just for your fingernails. Shiny and impervious to chips, it's the set-it-and-forget-it way to keep your pedicure looking perfect. (The only catch is that you'll have to go back to the salon to get the color taken off.) Though Summer may be ending, this is a pedicure you'll want all yearlong. Since it dries instantly, you can get a pedicure in the Winter, throw your boots on, and walk out the door.
As Summer comes to a close, it's time to give your feet some end-of-sandal-season love and care. So before you bust out those boots and wool socks, follow these simple steps to say sayonara to cracked, aching feet for good.
Pull Off Flawless Feet
- The skin on your soles is thicker than the rest of your body due to heavy use (it has to stand up to your heel-wearing and foot-stomping ways, after all). That's why you'll want to soak your feet in a warm bath for at least five minutes to soften them thoroughly. You can even add an oil or milk to your soaking tub to increase the softness. In addition, an antiseptic essential oil (like tea tree or peppermint) can help to combat minor infections.
- Next, scrub the feet with a grainy exfoliator, such as a DIY mix of honey, olive oil, and coarse salt (or brown sugar).
- Rinse the feet and follow by using a wet pumice stone to smooth over rough heels and calluses. Don't apply too much pressure, though. It will take time to get rid of chapped patches completely.
- If there are extra rough spots, try spot treating with salicylic or citric acid (lemon juice also works well as a DIY remedy).
- To finish, slather feet with foot cream, like Bliss Foot Patrol ($18), and put on socks to seal in moisture. Repeat the entire process weekly to maintain.
I'm clearly in the minority here, but I cannot understand the appeal of French pedicures. More than 60 percent of you deem them chic, but they baffle me. Though I'm not a fan of their manicure counterpart, it's easy to understand why people want to make their nail growth look neat and brighter. But I'll never understand trompe-l'œil toenail growth. To each her own; it's just not a look for me. What about you? Is there a beauty look whose popularity you can't grasp?
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I hate wearing shoes. Seriously. If I could be barefoot all the time, I would be a happy girl. Heck, I could be the Barefoot Bandit's girlfriend if it wasn't for the whole "stealing" thing he had going on. Of course, running around barefoot doesn't make for the prettiest of tootsies. In fact, it makes my heels pretty dang callusy and hard.
Since it's Summer, and I have to leave my house sometimes, I tend to throw on some flip-flops, which doesn't hide the heel horror that I sport. So I need some heavy-duty help to make them presentable. After trying many things, I have narrowed it down to two things that help a lot.
Yesterday on Tyra, Tyra Banks interviewed a bunch of women who take their kids to the spa all the time. This is not like taking your junior-high-aged daughter for a manicure; we're talking elementary school kids of both genders getting things like massages and facials every week. If I were wealthy, I might go to the spa a lot more often, but if you're spending tens of thousands of dollars "beautifying" your grade schoolers, then maybe you need to take a step back and think about how you're using that money. Do you think this is the kind of thing that's permissible if you have endless funds? Watch the mom explain herself here:
Reflexology is a natural, alternative treatment that involves applying pressure and massage techniques to parts of the body (most often the feet and sometimes the hands). Not only does this type of therapy relieve stress, it also helps to boost circulation and improve body functions. (Psst: SJP is a fan.)
In reflexology, specific parts of the feet or hands are massaged to correspond with different glands, body parts, or organs. The idea is that by manipulating these precise points, which are mapped out in reflexology charts, the body will come back into balance. While reflexology shouldn't be considered a replacement for medical treatment, a relaxing massage is always good for the soul. To learn more, try Reflexology Massage DVD With Socks Set ($33), Total Reflexology: Everything You Need to Unlock the Healing Power of Your Body ($15), or Sexy Love Sox ($20).
The season of open-toed shoes is almost upon us, and no amount of last-minute nail polish can disguise feet that have been ignored lo these last six months. Fear not, though, for I have devised a simple, time-saving plan for getting gorgeous feet that you'll be proud to show off. To get started, just keep reading.