Let's face it: your feet aren't the most glamorous part of your beauty routine, but they deserve just as much attention as the rest of your body (and we're talking more than your standing pedicure appointment). Clarisonic recently released a new brush kit, the Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation System ($199), just for your feet. (Editor's note: the pedicure brush set was sent to us by Clarisonic for review.) The brand's star product, its rotating facial cleansing brush, is already a must have among celebrities and beauty editors, so see why you'll want to get your hands on this pedicure-perfecting tool.
Lots of people have rough feet, but it's an easy fix. Instead of buying expensive overnight-treatment socks or potentially dangerous callus shavers, though, read on to see the best course of action for your unnecessary roughness.
1. If your feet aren't too bad . . .
If you're just dealing with a little bit of dry skin, simply add moisture. Wash your feet before bed, then slather them with lotion. Slip on a pair of thin cotton socks, and in the morning you'll have soft feet. Try Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Oil Balm ($9). For having a relatively thin consistency, it moisturizes wonderfully. And it has a fresh, nonperfumey scent.
If your feet need a little more help than that, keep reading.
There's nothing more disappointing than a faded pedicure in the midst of sandal season, so learn a few polish tips from Allure to help care for your nails this Summer.
If you're like, oh, everyone else, you probably have a pedicure right now. And if you're really like everyone else, it's probably also at least a little bit chipped. Even if it's only a week old. And for good reason: sneaky saboteurs can ruin your pedicure before you even open your nail polish. But once you know what they are, it's easy(ish) to avoid them.
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1. You didn't know rubbing alcohol was part of a pedicure. We know, it sounds weird. But rubbing alcohol dries out oils. And the oils that nail polish leaves behind — and even the oils that your nails produce naturally — cause polish on top to chip. Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe down each nail, and your pedicure will last longer.
2. You keep your polish in your bathroom. Rookie move. When you shower, your bathroom probably gets hot and muggy. And heat doesn't just make your polish globby; it also causes pigments to separate. Stash your polish in a cooler room (or even the refrigerator) and your pedicure will be more even and last longer, says Jin Soon Choi, a manicurist and founder of Jin Soon Nail Collection.
3. You forgot your nails need sun protection, too. The UV blockers in sunscreen turn your polish yellow, so wipe your nails with a beach towel after you lotion up. Then, apply a top coat that contains ingredients like benzophenone-1 and octocrylene, which absorb UV light. The good news is you don't have to remember those long names, because they're in most top coats. The bad news is they break down over time. But swipe on a top coat every few days, and you're covered.
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The sand and sea tend to deteriorate pedicures more quickly than just about anything else. That's why you need an easy-to-achieve, quick, and simple pedicure that can be done (and redone) in about 10 minutes flat. It's easy to master and will keep your feet looking groomed all season long.
What you need:
- A bowl of hot, soapy water
- Toe spacers to separate toes
- Toenail clippers
- Base coat
- Sheer, pinky-peach nail polish
- Top coat
- Begin by soaking your feet in the soapy water to soften your skin. Then, push back your cuticles and file away any hard calluses under your toes or around your heels.
- Trim and file your toenails so that the ends of your nails are slightly shorter than the end of the skin on your toes.
- Swipe your toenails twice with nail polish remover. Use a nonacetone product, like Priti NYC Soy Remover ($11), if possible, since it's less drying. Then, separate your toes with toes spacers and apply a base coat and one coat of pale pink or beige nail polish. You'll hardly be able to see any chips if you find a nice neutral shade. Try Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Royal Blush ($8).
- Wait about a minute, apply a light layer of top coat, and voilà — you're finished!
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.