Sandal-ready for Spring

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Many of us are still trying to discern when Mother Nature will get the memo that Spring is actually here. Even though our feet may still be imprisoned in sneakers and boots, spring usually arrives suddenly without much notification.  Make sure you’re prepared in advance to adorn your feet with strappy sandals by following these at home pedicure tips. Start with cleansing and soaking feet in warm water. Try using this following home remedy to soak in moisture, while cleansing the feet:

  • 1 cup of buttermilk, or milk (slightly warmed
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 6-7 cups of hot water
  • A few drops of essential oil of your choosing
  • A few drops of your cleansing agent of choice

Once your feet have soaked for a few minutes, use a polishing foot scrub to exfoliate and smooth the rough skin on your feet.  There are several exfoliates that include botanical based ingredients and essential oils.  Rub generous amounts into your feet, and accompany it with a pumice stone or foot file to exfoliate the whole foot. A gentler substitute is a loofah or foot brush. The change in the texture of your skin will be immediately evident.

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To target specific rough areas, try incorporating a callus spray into your pedicure routine. Full of hydrating and dissolving ingredients, the spray actually breaks down layers of rough skin.  Spraying the solution on affected areas rapidly softens dry callus build–up, while deeply penetrating the area with moisture.  The spray can help keep feet completely callus free with regular use. Try online beauty markets, or Sally’s Beauty Supply for these unique pedicure agents.

Once the feet are clean and exfoliated, it’s time to reward them by applying a cooling gel. The gel instantly relieves tired, heavy-feeling feet and locks in moisture.  Choose a gel rich in refreshing scents such as lavender, or one infused with peppermint oil, menthol, or ginseng extract.  Also consider applying upwards into the legs for further relief. 

Finalize your pedicure by sealing in the moisture with a shea butter foot cream. This will keep feet moisturized throughout the day, in various weather elements. The cream immediately softens feet and protects exfoliated areas.  Most shea butter foot creams are also easily accessible at most local drugstores.  Slather on generously, and slip into white cotton socks for overnight healing. You will wake up to naturally lovely feet.

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Once your at-home foot treatment is complete, the final step is to wait for Spring to grace us with its presence!! You’ll already be prepared in advance for the final step of adding a bright floral color your toes.

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