During the winter you probably don’t think about your feet as they are swathed in socks and shoes, or layers of coverage that include boots if you live in a cold climate. As soon as the weather starts getting warm, though, your mind turns to thoughts of strappy heels and cute flip-flops, and panic sets in as you take a look at your mistreated tootsies. Don’t worry. You can get your feet ready for summer weather and cute footwear in no time with a few at-home pedicure treatments.
Soak your feet in a tub of warm water for 10 minutes. The warm water will soften the dead skin, making it easier to remove.
Mix a batch natural exfoliants to scrub away calluses and hydrate feet. Good Housekeeping suggests mixing half a pint of crushed, ripe strawberries, two tablespoons of olive oil and a cup of brown sugar. You also can mix two teaspoons of honey, a cup of brown sugar and a quarter-cup of mineral oil for an extra-hydrating exfoliant.
Scoop the exfoliant into your hand and gently rub it over your heels, working your way slowly to the toes.
Rinse the scrub and dab dry with a clean towel. You won’t need to apply lotion because the scrub is naturally hydrating.
Rub away leftover calluses with a pumice stone. Rinse any dead skin and dab dry with a clean towel.
Push the cuticles of your toenails back with a cuticle stick while they are still soft from the soak, and cut your toenails straight across. File them into a rounded shape.
Make your toenails look naturally healthy by applying a coat of clear nail polish.
- Never cut your nails into an oval shape. This can cause ingrown toenails.