Super Smooth Summer Feet

During the summer, feet are on display. Women break out their strappy sandals and sundresses, and head to the salon for a mani-pedi. But salons donít just add a layer of polish and send customers out the door, they give feet the TLC they need. Before adding a candy-colored coat of polish, nail technicians exfoliate and moisturize the skin. They magically make that calloused ring of dry skin that wraps around the heel disappear. Thatís a big deal, because calloused feet can be a summer downer. So, how do you keep your feet looking fresh and fabulous in between salon appointments? Hereís a few tips to make sure feet look fabulous in flips flops and thronged sandals.

  • Moisturize and sleep. At the salon, nail technicians rub a healthy amount of lotion into the feet. You should do the same. Break out a good moisturizer and apply it to your feet at night. Put a pair of socks on to trap the moisture in while you sleep. Itís best to choose a thick moisturizer, something you would use to heal cracked skin during the winter.

  • Buy a pumice stone. If you havenít already, invest in a pumice stone. Nail technicians are experts at removing dead skin, but you can keep the rough patches at bay by pumicing your feet in between salon visits. By rubbing the pitted rock over the calloused area, the layers of dead skin can be removed. Try doing it while in the shower, so the skin is soft and pliable. Take it easy though; rubbing too hard will cause more irritation.

  • Add a paraffin wax at your next salon visit. A paraffin wax coats the hands or feet in warm wax. As it hardens, the ingredients in the wax open the pores and when the wax is peeled away the dead cells go with it. Adding a paraffin wax at your next appointment can keep the dry skin away a bit longer.

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