How to Get Sandal-Ready Toes Without Leaving Your Apartment
Apr 18, 2011 - by Amanda Gabriele
It's not quite warm enough for sandals yet, but we're getting closer. Are your toes ready for exposure? Mine are definitely not. But if you're in the same boat, not to worry because you can get sandal-ready feet in no time from the comfort of your own home. Check out the six easy steps below and prepare to wear your most baring shoes.
1. Soak feet to soothe and prepare: Soaking feet will soften and prepare them for the pedicure ahead. Adding bath salts to warm water will soothe feet and relax tired muscles. Carol's Daughter Body Aches Bath Salts include essential oils of tea tree, lavender and peppermint for an aromatic and pampering experience.
2. Scrub-a-dub-dub: Before your feet can be at their very softest, you need to remove all those dead skin cells. The easiest way to do it is on the side of your tub before getting into the shower. Caudalie Merlot Friction Scrub uses crushed grape seeds, essential oils and sugar to buff away dry skin and make your feet glow.
3. Moisturizing is key: All of that dead skin buffing will be thrown out the window if you don't lock in moisture with a good foot cream. Use a liberal amount from ankles to toes after showering. L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream is enriched with lavender essential oil to relieve tired, inflamed feet while shea butter soothes and softens skin.
4. Buff and file toenails: If you don't want to polish toes, this can be your last step in the sandal ready feet process. File nails straight across, not round, to avoid ingrown toenails. Buff and shine nails to get that salon pedicure glow. The Sephora Collection 4-Step Nail Buffer has the instructions written on the tool to get beautifully shiny nails with no effort at all.
5. Soften and nourish cuticles: Even if you don't want to cut your cuticles, it's important to moisturize and pamper them. Apply a dab to each fingernail and gently rub into your cuticles. Butter of London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil contains tons of vitamins and natural oils that smell great and will make your fingers feel even better.
6. Polish time: You've primped your feet, so now it's time to polish those toes. Make sure to swipe a cotton ball soaked with nail polish remover over toenails to eliminate oils or lotion that could prevent polish from sticking. Start with a base coat, like OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, then apply your favorite spring color. Finish with a top coat like Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat to preserve that gorgeous pedicure for days!