5 Steps to Pretty Feet
1. Exfoliate. Whip up a naturally antibacterial foot scrub by mixing the juice of one lemon or lime, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 tablespoon sugar or salt. Scrub heels, tops of feet, and the forgotten areas between toes with a rolled paper towel, advises Karina Restrepo, manicurist and co-owner of Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa in Philadelphia. Then rinse, pat dry, and soften calloused areas, using a natural pumice stone, before rinsing again. Pumice is preferable to a metal file because “your body reads metallic filing as a cut, and skin grows back thicker,” Restrepo says.
2. Moisturize. Restore much-needed moisture to feet and nails by massaging them with olive, almond, jojoba, or coconut oils. At bedtime, opt for shea butter, such as Out of Africa Organic Shea Butter, to replenish cracked heels and soles while you sleep.
3. Groom. Trim and file your nails while they’re dry and less prone to splitting and damage, Restrepo suggests. Afterward, use warm water and a small brush (an old toothbrush works well) to clean crevices around nails. Gently push back cuticles with a cuticle stone.
4. Polish. If you like a pop of color, go with water-based nail polishes (try Acquarella or Suncoat). Before applying, wipe nails free of oil and moisture, which repel water-based lacquers.
5. Protect. Don’t leave feet and toes defenseless against UV rays—even as the days become shorter. Apply a mineral sunblock like Badger SPF 15 Sunscreen for Face & Body before setting foot in the sun.