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Tuesday Tip: Prepare Your Peds For Summer’s Sexy Sandals

What do these things have in common: leg-baring shorts, shady sun hats, sexy summer sandals?  That’s right, they’ve all been awakened from their long winters nap in the back of your closet. And if you’ve procrastinated on the necessity of upkeep during your foot’s winter hibernation in boots… you’ve probably got some work to do. A picture-pretty pedicure is an essential when it comes to slipping on most of summer’s sexy footwear, so here it is: a few easy solutions to get your feet looking sandal season sexy.

1.  Step one is to apologize to your poor peds by soaking your feet in warm water and epsom salt.  This combo will soften any dead cells and calluses for easy-breezy removal.  And making this a regular ritual can help heal dry, damaged skin, reduce inflammation and relive itching.

2.  Once those tootsies are through with their nice, relaxing soak, pick up a pumice stone and scrub away calluses and any rough patches that may have built up over the winter months (and don’t forget to slap on a generous helping of moisturizer afterwards.)  Regular use of an exfoliating scrub can also help remove dry, dead skin while doing double duty on the moisturizing and deodorizing fronts.

3.  We’re not suggesting that your pretty little feet resemble a hobbits… but most of us (particularly as we get a little older) will start to notice hair on our feet and toes.  The important thing is not to panic.  Instead, pick up some small wax strips (brow size is perfect for toes) from the local drugstore or cosmetics counter and remove the smattering of hairs from the root.  This will eliminate the course, itchy regrowth from shaving that might be irritated by your sandal straps.

4. Now for those toenails.  Broken, misshapen toenails are not the appropriate canvas for summer’s best and brightest nail lacquers, so break out those nail clippers and emery boards and clip and file those poor things.  Square off your toenails, avoiding rounding off or shortening the corners (this will cause ingrown toenails), and your feet will be perfectly primed for a pretty polish.

5. If you find that hiding behind those winter boots have left your feet a few shades lighter than your newly tanned legs, try using a tinted moisturizer for a subtle boost of healthy looking color.

Then slip on those sandals and scoot out the door — you’re adoring public is waiting.

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