It’s Cassi here today and with the weather warming up, I figured it’d be a great opportunity to talk about getting your feet pedi-ready for spring sandals.
Pedicures are awesome, but let’s face it –
a.) they’re not always the most sanitary option
b.) they require me putting on clothes and leaving my house and
c.) money doesn’t grow on trees???
So as a licensed nail technician, let me divulge some secrets that will whip your feet into shape (in the comfort of your own home!) all without breaking the bank.
Dry heels and calluses are super common. We’re on our feet all day and many of us don’t wear shoes that truly fit our feet properly, so all that squeezing and rubbing leaves you with calluses and cracked heels. When you get a pedicure, your nail tech can use a heel treatment to provide intense exfoliation of the bottoms of your feet. If you’ve ever had this treatment done yourself, it probably looked like a gel or a thick cream that they slathered on then left for 10-15 minutes before wiping and rinsing away. The key ingredient in these treatments is urea – a natural exfoliant, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizer. These three properties make it the perfect thing to slough off all that thick, dead skin that builds up on the bottom of your feet. Luckily, you don’t need to take a trip to the spa to treat your feet with urea! Foot masks like our Tony Moly Intensive Heel Patch contain urea at non-clinical, safe levels.
The Tony Moly Intensive Heel Patch holds true to its namesake. Urea is the third ingredient in the list and this patch provides an intense treatment for dry, cracked heels. It’s meant to be worn overnight and according to the directions, can also be used on your elbows and knees.
Physical exfoliation is always a great option in between urea treatments and Tony Moly’s Shiny Foot Scrub Wash is an especially refreshing choice. This scrub wash bubbles up and contains peppermint extract which cools down tired, worn feet.
The only way to prevent dry, cracked feet is really to moisturize. Once you exfoliate the dead skin away, keep it at bay by regularly moisturizing your feet. One trick you can do at home is a hot-towel treatment! All you have to do is run some hand towels under hot water (be careful not to burn yourself!) and wring them out. Then, slather feet in your favorite lotion, wrap them up in plastic bags or Saran Wrap and wrap the hot towels on top. You may have to play a little back-and-forth with getting the temperature right on the towels, but the heat will open up pores and help the lotion absorb and work its magic. Plus, hot towels are just… amazing. Try The Saem’s Mint Jungle Foot Cream for an especially refreshing sensation!
Those are some quick tips to help get your feet in shape for sandals. Check out our other pedi products here! Do you have any other at-home tips for pampering pedis? Let us know in the comments!