Those are not my feet. Why, you ask? Well because the internet is a weird place, and I’m not ready to deal with some sweaty dude leaving comments about my toes. They can leave comments about these fake, anonymous toes. Ha, Jokes on them!
It has come to my attention that there’s a new Clarisonic for your feet, and let me tell you I NEED IT IN MY LIFE. I am diligent about caring for my feet for two reasons. The first one is that pedicures are expensive, which is culture shock for me because I hail from Queens, land of the 12 dollar pedi. Apparently that is just not the case in most places. I had no idea until I left, so now I make it even more of a point to try to extend the time between pedicures.
The second reason is because dry feet are gross. Sorry, I don’t like to make generalizations in case someone is offended but I think this is one we can all agree on, no? So before I go forth down a new path of sonic powered foot scrubbing, let’s talk about how you can keep your tootsies nice between trips to the salon.
1. Start in the Shower or Bath: Just like with the rest of your body, exfoliation is key. The shower or bath is the best time to start getting the dead skin off your feet. The warm water is your friend, since it will soften it all up and make it easy to remove. I like to wait until the end of the shower or bath and and use my pumice stone all over the bottom of my feet. Then I scrub the tops of my feet, especially around my toe nails with a natural bristle body brush. This helps with the skin around the toenails. I’m hoping the Clarisonic Pedi will both replace and improve these steps, but I’ll keep you posted when I find out.
Oh, and if you happen to have any really moisturizing bath bombs laying around, soak in one of those and then scrub your feet. They’ll be SUPER soft.
2. Moisturize and Lock it in: Once you have scrubbed the dead/dry skin off now it’s time to moisturize. What I like to do is use my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream around my toes and cuticles. I find that keeps them really soft and less dry looking for way longer. You know when it starts to look white around the edges of your toe nails? That’s what I’m trying to avoid. For the rest of the foot I choose a thick lotion like a body butter and slather my whole foot in it, right over the top of the 8 Hour cream around my nails. I’ve been using the coconut body butter from Trader Joe’s. It’s so cheap and it smells like a unicorn had a baby with a coconut.
So your feet are greased up and ready to go. . .but now what? You cant even walk. This is when I like to put on my big fuzzy spa socks and lock all that moisture in. It works better, and you won’t break your neck. Win-win.
You can go out and spend a bit of money on the fancy ones with gel inside because they work well, but they get gross so quickly that it sorta seems like a waste. Not to mention it feels really funny. I just look for fuzzy spa style socks on sale whenever I can. I often find them online or every once in a while I see them on sale in a store like Bath and Body, or for example I got the stripey ones in that picture at the Gap outlet especially for this post because I didn’t want you guys to have to look at my gross old socks. Awwwww <3 They were only like four bucks so it’s not a big deal, stop gushing.
If you can manage to keep the socks on overnight while you sleep, then that is ideal. Usually I go to bed with them on and wind up kicking them off in my sleep. Apparently my feet are nudists. Damn hippies! But try it anyway, becasue half the night is better than nothing if your feet just can’t keep their clothes on.
So do these things as often as you can, and it should greatly extend the time between when you need to get a pedicure at a salon. I like to scrub my feet during every shower, but I do the whole moisture routine around 3 times a week.