Friday, May 11, 2012

Sexy Summer Feet

(Originally Posted Thursday, June 23, 2011)
So our feet have been safely under wraps all winter, but here we are in sandals and barefoot season!  Are your feet summer-ready?  Well if you would like to get some at-home tips to prepare them for this foot-baring season or would just like some inexpensive DIY options to help extend the time between professional pedicures, you are in the right place!

Interestingly enough, the very same things we covered in the January newsletter for dry winter feet are the very same things that will help you achieve sexy summer feet!  Basically, this highly effective treatment is done using plain table sugar!  You can read the whole article, Ugh! I Hate My Dry, Disgusting Winter Feet! or you can follow along below where I will reproduce the pertinent information and provide a link so you can see the results of before-and-after pictures using different versions of a simple, at-home sugar scrub.  Just be sure to click the link called "Back to Summer Feet" on the last picture page to bring you back here.

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  All the Treatments Worked Very Well, But Differently

  • Pumice Only:  Using a pumice stone (or similar product) on feet softened from a shower or bath does a good job to get rid of the roughest outiside layers.  I had been doing this alone periodically with some improvement, but still wasn't satisfied with these results alone.  However, I see this as an important first step to lay the groundwork for the following treatments. 
  • Sugar/Water Scrub:  The natural alpha hydroxy acids in the sugar made great progress "eating away" the rough, dry skin leaving it feeling very smooth.  The sugar keeps on working even after it's dissolved and rinses clean away.  However, it still showed dryness in the cracks.
  • Sugar/Oil Scrub:  The sugar didn't seem to to "eat away" the rough, dry skin, as much as it manually scrubbed it away, while the olive oil provided lubrication and moisture to help protect my feet while I continued scrubbing, leaving the skin feeling very smooth and nice.
  • Rescue Balm:  The Rescue Balm really seemed to be the cherry on top in this whole process.  It removed all last traces of dryness in the cracks and left it smooth and protected.  It continued to work over the long haul and the best part is that several hours later my foot still looked good!
In summary, any one of these treatments alone, or in combination with 2 or more, made definite improvements in my feet.  However, If you are in need of drastic measures (like me) or you're just looking to give yourself an extra special at-home beauty treatment, doing all 4 is the ticket!

So what would sexy summer feet be, especially after the wonderful DIY treatments above, without topping them off with a great coat of nail polish?  Obviously, you may all have your own favorites, and I am absolutely no expert in this arena, but my personal favorite to date is one I picked up from River Market Coop called No-Miss.  The color was rich, beautiful, glossy, long-lasting, dried pretty quickly, came off easily when I wanted to take it off, and most importantly, it didn't leave my nail yellow, brittle and dry like every other commercial product I've used in the past.

Tell me what you think of this article and let us know how the treatments worked for you.  And please share your own tips for great summer feet!

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