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Bathtime Challenge: Best Feet Forward

We don’t have much time for lounging in the tub, and we’re betting that you don’t either. But there’s something to be said for stopping to smell the bath salts. Which is why we sampled AHAVA’s bath salts in some of this month’s Birchbox deliveries — just a gentle reminder to take the time to relax! To get you excited, we’re bringing back the Bathtime Challenge, this spring’s five-part series all about soaking and scrubbing. Today: Feet Patrol. 

If you’re like me, getting a pedicure is definitely a once-in-a-while occasion. And even though my bathroom cabinets are chock-full of top pumices, creams, and other nail doodad, I have never been able to get soft, non-cracked heels. So I decided for my last installment of The Bathtime Challenge, I’d put my handy-dandy AHAVA salts to the test and see if they could help me recreate a spa pedi at home.

Using AHAVA’s Honey Herbal bath salts, I took a large pot (yes, a cooking pot), filled it with water, and placed it on the stove to warm. While the water was heating, I then re-created the olive oil scrub from Day 2 in preparation. Once the scrub and water were ready to go, I sat myself in front of the television (my usual place to unwind), poured in a cap full of salt, and dunked my feet in the pot. (Tip: fill the water just high enough so your lower shin is submerged.) Then, I took my scrub and lightly exfoliated, concentrating on my heels since the skin on the top part of my feet is very sensitive. I decided to soak my feet for 10-15 minutes post-scrub until the water turned luke warm. Since your feet will be covered in a slick, oily film from the olive oil mixture, the last step is to wipe them clean using a damp wash cloth. 

Now that you’ve got perfectly prepped feet, the logical next step is slapping on a fun hue. My current favorite: Deborah Lippmann’s sassy My Old Flame.

—Alta

For pedicure-perfect feet, make your own scrub with AHAVA’s Mandarin Cedarwood bath salts. Then, polish your tootsies with Deborah Lippmann’s My Old Flame polish. 

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