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Rescue Summer-Ravaged Feet with a DIY Pedicure


I’ve spent the past few months prancing around in my slimmest sandals. While all this prancing has been wonderful for parading around my sandal collection, the constant exposure to the elements left my feet in bad shape. To cure my rough callouses, dry skin, and aching arches, I decided to try an at-home pedicure. Here’s my guide to treating your tootsies to a little TLC.

1. Get splashy in a foot bath. Fill a large bowl or your bathtub with enough warm water to reach your ankles. Add a few drops of essential oil, and soak your feet for five to ten minutes. I recommend NUXE’s Multi-Usage Dry Oil, which is packed with essential oils that soften rough skin.

2. Soften stubborn callouses. Empty the bowl and refill with clean, warm water. Using a salt- or sugar-based scrub, gently buff away calluses on your heels, the balls of your feet, and your toes. I love Sabon®’s hardworking body scrub because the mineral-rich formula uses Dead Sea salt to remove expired cells.

3. Follow with an +A moisturizer. Rinse off the scrub, and pat your feet dry. Slather your feet with a thick layer of moisture. Try Sabon®’s Foot Cream, which is formulated with aloe, plus tingly camphor and menthol. For even more moisturizing power, slip on a pair of socks and let the creamy lotion sink in overnight. Dab Yu-Be’s Moisturizing Skin Cream on extra stubborn dry patches. Packed with glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, the healing formula seals in moisture and protects skin from the elements.

4. Prep for polish.  Using a cotton ball, swipe each toe nail with a with nail polish remover—this will remove any lingering oils. Rinse and follow with a layer of basecoat. I like Deborah Lippmann’s Hard Rock Base & Top Coat, which helps to strengthen and hydrate nails.

5. Paint on your color. Choose your shade and carefully paint on your polish. Let your polish dry and follow with a topcoat. In anticipation of fall’s cooler temperatures, I chose Deborah Lippmann’s My Old Flame Nail Lacquera classic red polish.

I can’t claim my pedi looked straight-from-the-salon but my feet did feel smooth and soft. It’ll be boot season soon, but I have a few more weeks to prance around in my favorite sandals.


All month we’re donating 15 percent of proceeds from sales in the Birchbox Shop to Pencils of Promise. There’s just a few days left of August—better get shopping!

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