When we were stuffing our feet into boots and socks all winter, going sans-pedicure was no biggie. (Who was looking, anyway?) We didn’t have to worry about strappy sandals giving us blisters, and since we definitely weren’t waking around barefoot with snow on the ground, calluses and splinters were the least of our worries.
But summertime means lots of outdoor activities and open-toed shoes. And let’s face it — neglected feet and unkempt toes are not a pretty sight. To help get your tootsies looking and feeling summer-ready, here are 10 easy ways to pamper your own feet:
1. You don’t need to blow tons of money on salon pedicures
It’s easy to get your feet summer-ready with a safe, at-home pedi. First, soak your feet in lukewarm water to soften your nails. Dig any dirt out from under your nails with an orange stick. Then clip your nails straight across before filing. Don’t cut into the corners of your nails, and don’t clip them too short — that can cause ingrown nails. And never, ever cut your cuticles! They help keep germs away from your skin and nails. When you’re ready for polish, don’t forget to use a base coat to prevent yellowing and a top coat after to help your pedi last longer. Try one of these 8 easy homemade foot scrubs to pamper your tired feet!
2. Bold Polish Colors
Sure, red or pink polish on your toes looks lovely, but why not have some fun and switch to a bolder color? Funky hues are in for summer 2011. So go ahead — opt for a polish in a vibrant coral, turquoise or even purple and you’ll be sure to have the trendiest toes on the boat dock.