Hands and feet fix
Pamper your hardworking mitts and tootsies, they’ll thank you
top tootsies Tackle the dryness
As winter comes to a close, you’ll soon be swapping socks for sandals, a scary thought maybe. Your feet may not look their prettiest but they can be in as little as 20 minutes. Find a tub of warm water, a towel and your choice of the following foot products, then follow these easy steps.
1 Remove surface dryness
Unless you are a regular foot scrubber you will have a build up of dead skin on your feet. Your heels and soles will have the toughest patches, but even the tops of your feet, including between your toes, will have a build-up of dryness. What to do Soak your feet in warm water for five minutes then, one at a time, massage each with a foot or body scrub. Do each foot twice before rinsing well. Try La Source Warming Foot Smoother, $25, Crabtree & Evelyn (top right). Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Scrub, $14.99, Sanctuary Spa.
2 Trim, shape and file nails
Nails are always growing and needing attention but during the winter months, let’s be honest, you’re less likely to
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be as fussy about the end result. But when the time comes to wear sandals, you do want your nails to be well shaped and neat.
What to do While your feet are still soft after the soak, gently move back your cuticles using a cuticle pusher then trim any overhang with a cuticle trimmer. Use nail clippers to cut excess nail length and a nail file to refine the shape and smooth the edges.
Try 5 Piece Manicure Set, $19.99; and Cuticle Trimmer and Pusher, $9.95, Manicare.
3 Soften and soothe skin
Another pair of hands would be most welcome if you love receiving more than giving a foot massage, but doing it yourself still delivers great results.
What to do While your feet are soft after being soaked and pampered, the skin will be most absorbent so it’s the best time to work in a good dose of foot cream.
If they’re particularly dry apply more cream before bed and sleep in cotton socks.
Try Mama Bee Leg & Foot Creme, $24.95, Burt’s Bees (bottom right). Feet Heel Balm, $11.54, QV Skincare (bottom middle). NS-8 Heel Balm Complex, $11.45, Nutri-synergy
(top left). Lavender
Foot Mask, $6,