Get Feet Fit For Sandals
In the coming weeks (or even now, if you’re so lucky), before you slip into that dress you bought post season and on sale, you’ll likely bare your feet in a sandal—the first step, if you will, on the staircase of shorter, lighter, and brighter attire. We call it spring. But if you treated your feet like the Baha Men over the winter and have all but forgotten about them, you’ll need to get your feet fit for view. I’m not here to judge, but I am here to help.
It starts with the PedEgg, which is 70% of the solution to smooth feet. Imagine your foot is a block of cheese, then PedEgg is the grater (sorry but it had to be done). PedEgg gently files rough skin and cracked heels, and traps foot shavings within its hollowed shell. Foot files and pumice stones can’t compete with this little plastic cup of genius (just don’t go all Vin Diesel and use it fast and furiously).
PedEgg is just the first step in a smooth feet diet. Daily care is the next, beginning in the shower, where exfoliating gloves refine skin all over. Better than loofahs (because they are washable) and more effective than washcloths (because they lather body wash much better), exfoliating wash gloves maintain the smoothness PedEgg initiates (and it’s a welcome bonus that they keep your body smooth too). I use these by Earth Therapeutics.
Post shower, you’ll need to moisturize, because cleanliness is next to godliness and ashiness is the tenth circle of Hell. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that there’s a better foot cream than AmLactin, because there isn’t. And if you insist on not heeding my advice, trust podiatrists, who recommend AmLactin more often than any other brand. The magic is in the ingredients, which include a blend of lactic acids that stretch the exfoliating work of the PedEgg and gloves. I rub the cream all over my soles and heels (AmLactin, by the way, is not recommended for use between toes).
The one caveat with AmLactin—and this is less of a caveat and more of a reminder that you should be doing this anyway—is that the lactic acid in AmLactin makes skin more vulnerable to sun damage, so couple the foot cream with sunscreen (and this is when Clarins’ Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30 comes in handy).
I like to pair AmLactin with a super thick cream—especially around my heel and big toe—to seal in moisture and ensure chalky feet don’t emerge midday. For this, Gold Bond’s Ultimate Shea Butter Lotion is like a Potbelly Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie—it’ll never let you down—while Georgia by Jodie Patterson’s Luxury Skin Oil is a super decadent option as well (and much more analogous to one of Ladurée’s fancy treats).
Years ago, I read that a certain celebrity traced gold-flaked highlighter along the top of her feet to appear picture perfect (literally from head to toe) in paparazzi shots. It’s certainly an extra step that can be skipped altogether, but I have to admit that my feet do look banging after a touch of Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Sea of Showers. Ready for my close up.