By Alix Turoff
Around this time of year we start obsessing over how to get the perfect bikini body by summer or a flawless faux tan in minutes. We pay all this attention to our abs, butts and glow that we often neglect to hone in on the things that get us from home to the beach in the first place: our feet! And, well, winter’s dry weather and closed-toe shoes can be particularly hard on our soles, wearing down the skin and causing our tootsies to feel rough and dry… until now. Here, we’ve found the best products for turning this winter damage around, just in time for sandal season!
Exfoliate. Priti Deep Organic Sugar Scrub, $20 at pritinyc.com
When we heard Priti had a sugar scrub for our feet, we were practically sold before even trying it – and we weren’t disappointed. Packed with alpha-hydroxy acids, this scrub easily sloughs off dead, dull, dry skin, while mint and rosemary oils help to alleviate stress, mental fatigue and stimulate cell renewal. After a long winter on your feet, this is the key to sandal season revival.
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Peel. Pevonia Botanica Silky Foot Peel, $15 at dermstore.com
Who doesn’t like the idea of literally peeling away that dismal layer of wintery, dead skin to reveal silky, soft feet? We certainly do, which is why we tried out Pevonia’s peel that exfoliates dead skin cells while also moisturizing the feet with a combination of Salicylic Acid and Pumice powder, a great weapon for fighting stubborn calluses. Just apply and peel away!
Moisturize. Lush Fair Trade Foot Lotion, $21.95 at lushusa.com
We’ll admit it: we’re suckers for cute packaging. But we’re really suckers for cute packaging and awesome results – and this minty lotion has has sold. With cocoa butter to moisturize and mint for a refreshing ache relief, this cream restores feet to pre-winter conditions. For even better results, apply lotion and wrap your feet in plastic wrap for an hour.
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Mist. June Jacobs Peppermint Moisturizing Foot Mist, $40 at dermstore.com
This all-natural, vitamin-packed foot mist helps to soothe, refresh and revive our weathered soles. With peppermint to reduce swelling; peach and apricot kernel oils (rich in fatty acids and vitamins) to soften; and squalane (extracted from Spanish olives) to helps cells regenerate, it’s not only highly effective, but also super easy to use and great to toss in your gym bag for a post-workout pick-me-up!