pedicure season imageDon’t get us wrong: We love boots as much as the next girl, but sandal season simply can’t be topped. Of course, before you slip your feet into this year’s hottest Manolos, you need to make sure that your toes are ready to be seen. How to cast off the winter pumps and get ready to embrace the slingbacks and slides? Here’s some advice from our pedicure experts.

1. Do a little prep work.

If you’re anything like us, you’d prefer to walk into a salon sans foot disasters caused by a season of closed-toe boots. Indulge in some pre-pedicure prepping by removing any leftover polish, trimming back overgrown cuticles and tending to sharp or broken toenails. You can also handle subtle yellowing by squeezing a little fresh lemon over the nails themselves. Your pedicurist will obviously take it from there, but it’s amazing what a touch of pre-gaming can do.

2. Cleanse, scrub and soak.

To give your feet that warm-weather glow, you need to shed the dead skin and irritation that might’ve cropped up during the winter months. Start with a warm soak that includes an essential oil — lavender, tea tree and thyme all have antibacterial properties — and then use an exfoliating product to gently scrub away any flaky skin. Pay special attention to the heels, balls and ankles; these are the areas that tend to get the driest.

3. Give your feet a facial.

We know that actual facials are reserved for, well, your face, but a facial-inspired hydrating mask can work wonders on your feet. You can go one of two ways here: indulge in a for-feet-only product like Lush’s Volcano Foot Mask and Bliss’ Foot Patrol or make your own super-luxurious concoction. The latter is easy; just mix oatmeal, honey, coconut oil and lemon juice into a mask-like consistency, and then slather it on your tootsies for 10 minutes.

4. Formulate an action plan.

What good is a sandal-ready makeover if you don’t keep the results going? Talk to your pedicurist about the best at-home strategies for keeping those toes in tip-top shape. Both exfoliation and hydrating masks are key, but you may want to schedule regular paraffin dips and spa pedicures to keep your feet summer soft.

Ready to indulge in your first pre-spring pedicure? Book an appointment with the specialists at Bella Vita.