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Soothe Your Soles: Feet-Pampering Tips

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Pounding workouts. Tight shoes. Your poor feet take a beating every day. These pampering secrets and healing techniques will speed them into sandal-ready shape.

Pedicure How-Tos

Pedi, Set, Go!

You run every morning but don't want your feet to show it. Soften tired tootsies with these pampering moves for active girls from Robbie Schaeffer of Rob/B Salon, an OPI concept salon in Studio City, California.

Step 1: Fill the tub with a few inches of warm water and a capful of sea salts, a natural muscle relaxer. Or try Burt's Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals ($9.99, target.com). Soak your feet for five minutes to reduce swelling.

Step 2: Cut toenails straight across, then round the pointy edges with a file, to prevent ingrown nails.

Step 3: Using circular motions, scrub feet and calves with a skin polisher, like Sephora Body Super Foot Scrub ($10, sephora.com), to remove dead cells.

Step 4: Instead of shaving off calluses completely -- exercisers need them as protective padding -- apply a callus softener that is packed with nonabrasive chemical exfoliators, like alpha hydroxy acids, on the bottom of each foot. After a few minutes, rub soles with a file until smooth to the touch.

Step 5: Rinse feet, pat dry, and apply cuticle oil to prevent hangnails. Then layer on a moisturizer made with super-emollient petrolatum. We like Dr. Scholl's For Her Ultra Overnight Foot Cream ($4.99, drugstores).

Top Coats

Be bold. These colors are bright, versatile, and ultra-fun to wear.

Green day: Rich jewel tones, such as OPI Nail Lacquer in Jade Is the New Black ($8.50, opi.com for locations), will resist flaking if you swipe an extra thin dab of the polish on just the tips of your nails.

Orange you glad? For a low-key look, try a poppy shade, like Essie Nail Polish in Tart Deco ($8, essie.com). It has fewer pigment particles than darker hues, so it won't show chips as easily, says Jin Soon, a manicurist in New York City.

Rock star: Prevent polishes, such as stone-tinted Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic ($7, drugstores), from clumping by letting each coat dry for two minutes before swiping on another layer.

Purple power: Add a layer of shiny topcoat to keep vivid shades, like Revlon Nail Enamel in Grape Icy ($4.79, drugstores), looking sophisticated. Bonus: This polish is scented, so you'll get whiffs of yummy grape soda.

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MsMSK wrote:

Cool! I've been wearing Commander in Chic by Sally Hansen since this Winter. It is trés chic indeed. I found it whilst in search of a taupe color which I still haven't found. Any suggestions?

6/27/2010 03:49:58 PM Report Abuse
mindylouhoo8 wrote:

Well, I wear a shade that's pretty darn close to the pink one shown and it's by 'Milani' and called, 'Glitzy Glam' #09. You can check at Walgreens, some carry that brand and some don't. Also, Ulta may carry it. But just thought I would reply and tell you this. p.s. It looks darker in the bottle, but it comes out lighter, so don't worry. :)

6/27/2010 12:26:47 PM Report Abuse
dcaiazza wrote:

Part of the Tiki punch family.

6/27/2010 10:44:56 AM Report Abuse
jodyy24 wrote:

what is the nail polish name for the pink shade in the picture i love it and it doesnt tell what it is!!!

6/27/2010 10:36:40 AM Report Abuse

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