Best of Spring Beauty: Treats and Tools for Feet and Perfect Pedicures



Spring is the perfect time to put away the boots and break out of the rough, dry skin that we tend to get during the bitter winter months. New life is all around in nature, so why not continue the trend by welcoming fresh, soft skin on your feet? Pedicures, foot files, and pedicure tools, foot scrubs, and hydrating foot creams and lotions offer an effective means to a great end – soft, smooth feet! Here are our top beauty picks of treats for your feet this spring.

Microplane XL Pro Foot File

Beauty products for feet are becoming more and more abundant. Stores are lining their shelves with everything from at-home pedicure kits to specialized, battery-powered tools to gently slough off dry, dead skin cells. Here we offer a rundown of the spring’s top products to get your feet in beach-ready shape, for flip-flops, strappy sandals, and of course, barefoot relaxation.

YogaToes®
Many of us know that yoga is great for the body, mind, and spirit, but… for the toes? Sure – why not! Exercise keeps the body healthy and fit, so it makes sense that exercise can also improve the health of our feet.

YogaToes® are made of soft and flexible, hypo-allergenic medical grade gel that carries a lifetime guarantee. They are surprisingly soft, comfortable, and easy to use – just slip them onto your tootsies and relax! (You can hold them under running water to make it easier to get them on.) The flexible band of gel gently and effectively stretches and strengthens the muscles in your feet, which relaxes tired feet and helps to repair and prevent foot problems.

I received my YogaToes in the mail on a Friday, after a long week at work. Sitting down in front of the television with my husband, I decided to see what I thought. They easily slipped right over my toes, and while I could feel them stretching my feet, it was a comfortable and pleasant stretch. I kept the YogaToes on for roughly 15 to 20 minutes and instantly felt a difference in my feet when I removed them.

YogaToes are available as gift sets....

As a former runner and wearer of cleats in other sports, I look forward to continued use and improvement in the health of my feet. YogaToes really are like yoga for the feet. The refreshing stretch offered by YogaToes makes me feel great, as if I’d just had a pedicure. Now that would be an interesting pairing!

YogaToes are available in unisex small and medium sizes, where most women fit in size small, and most men wear size medium. The colors give YogaToes a nice touch, from orange, pink, crystal, or sapphire to metallic blue, green apple, black, or silver.

Learn more about YogaToes on the YogaPro Web site, http://yogapro.com/.

Microplane® Personal Care XL-Pro Foot File
The Microplane® Personal Care XL Pro Foot File is a comfortable and easy way to get softer feet for spring. This must-have beauty tool can give you the results you’ve been seeking instantly. Use the Microplane XL Pro Foot File to gently and effectively buff away rough calluses, revealing the soft and smooth skin underneath.

Available in two colors, Marbled Earth or Tuscan Gold, the foot file features a long handle and replacable cartridge, and a built-in compartment. As you filed away the dead skin cells from your feet, the built-in compartment catches the skin particles safely and effectively. You can clean the foot file easily with soap and water after each use – just read the instructions to see how to take it apart.

I used my Microplane XL Pro Foot File and noticed favorable results immediately, where the roughest areas on my feet suddenly felt softer and smoother. Since it was my first time using the file, I felt like my feet still had some rough patches from the scraping motion, so I just applied foot cream before bed for a more comfortable sleep. After using the file several more times over the course of a week, I noticed silky, soft skin on my feet rather than rough, dry skin.

The Microplane XL-Pro Foot File retails for $29.95 at various stores such as Bed, Bath, and Beyond, QVC, Ulta, Beauty First/Pure Beauty stores, salons and spas nationwide, and at http://www.microplane.com/.

Artemis Woman Heel Smoother
Artemis Woman Heel SmootherThe Artemis Woman Heel Smoother is a battery operated pedicure tool. This product features special DuraCrystals®, which are comprised of aluminum oxide crystals – the same as used in microdermabrasion treatments. Artemis Woman Heel Smoothers use removable and interchangeable tips for use on different parts of the foot. The larger oval tip worked fairly well for my heel, while the smaller, thinner tip was gentle and more forgiving on my toes.

At first, the tool may seem a little intimidating to try, as it did for me. Don’t be worried! It just takes a few moments of practice, though, to get down a rhythm and find your best approach to exfoliating the dead skin cells from your feet. In my experience, it takes several uses before feet are perfect, but this is understandable due to a long winter’s worth of dry skin. Truth be told, I noticed a positive difference, especially in my heels, immediately after use.

The Artemis Woman Heel Smoother is available in four package types. The heel smoother is available in either a waterproof or non-waterproof version. Some packages include a 1 oz. jar of Topaz™ Foot Butter, which contains aromatherapy essentials – oils of lemon, tea tree, and bergamot, as well as real topaz crystals to nourish and moisturize skin.

The packages retail prices range from $16 to $19.99 for the non-waterproof heel smoother, $19.99 for the HS-250 (which is waterproof), $29.99 for the HS-1000 and a jar of foot butter, and $49.95 for the rechargeable Heel Smoother Optimum HS-5000, which comes with a variety of tips and a jar of foot butter. Artemis Woman Heel Smoothers are sold at Wal-Mart, Target, The Sharper Image, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, QVC, Sky Mall, Amazon.com, and more. For more on this product, see http://www.artemiswoman.com/.

Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Foot Butter, 2.5 oz….


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