Photography by: Dominick Guillemot
Finally, it’s sandal weather! If you’re not thrilled about baring your soles, treat yourself to a professional pedicure early in the season. Even if you do it yourself afterward, you’ll give your toes a head start in looking their best. Then, keep it up on your own. If you live near a beach, take advantage of the sand as a natural exfoliant. “Take a long walk near the water where the sand is looser and water can wash over your feet,” says Stephanie Whittier, L.M.T., C.S.T., a New York Citybased wellness expert and licensed massage therapist. “Then walk backward, digging your heels in with each step.” It’s a fun way to get rid of unsightly calluses! At home, use a sea salt scrub and a pumice stone to peel away dead skin, and apply a soothing, hydrating oil on your toenails to keep them primed for polish. If your tootsies need extra pampering, pile on an emollient cream, concentrating on your heels, then wear cotton socks over the treatment while you sleep.
1 Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme with Vitamin E ($9; burtsbees .com) hydrates dry feet with emollient oils of coconut and lanolin.
2 H2O Plus Pumice Foot Scrub ($15; h2oplus .com) polishes feet with volcanic pumice and menthol.
3 essie spa Ylang Ylang Leg and Foot Massage Oil ($15 for 2 ounces; essie.com) smoothes rough spots and cuticles; rub all over your feet for five minutes.
4 Avon Footworks Tropical Coconut Sea Salt Foot Scrub ($5; avon.com) contains natural sand to soften hardened spots.
5 Earth Therapeutics Organic Cotton Thermal Socks ($10; earththerapeutics.com) has an inner layer infused with rich cocoa butter that lasts through 15 washes.
You’ve got your front covered, but how about your back view? “It’s so easy to forget the areas you don’t see very often, like your elbows,” says Whittier. Take a peek at these neglected joints in a mirror. Notice dry, flaky skin? First, avoid rubbing or scratching the area, which will only aggravate your skin; next, exfoliate your elbows in the shower. When you get out, apply a generous amount of vitamin E oil (while skin is still damp), followed by a body lotion to seal in the moisture.
1 Alba Botanica Very Emollient Original Unscented Body Lotion ($11; albabotanica.com) feels super hydrating without being greasy.
2 Aveda Caribbean Therapy Body Scrub ($8; aveda.com) scrubs away dead cells with sugar cane and softens skin with coconut oil.
3 Yes to Carrots Hand and Elbow Moisturizing Cream ($10; yestocarrots .com) contains beta carotene and pumpkin to deeply moisturize.
4 Hugo Naturals Brown Sugar and Kumquat Body Polish ($13; hugonaturals .com) uses arnica montana flower extract, a skin smoother.
5 Jason Vitamin E Oil ($6; jason-natural .com) uses sunflower and avocado oils to reach skin’s deepest layers.
SUMMER’S SECRET WEAPON
A surefire way to feel ready to bare all—instantly? Self-tanner. To score a subtle glow, try these goof-proof picks.
1. Neutrogena MicroMist Airbrush Sunless Tan ($11; neutrogena.com) Reach hard-toget- to spots with this misting tanner, which works even when you turn it upside down.
2. Kate Somerville360 Tanning Towelettes ($48 for 8; katesomerville.com) Miss a spot? Just swipe one of these tanning towelettes over the area to even out your color.
3. tarte cosmetics CelluFight Anti-Cellulite Self Tanner ($15; sephora.com) Target cellulite with this multitasking self-tanner, which contains caffeine to smooth out dimpled skin.