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cracked feet

Its that time again to bring out the sandals, flip - flops, and heels ladies. Dry cracked heels are never fun to deal with. Many of us just go to the nail salon and get a pedicure, but not everyone has the time or the money to do such a thing. So here are some tips on getting your feet ready for the great weather ahead.

My Top 3 Tips for Dry Cracked Feet:

  1. Soak your feet in warm, soapy water. Hot water tends to make the skin dry out faster. If your feet are achy as well try putting a little bit of Epsom Salts in your water as well. If you have a foot spa that you don't use this is the time to whip it out and put it to good use. 10 to 15 minutes of soaking is usually enough
  2. Time to exfoliate! Exfoliating your feet takes all the dead skin off your feet. You can do this many different ways. You can use a pumice stone,  a towel, a loofa, or a foot scrub. Do what you like to get the dead skin off and reveal that soft skin underneath. Some choose to use two of these methods of exfoliating as well. If you use a foot scrub try to use one with medium sized grains and has some type of moisturizing agent.
  3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisture. After soaking and basically scrubbing your feet to death your going to need to lather your feet up with a good moisturizer. There are plenty out there, so pick one of your choice and use a quarter - sized dollop on your feet and lower legs. Massage your feet in a circular motion. This might also be a great time to have that significant other do you a favor.

You can now clip, push back those cuticles, buff those nails, and paint away. These 3 tips are my favorite things to do in between pedicures or even when I don't have the time to go to the nail salon. Below I am also including a few products that will help you with these steps.

1. Epsom Salts

Epson Salts

Nikki Recommends: Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Relax, Eucalyptus, Spearmint. $5.99; Drugstore.com Photo Courtesy of Drugstore.com.

2. Soak

Nikki Recommends: Effervescent Foot Soak - Footloose & Fancy Fizz. $15; BathandBodyWorks.comPhoto Courtesy of BathandBodyWorks.com

2. Pumice Stone

Nikki Recommends: No More Rough Stuff Pumice. $3.60; TheBodyShop.comPhoto Curtesy of TheBodyShop.com

3. Foot Scrub

Nikki Recommends: Smoothing Foot Scrub - Toe the Line. $15; BathandBodyWorks.comPhoto Courtesy of BathandBodyWorks.com

4. Heel Treatment

Nikki Recommends: Cracked Heel Treatment - Heel Approval, $20; BathandBodyworks.comPhoto Courtesy of BathandBodyworks.com

5. Moisturizer 

Nikki Recommends: Soap & Glory Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream. $16; Sephora.comPhoto Courtesy of Sephora.com