If you're a spring bride, a summer bride, or really just someone who wants to make sure their feet don't look like claws as we all come out on the other side of this long, cold winter, we sympathize. We ourselves have been hiding our feet beneath layers and layers of tights, thick socks, and boots, having semi-given-up on our regular pedicure routines, only to realize warm weather is around the corner (eek!). So what is one to do, as warm weather quickly approaches, to prepare the world for seeing our toes and heels out and about in the sandals we've been waiting to wear for months? We're glad you asked.
For soon-to-be-brides, some words of advice: prep, prep, prep. Even if you're planning on getting a pedicure right before your walk down the aisle, some good old-fashioned planning ahead and upkeep in the months prior is key to making sure your feet stay soft and uncalloused all the way through your honeymoon.
Here are our favorite products to get those tootsies in tip-top condition, so you aren't panicking mere days before you slip on those open-toed heels.
The Game Changer
We're sure you've heard of the cult classic Baby Foot, and this peel by Tony Moly is just as effective and just as grossly satisfying as the original—but at a cheaper price point. This is for those who really need a total foot refresh, as all the dead skin and calluses will slowly peel off and leave you with smooth, soft, sandal-ready feet.
$13.50 (SHOP NOW)
The Spa Refresh
If your feet are already in pretty decent shape and you want a treatment that's a little less intensive than a full-on peel, try this foot mask from Lush that we love. Called the Volcano mask because it contains pumice, it softens the skin on your feet, especially if you wrap your tootsies in plastic wrap to really lock in the moisture. When you wash it off, be sure to rub the mask into your feet to get a little scrubbing action in from the pumice.
$14 (SHOP NOW)
The In-Between Pedicures Tool
This polishing file is perfect for getting rid of pesky dead skin in between pedicures. It's also ideal for trips (a pre-honeymoon getaway, perhaps?), when you don't want to bring a lot of other foot products along. Plus, it's much more effective (and quicker) than your run-of-the-mill buffing stone—believe us, we tried them both and this one is definitely worth a little more of an investment! Keep this baby washed and it will last you much longer than a pumice stone.
$47 (SHOP NOW)
Restore and Relax
Been tromping around on those hooves enough that they're aching and cracked? Slather on some of this balm made with avocado (you already knew it was good for your skin) and peppermint (calming and smells so good) after a soak. Then slip on some thick, cozy socks before bed to continue the treatment while you sleep. Wake up with moisturized, replenished, ready-for-walkin' feet.
$24 (SHOP NOW)
For Stubborn Callouses
Have a few callouses that won't go away, even with peeling masks? The Amopé Pedi Perfect is just the thing to smooth down those especially annoying spots—it takes a little more time than a regular foot file, but the electronic element takes some of the work out of it on your end. This version is for dry skin, but they have other versions for wet or dry.
$30 (SHOP NOW)