Pretty Summer-Ready Feet

By Leslie Goldman

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Cool It Now

When your summer calendar is packed with daylong street fairs, long outdoor jogs, and jam-packed wedding dance floors, your dogs are bound to be barking. Tell them to chill out. Calm inflammation by icing feet for 15 minutes at a time, being sure to place a barrier like a towel between the ice and your skin. If ice sounds too messy, Kier says you can freeze a small bottle of water and roll your foot along that; other patients use a package of frozen peas (be sure to mark it "pedi" before putting it back in the freezer!).

A cooling lotion also can help, says Ana Babic of West Hartford, Connecticut. "My feet are pretty neglected through the winter months," she says. "When sandal season comes around, I cringe." Earlier this year, Babic called in reinforcements in the form of a refreshing peppermint foot moisturizer in preparation for a spring Vegas vacation. "I knew I'd be exposing my feet in a pair of new silver, strappy flat sandals, and I needed to make them look presentable. I use the lotion after I exfoliate my feet—it's refreshing, moisturizing, and cool against my skin, especially during the summer months when I could use a little cooling down."

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