Happy Feet

The cooler months can be hard on feet. No longer free in breezy summer sandals and flip-flops, they must now spend the day cooped up in socks, boots or closed shoes. This can make feet cranky and unhappy feet mean an unhappy everything. Keeping up regular pedicures helps, but frequency is where it’s at. In between spa days, these tootsie treats are healers and mood lifters to use at home.

Body Glide Skin Glide is an effective option for preventing blisters and raw skin caused by rubbing shoes. High viscosity plant-based ingredients allow the skin to breathe and perspire. These ingredients, as well as emulsifying wax, tea tree oil and menthol, combine to create a silky barrier between the shoe and skin. It can easily be applied between the toes and leaves no greasy residue. 1.6oz for $10.

Follow up the soak with Kneipp Healthy Feet Foot Repair. This rich moisturizing butter transforms extremely dry feet. Calendula extract, oil of rosemary and moisture-retaining urea provide deep hydration to soften and recondition parched skin. It also helps to prevent cracks and calluses. Like the bath crystals, there are no preservatives, silicone or animal-derived ingredients. 3.4oz for $30.

Kneipp Healthy Feet Foot Bath Crystals provide a relaxing soak for aching feet. Soothing calendula extract, stimulating rosemary essential oil, menthol, camphor and healing trace elements of minerals found in thermal spring salt work together to revitalize, moisturize and deodorize overworked feet. The salt crystals are free from chemical additives and environmental pollutants and the scent is both medicinal and calming. 17.6oz for $22.

A quick home pedicure isn’t always easy, but Kiesque Liquid Palisade Peel-Off Nail Polish Barrier can help reduce mistakes. Painted over cuticles (this works for fingernails as well), it protects them from polish. Once the nails dry, simply peel off the rubbery substance for a clean, sharp look. It can also be used to create designs for an extra bit of cheer. $22 for .35oz.

The Body Shop’s Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub invigorates feet with Community Fair Trade peppermint oil and scrubs away dead skin with pumice granules. It’s easily applied by scooping out of the jar and massaging wet feet. After rinsing, feet feel refreshed and clean, thanks to the antiseptic properties of the versatile peppermint. 3.4oz for $17.

Theraped is a particularly nice treat for feet that spend their days in high heels. The thermo gel-filled wrap-around pads can be heated in the microwave or cooled in the freezer for extra pampering. They fit snugly around the foot, with toes stretched and separated for good measure and extra stimulation. The result is something like a spa massage at home. Contraindications include diabetes, circulatory problems and sensitive skin. About $10 per pair.

Photo by Kenny Janosick

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.