by Sophia Panych
Fairchild Archive I promise you I'm not one of those people who breaks out the sandals when it's still cool enough to wear a wool coat. Here in N.Y.C., it will probably be a few more weeks until it's warm enough to wear open-toe shoes, but that means we need to start getting our toes (and heels) ready...like now. Allure beauty director Patricia Tortolani has her pedi prep down to a science. She shared her routine with me so I could share it with you, so you can show off your toes with pride in a few weeks.
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The key is to start getting regular pedicures. Around this time, Tortolani goes in for one every ten days or so--but not with polish. "Since I'm still keeping my toes covered, I just ask for a nice buff and lots of oil," she says. Then she focuses on softening her heels at home, because you can be wearing the prettiest nail polish shade known to (wo)man, but if your heels are rough and scaly, it's not going to matter. "I slather them with heavy moisturizer right before I work out. I know it sounds gross, but once I have socks on, I don't even notice the cream, and I think the heat helps it penetrate better," she explains. Now, if you're not down for the whole cream-covered-heels-while-you-run/spin/Zumba thing, simply apply a rich cream and slip on some socks before you go to bed. You can use the moisturizer you use for your body, but if your heels are in really rough shape, I suggest picking up a foot balm like Qtica Intense Overnight Foot Repair Balm (this stuff is no joke) or Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Foot Creme.
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Happy prepping! And make sure to check out our six favorite polish picks for spring for some color inspiration!
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by Sophia Panych