Give your toes some TLC before slipping on your first pair of sandals. Pedi-in-a-Box ($20.95; simplesugars.myshopify.com) by Sharpsburg-based Simple Sugars smooths dry skin with its Happy Feet peppermint foot scrub. Use the pumice stone foot brush to eliminate excess skin on your heels.
Combat calluses quickly — and painlessly — with the Emjoi Micro-Pedi battery-operated callus remover ($30; www.qvc.com). Its micro-mineral roller rotates 30 times per second to buff away dead skin, calluses, and rough spots in minutes. No blades means zero risk of cutting or slicing skin.
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Want skin that feels like velvet to the touch? Josie Maran’s pure organic Argan oil ($48 for 1.7 fluid ounces; www.josiemarancosmetics.com) is extracted from the nuts of Argan trees in Morocco and is rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and add moisture to the skin. Put a few drops on your fingers and run it through your hair for extra softness and shine. Plus it’s suitable for people with sensitive skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea.
For gentle all-over exfoliation, look for a body wash that not only exfoliates but also moisturizes. The microdelivery exfoliating body wash by philosophy ($26 for 16 fluid ounces; www.philosophy.com) is designed to evenly exfoliate skin while soothing it with natural oils and botanicals, including Vitamin E. Not intended for use on the face.
Rid skin of unwanted oils, perspiration, makeup, and other pollutants and debris with the Clarisonic cleansing brush (available in an assortment of colors and sizes at www.clarisonic.com). Created for skincare professionals to use in the office, it’s easy (and gentle) enough for at-home use. Sonic technology causes the brush head to oscillate 200-350 times per second. Unlike some other devices, the Clarisonic brush does not vibrate or spin, which can tear and irritate skin.
Purify skin from the inside out with organic roasted dandelion root tea (at Whole Foods and most major grocery stores for a few dollars). Dandelion has been claimed to naturally detox the body, cleanse the liver, and aid in digestion. Fighting impurities inside the body can improve the outside of the body.
Salon treatments not your thing? Mimic some procedures with at-home microdermabrasion or radio frequency gadgets. Personal microdermabrasion units by Olay, PMD, and Riivia tend to run $100-$300 on average, and remove dead skin cells. The DermaWand (three monthly payments of $39.95, plus shipping and handling; www.dermawand.com) employs radio frequency technology to warm tissue and stimulate skin, which can promote the shedding of dry skin and improve circulation by bringing fresh blood and oxygen to the skin’s surface.