Why Your Feet Need a Foot Mask and How to Use One

Perfectly Posh Toes Before Bros Foot Mask usage with OPI non-toxic nail polish, how to use a foot mask for at-home DIY pedicure

Are your feet ready to samba into summer, or are you still hiding some next-level rough heels, calluses, and dry cuticles? While a trip to the nail salon can give you smooth, soft feet in under an hour, it’s actually easy and more pampering than you think to pull off a professional looking pedicure at home. (And did we mention it will save you tons of money?)

The Complete Pampered Guide to Your DIY Summer Pedicure

The trick to a perfect pedi is exfoliating, but for professional results that last you need more than just a simple scrub. Try these 4 ways to exfoliate feet, including a scrub, foot masks, and even a moisturizer, for a complete pedicure experience at home:

Pro tip: Remove any old nail polish before you begin.

Rubby Scrubby™ Exfoliating Foot Stick

Why it works: Eco-friendly beads derived from sugarcane both scrub and cleanse feet, plus scrubbing before applying foot masks helps your foot masks work deeper.

How to use it: Soak your feet in a pedicure basin, bath tub, or shower, then massage the exfoliating foot stick over feet in a circular motion and rinse.

Fragrance: Refreshing peppermint and thyme

 

Pro tip: Trim your nails before applying a foot mask.

Sole Sister™ Foot Mask

Why it works: Think of this mask as your foot detoxifier. Activated charcoal adsorbs 2,000 times its weight in odor-causing impurities (and you know how dirty your feet can get), while pumice further exfoliates dry skin and sustainable shea butter softens feet.

How to use it: Apply foot mask to dry feet and let it set for 20 minutes. Massage it as you rinse off to help slough away dead skin.

Fragrance: Tingly tea tree and peppermint

 

Toes Before Bros™ Foot Mask

Why it works: This mask is your nourishing foot treatment. Fruit enzymes from pineapple and papaya tackle any lingering dry skin and dry cuticles by dissolving dead skin cells and leaving healthy skin alone, while jojoba oil moisturizes feet without making them feel greasy.

How to use it: Apply foot mask to clean feet and wrap in warm, damp towels to help open pores and allow the mask to work deeper. Let set for 20 minutes, then rinse.

Fragrance: Refreshing peppermint and thyme

 

Pro tip: Push back your cuticles (or very carefully trim extra rough cuticles) now.

Schwanky & Soft™ Exfoliating Foot Crème

Why it works: Glycolic acid, an AHA, works to continually exfoliate feet, while shea butter keeps them healthy looking and soft.

How to use it: Massage into clean feet nightly and every time after you use a foot mask.

Fragrance: Refreshing peppermint and thyme

Pro tip: Before applying fresh nail polish, wipe a small amount of polish remove over nails to remove any excess oils from your foot masks or foot crème.

Non-Toxic Nail Polish Picks for Summer

Notoriously packed with formaldehyde, phthalates (derived from petroleum), and a slew of other harsh ingredients, it can be tricky to find a nail polish that is both non-toxic and delivers quality, chip-free color. Luckily, we’re all about pampering so we did the work for you. Here’s our top 6 better-for-you picks in hot summer colors you’ll love:

L to R: Essie “In the Cab-ana,” Ulta Beauty “Showgirl,” Deborah Lippmann “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Zoya “Kelsey,” OPI “I’m on a Sushi Roll,” Ella+Mila “Sun has Set”