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Put Your Best Foot Forward

by Abbie Kozolchyk

Whatever your pleasure during sandal season—beat-up old Birks, sole-thwacking thongs, fashion’s favorite fishermen—the pitfalls are universal: All that exposure and friction can leave feet dry, cracked, and peeling by midsummer. Hence the revival kit below. It’s packed with ingenious footcare finds, plus the season’s cheeriest nail colors for a bonus boost.

Earth Therapeutics Precisso Nano: Glass Foot File

With a laser-etched surface that’s much gentler than the word “glass” would suggest, this new ergonomic file is still strong enough to take on thick calluses and other patches of hard, rough, dry skin.

Lather Eucalyptus Foaming Foot Scrub with Pumice

The namesake volcanic pumice is paired with other natural skin polishers and softeners (think pineapple, coconut, and citrus extracts) in a blend that feels as much like a sensory getaway as a foot treatment.

Grace & Stella Down for the Peel Foot Mask

If you want to shed more skin than you would with a foot file or scrub, slip on these booties, chill for an hour, then rinse. They’re infused with potent natural sloughers (plant- and milk-derived hydroxy acids, for starters), antibacterial and astringent agents (citrus peel and camel grass oils), and soothing botanicals (chamomile and meadowsweet extracts). The real gratification is a bit delayed, but after a few days, the peeling will commence in earnest.

Pedestrian Project Cracked Heel Repair

This easy-swiping stick’s ingredient list reads like an all-star lineup of natural skin nourishers, from butters (shea and mango) to oils (olive, sunflower, castor, black currant) to waxes (candelilla, carnauba).

Sparitual Communal Joy

For a finishing touch that’s meant to boost your mood as much as your appearance, chose from Sparitual’s new six-polish summer collection—colors that evoke the specific joy of warm-weather outdoor gatherings, whether At the Boardwalk (a gleaming turquoise), Jazz in the Park (a sultry red) or beyond.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zelli

Another beloved 10-free, vegan nailcare line, Zoya, is offering a slightly different take on summer cheer: the neon Beachy Brights collection. But if neon isn’t your thing, consider the brand’s equally uplifting color of the month for July: Zelli, a hot pink that’s meant to recall the zest of a dragon fruit. A tropical getaway in a bottle, in other words.

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