Simple sandals, glamorous heels or peep-toes — no matter what shoe you choose, they all have one thing in common — showing off your feet. And for many women, well-groomed feet can translate to a greater sense of confidence.

That post-pedicure look just makes people feel more “put together.” To maintain this look at home, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, the makers of new GOLD BOND Ultimate Pedi Smooth, are sharing a few tips for getting your feet soft and smooth — and keeping them that way.

• Soak and Soften: Fill a tub or basin with warm water and essential oils. Then, relax while you soak your feet for 10 minutes to soften calluses and dead skin. For a clarifying, antifungal soak, add a few drops of tea tree oil. For a moisturizing soak, add 1/3 cup of olive oil.

• Exfoliate and Moisturize: Even freshly pedicured feet can get rough and dry pretty fast. To extend the life of your pedicure, try using a foot cream that both exfoliates and moisturizes. For example, GOLD BOND Ultimate Pedi Smooth contains an exfoliating complex of four hydroxy acids and seven intensive moisturizers, a special formulation that has been clinically shown to exfoliate and smooth dry, rough skin.

• Perfect the Polish Process: Remove any excess lotion or old polish from nails before painting on a fresh coat. Apply a base coat, two coats of your favorite polish and a top coat for maximum longevity. Then let nails dry for 10 minutes or more before slipping into shoes.

• Beware of Blisters: In higher temperatures, feet often sweat and swell in shoes, causing chafing and blisters. Before you head outside, protect your feet by applying adhesive bandages to spots that are likely to rub.

More information about skin care and innovative foot products can be found at


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