5 Simple Steps to Spring-Ready Hands & Feet

Hand and foot by Gabriela Camerotti at, Creative Commons.

Monday we talked facial care for spring.  Today let’s cover hands and feet.

Your hands may have taken a turn for the better once winter weather made its exit, but you may have just uncovered feet for the first time since fall.  Purchasing those new sandals becomes a lot less fun once craggy heels and uneven nails show up.

Follow these 5 simple steps to get your hands and feet in the spring of things:

Soak.  Giving hands and feet a good soak in warm, soapy water softens skin, cuticles, and nails.  This step also makes exfoliation and trimming easier.  Use a mild, sulfate-free body wash, like Ennecence CleanEscape Shower Gel.

Exfoliate.  I told you about my favorite all natural exfoliant last month, Ennecence SpaEscape Sugar Scrub.  Works great on hands and feet.  It is amazing how alive skin looks after this step.  Remember to be extra gentle when exfoliating hands.

Trim & file.  Trim and file nails smooth.  Removing excess cuticle prevents torn skin and keeps nails healthy and looking good.  You can push cuticle back with an orange stick and trim away excess with a pair of nippers.  I prefer to use a cuticle trimmer.  Easy and strangely satisfying.

Polish.  If you prefer au naturel then you are good to go.  Like a little color?  Try these less toxic brands in springy hues:  Zoya Nail Polish in Neely, Benecos Happy Nails in Expressive Mint, and Kure Bazaar Nail Lacquer in Macaron.

Moisturize.  Utilizing the above steps regularly will keep feet and hands in check.  Remember to moisturize to make the most of your work and keep skin soft and healthy.  B-leaf Botanics 3-Day Repair Body Cream is perfect for treating calluses quickly and Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream is my all time favorite for hands.

[Image by Gabriela Camerotti at, Creative Commons]

Written by Liz Thompson

I am an organic beauty expert, writer, and mom of two young environmentalists who can already spot a toxic product when they see one. Read more about me at Organic Beauty, and find me on , Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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