Treatments and Lotions for Hands and Feet

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009

Here are our picks for what you'll need to make your hands and feet smooth, soft, and wedding-day pretty.

Exfoliant
Dry, ragged cuticles will distract from the beauty of a manicure, no matter how perfect the paint job. Eliminate them with a treatment that contains a gentle exfoliant.
Our pick 
OPI Avoplex Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment -- it relies on alpha hydroxy acids to sweep away skin around the nail bed, and it won't dry out your digits.

Cuticle Conditioner
You condition your hair on a regular basis, but did you know that nails require TLC, too? To make them look hand-model perfect -- and kick-start the growing process -- opt for a cuticle conditioner.
Our pick
Eve Lom Cuticle Cream is infused with protective waxes as well as mega-hydrating Vitamin E. Trust us; it gets the job done quickly.
Available at beauty.com.

Moisturizing Scrub
Some scrubs claim to tackle calluses, but only a few deliver.
Our pick
OPI Tropical Citrus Scrub. The sweetly scented potion reminds us of vacation -- and with ingredients such as coconut and citrus extracts, it's no wonder. The moisturizing formula was designed for feet, but it's gentle enough for hands, too.

Hand Cream
Some hand creams seem to work only if they're applied 50 times a day. Some get the job done with one application at night.
Our pick
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment. The formula is thick but absorbs quickly, and it's so potent that Elizabeth Arden herself often used it to condition her horses' skin.

Hand Scrub
A pretty manicure is one thing, but a pretty manicure against a backdrop of radiant skin is quite another. To cop a glow, use an exfoliant to scrub your hands a few times a week.
Our pick
Carol's Daughter Lemon Ginger Mint Manicure in a Jar combines coarse sea salt with super-hydrating cocoa butter.

Sun Damage Fix
Sun damage can make young hands appear years, if not decades, older. Turn back the clock by slathering on a natural lightening serum.
Our pick
Borghese Illuminare Brightening Hand Serum relies on licorice root and grapefruit to lighten brown spots, as well as grape-seed extract to restore texture and tone.
Available at ulta.com.

Foot Scrub
A rub-down with a grainy scrub will make feet look baby-pink and glowy. To prevent dryness, use one that contains moisturizers -- but take care in the tub, as these formulas tend to be slippery.
Our pick
Molton Brown Unwind Island Sand Foot Exfoliator calls on a mixture of soft white sand and thick shea butter to slough off dead skin and hydrate what's left.

Keeping Feet Soft
You can't control everything that happens overnight, such as puffy eyes and flattened hair. But you can take the reins when it comes to the softness and suppleness of your feet -- just glop on a frosting-thick whip before bed.
Our pick
Sally Hansen Just Feet Spa Nightly Foot Repair hydrates incredibly well and sinks into skin quickly, which means it won't ruin your socks or sheets. Available at walgreens.com.

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