At long last, it’s sandal season. After months of hibernating, why not prep your feet for their open-toed debut with a refreshing treatment inspired by the season? Not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too. According to studies, spa therapy is a powerful tool in improving your overall wellbeing. Here, a selection of uplifting treatments guaranteed to put that pep back in your step.
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1Coconut Pineapple Pedicure
Sweet Lily Spa, New York, N.Y.
This decadent, hour-long pedicure promises to soothe, cleanse, soften and pamper tired feet accustomed to pounding pavement, while transporting your senses to a lush island. First, let feet soak in a spring break-worthy bath complete with floating pineapple slices. Next, slough away dead skin and unsightly callouses with an intensely hydrating coconut sugar scrub, then revel in a coconut oil foot massage that will leave aching calves and heels ready to face a new season. For an extra $20, you’ll walk out the door in a brand new pair of Havaianas to make the Big Apple feel a little more like Rio.
$68 for 60 minutes
2Dragon Fruit Manicure and Pedicure
Bellacures, various locations in Los Angeles, CA
Like a Jamba Juice for your feet, the tropical, citrusy blend of mango, dragon fruit and coconut in this treatment will give your body just the wake-up jolt it needs. After a relaxing soak, heels are gently buffed with an exotic and intoxicating dragon fruit orchid sea salt scrub. Next, a clay mask is applied to detoxify and cleanse, followed by a paraffin treatment to lock in moisture. A 10-minute massage with a dragon fruit orchid butter cream will have you floating out of the salon as soon as your toes are dry.
Pedicure $85, Manicure $65
3Strawberry Mimosa Pedicure
Zenana Spa and Wellness Center, Portland, OR
During this indulgent pedicure, feet get the royal treatment with an organic mimosa-inspired sugar scrub (Eminence Mimosa Champagne Sugar Scrub) that gently erases callouses and cracks. Next, pamper tired heels and ankles with a Strawberry Rhubarb-infused masque that will whet your appetite, then finish with a relaxing massage and paint job using one of the salon’s new spring polishes from eco-friendly brand, Zoya.
$55 for one hour
4Farmhouse Fresh Lavender Honey Parfait Pedicure
Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach, CA
In this good-enough-to-eat treatment, technicians will buff, soften and polish your feet to perfection with a menu of delicious products including a honey magnolia foot scrub, honey lavender salt scrub and lavender mint julep shea butter cream. Honey hydrates dry heels while lavender soothes and relaxes. And the swirling magnolia and mint julep scents will have you feeling like Scarlett O’Hara pre civil war in no time.
$60 for 50 minutes
5Ayurvedic Udvartina Pedicure
Les Beaux Vous Salon and Day Spa, Torrington, CT
Spring clean your feet with this detoxifying and balancing pedicure rooted in ancient ayurvedic and reflexology techniques. First, an aesthetician will use a customized paste called “udvartina,”—composed of organic boswellia resin powder, organic yogaraj guggulu powder and organic ashwagandha power—to help boost blood circulation. Next, she’ll massage aching soles with a hand-picked blend of warm herbal oils (such as sesame oil and mandarin essential oil) to stimulate the various nerve points in the body that help recharge and balance. Finally, cleaned and relaxed toes are finished with paint from an organic range of polishes.
$57 for 80 minutes, $50 without polish