The second thing you learn is that time is not your friend. Meal times come way too fast. You rarely get the food prepped before the fussing begins. You never play with them long enough. They never sleep long enough. There are never enough hours in the day. And they grow up way too fast. Most anything you do for yourself must be done extremely quickly and efficiently. And I'll bet by now you're wondering what this has to do with good style. Let me explain. No, too long. Let me sum up. (movie?)
Style Assassins can be subtle. And they can have nothing to do with clothes and accessories. I'm talking about these.
This is one of those projects when a little time is definitely all you need.
Not money. Not tons of fancy products. Time.
Time and 2 steps.
Sometimes you'll have time to do a thorough job, other times you'll only have 5 seconds to run a quick swipe over your heels. That's ok. Be gentle. Don't forget the callouses on the balls of your feet and big toe and don't get discouraged when the cracks don't disappear instantly. Exfoliating becomes much more efficient after several moisturizing sessions.
This is the foot file hanging in my shower right now. It's $2.00. It has a rough and less-rough side, just like a nail file. I bought it because it's the file nearly every pedicurist ever used on me. Speaking of which, next time you get a pedicure, ask if you can keep the one they used on you. Many state laws require the to salon throw the file away after each client. The one you buy at a beauty supply store will most likely be a little thicker than the one you take from the salon.
I read this little tip in a Shape magazine eons ago and it has meant the world of difference for my feet. Slather on a good goopy layer before you pull on socks (not nylon stockings). Don't worry, it won't soak through and ruin your shoes. Do this whether you're running a quick errand, heading to the gym for a workout or not even leaving the house. Keep the bottle of moisturizer in your sock drawer so you don't forget.
This is the moisturizer currently in my sock drawer. My mom introduced it to me. It's cheap and works great. And don't wash the extra off your hands! I don't like to get the bottle and my sock slimy so after slathering one foot, I rub the extra into my knees. Then I pull my sock on. After the other foot I rub the extra into my elbows. While thicker is better, especially if it's formulated to exfoliate, most any moisturizer will do. Maybe you have some body lotion you didn't really like the scent of. Use it up on your heels!
A couple additional tips? You don't have to buy some of the crazy expensive products out there.
I've seen special heel creams topping $30. Most women don't need it. And these Bliss moisturizing socks are $48 dollars! Whether they're miracle workers or not I have a whole winter ahead of me and many better uses for $48.