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Give those feet a treat.

WITH summer looming, it's time to dig out those sandals and open-toe platforms and put your feet on display. If your tootsies have seen more callouses, cracked heels and dodgy toe nails than perfect pedicures, it's time to stop the cringing and think "feet first" for a change.

"Love your feet!" encourages Liz Earle, skincare company co-founder.

"They work incredibly hard and are miracles of design. If you look after them, they will look after you, too."

Make less-than-fabulous feet a thing of the past and think sandal-ready toes. PAMPER PRINCESS You need to put in some groundwork before you start investing in bright and beautiful polishes to top off your toes.

Home Spa for Body & Feet, pounds 17.99 ( Call in the feet pampering cavalry with spa-like products. Luxurious treatments will give your feet a pedicure-perfect finish. Liz Earle's treatment development manager, Jo Givens, suggests: "To provide relief for super-dry feet, massage a generous amount of repairing foot moisturiser all over your feet and ankles and put on a pair of cotton socks before going to bed for overnight nourishment.

"Massage a balm over cuticles to reduce dryness - it's also great for dry skin on heels." COMFORT CRITTER Can't shake your big socks and Ugg boots despite the sunshine? You're not alone.

"These days, women are living in sheepskin boots, which is resulting in nasty conditions like fungal infections and athlete's foot, rather than dryness," reveals Emma Supple, CCS foot specialist.

She advises: "Scrub your feet with a brush to give them a good spring clean, then apply a foot cream twice daily.

"Just as you wouldn't use body lotion on your face, don't use it on your feet! Look for Rose & Co, Sweet Feet Salve, pounds 5 (01827 280 080) www.roseapothecary. foot creams that contain urea, an important moisturising ingredient to get through those thicker layers." SUMMER-READY SOLES No need to book in for a pricey pedicure. Follow a feet recovery regime to prep your soles for sandal flaunting in just one week.

Emma Supple has these toe-friendly tips for a pathway to beautiful feet: * Give your feet a thorough wash and follow by scrubbing with an exfoliant to remove dead skin and any ingrained dirt.

* Dry your feet properly, including between the toes to prevent build-up of bacteria. * Massage your feet with a specialist foot cream. Ideally, this should be done morning and night to keep feet soft and supple. * For troublesome cracked heels, apply a heel balm to break down hard and thickened skin and help repair cracks in no time.

* Trim toenails regularly to prevent them in-growing and thickening. Cut straight across and follow the natural shape of your nail.

* Give feet the perfect finishing touch by painting your nails.

Liz Earle Foot Scrub, pounds 10.45; Foot Repair Moisturiser, pounds 12.50; Foot Spritzer, pounds 7.15, and Superbalm, pounds 4.65. (01983 813913,
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2011
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