How to Get Sandal-Ready Feet at Home

A DIY watermelon and basil pedicure? Yes, please!

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With the temperatures creeping up and sandal season almost upon us, you can finally say "see you later" to clunky winter boots. Since your feet probably spent most of the winter in a dark hole, chances are they need a little TLC before slipping into those super-cute gladiators. Try this refreshing DIY pedicure recipe from Adeline Sarino, Nail Director at Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa in New York City to whip your feet into shape without leaving your bathroom (aside from a quick trip to the kitchen).

Step 1: Soften soles. The prime time to do this treatment is after a shower or bath, when skin is soft. If you are pressed for time, dampen your feet with a warm towel instead.

Step 2: Raid the fridge. Ingredients you'll need to make a skin-reviving scrub:
1 cup watermelon cubes
1 cup white sugar
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. fresh basil (finely chopped)

Step 3: Whip it good. Using a food processor, blend watermelon until smooth, then mix in sugar and basil. Stir in lemon juice.

Step 4: Buff away winter blues. Massage the scrub into your calves and feet, using circular motions. Pay special attention to any dry or callused areas (hello, heels). The sugar granules, along with the alpha hydroxy acid-packed lemon juice, will slough off dead skin cells. The watermelon and basil will soothe tired toes. Rinse off with warm water.

Step 5: Pamper yourself. Cut or file toenails. While the skin is still damp, apply a rich moisturizer using this spa-inspired massage technique: Stretch the toes by gently pulling down on each one and pressing down on each nail with a fingertip to increase blood-flow. Rub your calves to relieve tension. RS pick: Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion, $9, amazon.com.

Step 6: Paint the town red (or any shade!).
Remove residue by wiping your nails with a cotton pad soaked in polish remover. Swipe on a basecoat, two coats of polish, and a shiny topcoat. RS picks: OPI Infinite Shine 1 Primer, $12.50, ulta.com; L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Tangerine Crush, $6, drugstore.com; and Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat, $6, drugstore.com.

Step 7: Make it last. To prevent pesky chips, slick on cuticle oil daily and reapply a topcoat every other night. Maintain silky soles by slathering on a cream and slipping into cotton socks before bed. RS pick: Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, $8.50, beauty.com.