Below: The first weapon in my line of defense is the Swedish Clover Foot File. This is by far the most well-made and sturdy foot file I've ever owned. This 2-sided file has a 60/100 grit and shows no sign of wear over the years. The overall shape works better for me than others I've tried, and it can be used wet or dry. I use mine in the shower daily during my "pedi-ready" process, and use it once or twice a week during the rest of the year. I can't rave about this foot file enough--quality construction and baby soft feet. I picked mine up at Sally Beauty where they are available for $8.00.
Below: My second step is to apply some type of natural moisturizer to the driest areas of my feet, primarily the heels, and the sides and cuticles of my toes. In the past I've used coconut oil or jojoba oil, but I've been using Shea Moisture 100% Organic Shea Butter this year. I wouldn't say that it works any better than my previous products for this type of treatment, but with its Coconut & Hibiscus scent, it smells divine! The scent reminds me of summer and long, lazy days at the beach. This products does a fantastic job in repairing dry skin and making it look and feel soft and smooth. I'm pretty lazy when it comes to pushing back the cuticles on my toes, and this product seems to all but alleviate them and keep them controlled without having to work at it. I picked this product up at Target where it retails for $9.99 for a 4 oz. tub.
Below: My final step in my foot prep is Nordic Care Foot Care Cream. If I could only pick one product to get my feet pedi-ready, it would be this one. I can apply this to my feet before bedtime and wake up with soft smooth feet every time. The only thing I dislike about it, is that it contains Eucalyptus Oil, so it has a somewhat medicinal scent. This works wonders on dry heals and on the area on the outside of my big toe, which can get a little callused. It also works well as a cuticle treatment on my hands. I had a small sample tube that sold me on it, and I've since ordered probably more back-ups than I'll ever use from Victoria Nail Supply, where it retails for $7.95 for a 5.9 oz. tube.