How To Get The Softest Hands & Feet Without Ever Stepping Into A Salon

While everyone has their own preferences when it comes to how they take care of their faces and wear their hair and makeup, one thing is universal: We all want soft hands, healthy nails, and pretty feet. Cracked bunions, chipped polish, and ragged cuticles aren't cute, but most of us don't have the time (or money) to pay a visit to a salon each week. That's where at-home treatments come in.

We asked Ruth Kallens, owner of Van Court Studio in NYC, to give us the 411 on what our hands and toes need now to be beautiful all winter long. From foot peels to hand masks, you'll find everything you need to prep your extremities for the season in the slides ahead.
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Hands
First things first: Remove all nail polish. Kallens recommends making an investment in a healthy remover that won't damage or dry out your nail beds. This one has oils to add back some moisture.

Ulta Enriched Nail Polish Remover, $4.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Now, it's time to file and buff. If you're looking to keep your shape and length, gently buff your nail in quick strokes — not from side to side — to remove any rough edges or breaks.

Tweezerman Neon File, Buff, Smooth, Shine Block, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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This cuticle-remover works miracles. Drop a dot onto each finger, let it sit for a minute, then massage it in. With a cuticle pusher, gently push down around the nail and rinse off with warm water.

Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover Exfoliating Cuticle Nail Treatment, $20, available at Sephora.
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Now, it's time to add some more hydration. This oil absorbs quickly, so you're not left with slippery fingers. Kallens recommends smoothing an oil all over your nails and cuticles as often as you can. Keep one on your bedside table and one on your desk.

Nailtiques Oil Therapy, $7, available at DermStore.
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Looking to really indulge? These hand masks aren't convenient if you're a multitasker, but they're perfect for chill Netflix nights.

Karuna Hydrating + Hand Mask, $9.50, available at Karuna.
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When hitting the restart button on your nails, sometimes it's best to let them relax for a night without any polish at all. This antioxidant mask is a must for the gel-obsessed — it repairs the damage from harsh treatments and peeling polish with regular use.

Nails Inc Overnight Detox Mask with Green Tea, Acai & Spirulina, $15, available at Nails Inc.
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If you don't get gel manicures, then you probably don't need an overhaul treatment. Instead, use this classic, rich cuticle cream before bed. "I apply an intense salve or balm all over the nail and cuticle. People don’t realize your nails can get dry — so apply a heavy balm or salve, and you’ll see a real difference," advises Kallens.

Dior Creme Abricot, $27, available at Dior.
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This all-in-one basecoat, topcoat, and nail strengthener keeps your nails healthy, hard, and hydrated with or without polish over it.

Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock Nail Strengthening Top and Base Coat, $20, available at Sephora.
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If you want "no-polish polish" to erase any yellow tones, these sheer shades are perfect for getting a clean, bare look.

Zoya Naked Manicure Buff Perfector, $10, available at Zoya.
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Finally, don't forget lotion. Callused hands and parched nails are inevitable in the winter months, but a great hand cream will turn things around.

Beautycounter Rose Neroli Hand Cream, $17, available at Beautycounter.
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Feet
If you have smelly or dry feet, you need a scrub. This purifying exfoliator has medicinal charcoal for heavy-duty healing.

Earth Therapeutics Purifying Foot Scrub, $8, available at Ulta Beauty.
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We tend to forget about our calluses when it's not sandal season — until we go to play footsie under the covers. Enter this electric spinning tool, which is totally painless and highly effective. But word to the wise: You're going to want to use it over a trash can or towel.

Silk'n Pedi Callus Remover, $29, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Treat yourself with this new iteration of the famous Baby Foot peel. It slips right on, and has you shedding dead skin like a snake in a week or so. It sounds gross — and it is — but in a seriously satisfying way.

Boscia Baby Soft Foot Peel, $20, available at Sephora.
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Slather this no-frills ointment all over your cracked feet, slip on thick socks, and go to sleep, says Kallens. Wake up in the morning with baby-soft bottoms.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $16.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Bare toes might not be your favorite look, so add a hint of color with this nude option, which is sort of like a tinted moisturizer for nails. The vitamin E provides protection, the tea-tree oil builds up strength, and the keratin and arginine prevent any further breakage.

Butter London
Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted Moisturizer, $18, available at Butter London.
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