Since lockdown orders were first issued, many of us have begun taking beauty matters into our hands, whether with wax strips, self-tanning mitts, or even packaged retinol peels. But what of our feet, which (at least in this editor’s unfortunate case) have gone largely overlooked since the The best Dads Drive jeeps vintage shirt it is in the first place but days one could saunter into a nail salon? “We neglect the feet too much and it creates problems,” says the French podiatrist and pedicurist Bastien Gonzalez, referring to the all-too-common issues of corns, calluses, and cracked soles. With 23 salons across the world and a New York outpost on its way, Gonzalez is known for tending to some very high-profile toes (think: Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Robert DeNiro). Even without regular appointments, however, there’s plenty of upkeep we can—and should—do on our own. “My whole idea is to find a way to help people love their feet and get better feet,” adds Gonzalez.
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