A pedicure is a great way to take your feet a step closer to silky, smooth skin. It is tempting to run to a salon for one, if only for the sake of getting pampered. However, if you are on a tight budget or would just like to learn how to do pedicure right, you can easily give yourself or a loved one a pedicure at home.

Things You'll Need

Remove any old nail polish. Clean underneath your toenails and then clip and file them.

Fill your foot bath or bowl with enough warm water to reach your ankles.

Add your moisturizing and/or aromatherapy oils to the water. These will help condition and soothe your feet even further.

Sit in a comfortable chair, relax and immerse your feet in the warm water for 10 to 20 minutes. The more dry, calloused and cracked your feet are, the longer you should soak them.

Pat your feet dry with a soft towel and slather on some moisturizing lotion while your feet are still damp.


  • Adding a quarter cup of milk will help loosen any dead skin.

  • A few drops of tea tree oil will help prevent or treat athlete’s foot and itchiness.

  • Eucalyptus, rosemary, jojoba and menthol are cleansing, therapeutic essential oils that are not only aromatic, but can be therapeutic as well.