“Recipes” for the perfect at-home pedicure


  • Epsom salts
  • tea tree oil
  • white vinegar
  • sugar
  • honey
  • peppermint
  • olive, coconut, or Argan oil
  • jojoba oil


  • a cuticle remover
  • cuticle pusher
  • a foot file
  • nail buffer
  • an orangewood stick
  • nail clippers
  • nail file


  1. Soak
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Trim and file
  4. Moisturize

To soak, add a tablespoon of white vinegar, a few spoonfuls of Epsom salts, and a few drops of tea tree oil in hot water, for 15 minutes. Dry feet.

To exfoliate, mix sugar/salt and honey and olive oil. Rub into skin for a minute. Wash off with warm water.

To trim, use the cuticle remover and nail clippers. To file, use the foot file and nail buffer and nail file. (Use a sturdy foot file and focus on the heels, balls of feet, and edges of toes.) Apply cuticle oil (lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, coconut or olive or Argan oil, and Vitamin E oil) to the skin around your nails.

To moisturize, some jojoba oil and a drop of tea tree oil (or rub a rich cream on your feet, top and bottom. Don’t forget your heels and cuticles. Calves optional.)

Before bed, apply foot lotion, then add some socks, and hop into bed.

Links: Real SimpleWomen’s Health, Cosmo.

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