By Dina Fierro

‘Tis the seas-for pedicures that is. And while they may be essential, regular pedis can surely wreak havoc on the wallet, ranging in price from $12 to infinity squared. Never fear – if you have a little time, a little money, and a little gumption you can get sandal-ready feet in the privacy of your own home. Just follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Try a foot mask for a true spa pedicure experience. Canada’s own Lush makes the fabulous and fresh Volcano Foot Mask ( Formulated with tomato (to deodorize), papaya (a natural exfoliant) and cinnamon leaf oil (anti-microbial), it’s simultaneously relaxing and inexplicably invigorating.

Step 2: Indulge in a relaxing pedicure soak. Fill a basin with warm water and sink those tootsies in for a good 5-10 minutes. I love Carol’s Daughter’s Rosemary & Sage Herbal Foot Soak ( It’s all natural and makes the water smell good enough to drink!

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Step 3- Scrub those sins away. Polish away any rough skin remaining with a physical exfoliant like Kerasal’s Exfoliating Pumice Paste (most drugstores), then rinse. For anal-retentive types like myself, it makes sense to keep a tub of foot scrub in the shower for nightly city grime removal.

Step 4:Rub a generous amount of moisturizing cream over your feet and lower legs. Try Sedona Valley Spa’s Aloe & Hibiscus Flower Foot Balm ( and take your time massaging it in. I also use Weleda’s à¼ber thick Foot Balm ( every morning. When applied to clean, freshly washed feet, this all natural goodie sinks right in, helping to keep them dry and comfortable all day long.

Step 5- Buff any remaining calluses, and trim and shape toenails. Most experts prefer a rounded square shape that ends just beyond the toe. Avoid cutting your cuticles; it can cause infection. Try LaCross by Sally Hansen for effective but inexpensive tools. (most drugstores)

Step 6: Wipe off any remaining polish or oils from your nails with a cotton ball soaked in a non-acetone polish remover.

Step 7: After using a protective base coat, experiment with a fun punchy color for summer! As a NYC native, I love Carolyn New York’s ‘The Bronx’ (, a flashy hot pink that’s universally flattering. The line also offers the NY Minute Dry Top Coat (, a super-shiny topcoat that dries in a flash.

Extra: For a pick-me-up, especially during the afternoon or at the end of the day, spritz feet with Fruits & Passion’s Deodorizing Foot Mist ( The eucalyptus and tea tree oils are refreshing to the olfactory and tingly to the tootsies.

Step 8: Finally, breathe a sigh of relief and relax! You’re ready to strap on some Choos and go!

Originally published July 2006
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