Now it gets fun! Fill a small tub, bowl or basin with warm water, add some bubble bath and Epsom salts, then sit back and relax. Soaking softens the skin, preparing it to be pumiced, filed and trimmed, and the salts soothe tired, sore feet. Another option is scented oils which smell wonderful, moisturize your skin and give you that spa feeling at home. You can also buy commercial foot soaks, usually made with peppermint or eucalyptus oils. To make your soaking time even more luxurious, buy an electronic, bubbling foot spa from your local drugstore or beauty supply store.
Ten minutes is a good amount of time to soak your feet. This softens your skin without turning you into a raisin, and gives some moments to decadently relax without wasting too much time. Keep your favorite gossip magazine handy for this part of your pedicure.