10 Steps to Do Your Own Pedicure

Take Care of Your Cuticles

OK, girls, now you actually have to move again. Take out one foot, pat it dry and add a drop of cuticle oil to the skin around your nail bed. Massage it in and using a cuticle stick (wooden or plastic), gently push that dead skin back. Rub the oil in all around the toenail, softening up any rough spots or snags in the skin. Plop your foot back in the basin and repeat on the other side.

Even though a pedicurist may have cut your cuticles at the spa, most dermatologists don't recommend it, so you really don't want to be doing it at home. Clipping and cutting opens you up -- literally -- to the risk of infection. Instead, keep your feet and your cuticles moisturized, and the cuticle stick can manage any ragged edges.