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Rosemary makes a killer DIY pedicure ingredient

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allure logoFor a little treat-yo-self time, and an inexpensive pampering session, an easy DIY pedicure is the perfect answer to both. Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa in New York City offers a calming rosemary foot treatment—and the pros behind it let us in on how to re-create it for yourself at home.

Here’s what you’ll need:

•Eucalyptus oil
•1/2 cup finely ground sea salt
•1/8 cup extra-light olive oil
• 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
•Shea butter or any other foot cream
•Nail polish, basecoat, topcoat, and any other nail tools you’ll want for grooming

First, combine 1 gallon of warm water with 5 drops of eucalyptus oil in a basin or your bathtub. After removing any old nail polish and trimming your nails to the desired length, soak your feet in the warm eucalyptus water for about 5 minutes. Next, gently push back the cuticles using a wooden orange stick, which you can get at the drugstore.

Then comes the scrub. “Using a simple kitchen mortar and pestle, crush the rosemary to help bring out the essence of its oils,” advises Donna Perillo, the founder of Sweet Lily. Then add the sea salt and the olive oil. “Rosemary oil relieves muscle aches and pains, while olive oil moisturizes skin, and sea salt exfoliates,” she explains. Take a scoop of the rosemary scrub and massage it into skin gently, using a circular motion. “Pay extra attention to calluses and hard spots,” says Perillo.

Rinse off the scrub with warm water and then towel-dry before smoothing shea butter (or another moisturizer) on, focusing on rough patches. Then remove excess oils from your nails with nail-polish remover, and proceed with the polish steps: one layer of basecoat, two layers of polish, and one layer of topcoat. Then kick back with some Netflix as you let it dry (one major perk of an at-home pedicure!).

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By Stephanie Saltzman for Allure
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