LOOKING good begins with the face. But nothing gets you feeling good like a pedicure. A relaxing home pampering can keep you on your toes for days. First, find the most comfortable chair in the house. Place a large bowl of cool water (or warm in winter) on a towel at your feet. Add a capful of Radox bath salts to the water to soften it. This will help relax tired muscles. Make sure you have a soothing environment - dim lighting, soft music, a good book - so that you achieve the full benefits of the relaxing treat. For specific problems, add some essential oils to the foot bath. Aromatherapy is a natural therapy using essential oils extracted from plants, herbs and flowers. Although the term aromatherapy was first used in 1928 by the French chemist Rene Maurice Gattfosse, the practice of delving into nature's pharmacy dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. They found that not only did these oils provide relief from a variety of physical, mental and emotional ailments, their sweet fragrance also lifted the spirits and provided a feeling of well-being. The Red Earth range of natural preparations from Australia includes cooling, analgesic peppermint oil; cleansing and invigorating geranium; antiseptic and analgesic rosemary; odour-correcting cypress; anti-fungal tea-tree; analgesic lavender; and antiseptic, antiviral, deodorising eucalyptus. Any of these could be added to your foot bath. Marks and Spencer also has a range of bath oils and essential oils. Included are bath essence with orange and ginger; rosewood; oil with grapefruit and lemon grass; and sage (good if you are having your treatment just before bedtime). Remove the polish from your toe nails and dip your feet into the bath. Soak them for about 15 minutes, or longer if you have time. Then take one foot at a time and gently rub hard skin areas with a pumice stone or foot brush (both available at the Body Shop) to slough off calluses and roughened areas on heels and toes. Dry the feet and toes thoroughly, clip nails straight across and smooth roughened edges with an emery board. Clean under the nails with an orange stick and apply cuticle cream, massaging gently to soften cuticles. Wrap your feet in the towel to keep them warm. After five minutes, begin massaging the feet. You might like to use Aromatherapy Massage Oil from the Body Shop or Neal's Yard Comfrey and Mallow Foot Balm (in Seibu). Having massaged the feet, the cuticles should be softened enough now to be eased back with the orange stick. Finally, apply either Red Earth Foot Lotion or Red Earth Marigold Foot Gel (both from Seibu). The lotion is a light formula with tea tree and cloves. It is easily absorbed, cooling and soothing. It is also an anti-fungal and analgesic treatment to relieve skin conditions on hard-working or athletic feet. It is especially beneficial to those who suffer from foot odour. Marigold Foot Gel is intensely nourishing and skin softening. It is easily and rapidly absorbed and acts quickly on dry, chapped skin. It is especially suitable for dry, rough and calloused skin as well as being anti-fungal, antiseptic and deodorising.