How to Moisturize Toenails

Updated February 21, 2017

Before their big summertime reveal, feet and toenails need some care, including hydration. When toenails spend a lot of time smothered in socks and shoes, the nails can harden and even yellow. Moisturising your toenails regularly will boost your nail health and protect the nail from excess dryness. Ignoring dry toenails may lead to painful ingrown nails or other nail disorders. Show off your toenails with confidence after a careful application of healthy oils.

Fill two (2) foot tubs or large plastic bowls with warm water. Add 2 drops of body wash to the water in one. Do this while the water runs for a sudsy result.

Place the tubs on a towel in front of where you will sit, side by side. Do not sit in a recliner as this could result in spilling the water.

Soak your feet for 15 minutes in the tub with the suds. Then rub a dime-sized amount of cleanser into the palm of your hand. Scrub the feet with the cleanser, paying attention to the toe area.

Rinse your feet in the tub of clean water, removing the scrub and dirt. Move the buckets out of the way and place your feet on the towel. Wrap your feet with the towel in order to dry them.

Apply one drop of tea tree oil on each toe nail using an eye dropper. Rub in the drops after applying. Rub the cuticle beds, the sides of the nails and the top of the nails.

Trim toenails with sharp clippers to make the edges even. Polish the edges with a emery board. Use a cotton ball to buff the tops of the nails.


Apply a clear coat of nail polish to protect the toenail and keep the moisture under the nail. Lavender and oregano oils are healthy treatments for nails.


Discontinue using tea tree oil if the area turns red or burns.

Things You'll Need

  • Two (2) foot tubs
  • Warm water
  • Towel
  • Bath soap
  • Foot scrub
  • Tea tree oil
  • Toenail clippers
  • Nail file
  • *Optional: clear polish
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