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Manicures are a delightful treat that make you feel relaxed and pampered and keep your hands feeling soft and looking their absolute best. But heading to the salon for a treat like this can mean that you will burn a large sized hole in your pocket. Manicure treatments at salons can be quite expensive. They can burn a hole in your pocket and leave you feeling somewhat guilty of indulging in them. However, there is an alternative to this problem if you’re willing to try it out at home.
Instead of heading out, get all the essentials and do it yourself at home. It’s quite easy really. Take a look at the simple steps to give yourself a fabulous manicure at home.
Start by first removing traces of any nail polish that is left over on the nails. Use a moisturising nail polish remover which does not damage the nail and nourishes the nail buds. Next wash your hands with warm water using a cleansing herbal hand wash soap. This helps to soften the nails making them easier to cut and shape using a nail clipper and a nail file. The herbal hand wash also removes the dirt trapped under the nails and removes the chance of any infections. You can find a natural and herbal hand wash here.
In a medium sized tub, take some warm water and add one to two spoonfuls of Epsom salts. Then add a few drops of a fragranced essential oil to the mix so that it can soften your cuticles and make it easier to do the manicure. You can read more about the benefits of essential oils here.
After soaking your hands in the water mix for four to five minutes, it is time to exfoliate. Use a natural scrub to remove the dead skin cells and reveal the softer skin underneath. Rubbing your hands thoroughly with a hand scrub helps to clean the skin and also remove dry skin that can become flaky. Exfoliating helps to make the skin softer and smoother and give it a silky texture. You can find out more about exfoliating scrubs here.
The next and very important step is to treat your cuticles. Use a cuticle cream to soften them which makes it easier to push the ends back. This opens up your nail buds making it easier to clean off any dirt that may have settled in there. Once the cuticles are nice and soft, use a cuticle stick to push them back and clean them thoroughly with warm water. Click here to know more about how to use a cuticle cream.
Once you have thoroughly rinsed off the cuticle cream, soak your hands in warm water for a few minutes once more. Remove and then pat them dry. Once all water residue has been removed, use a nourishing and moisturising hand lotion and apply it all over the hands, palms and even on the nails. It is important to keep the nails buds and the skin around the nails hydrated to ensure that your hands don’t look dry and flaky. Well moisturised hands and fingers also enhance the quality and appearance of the manicure. You can find wonderful options of hand lotions here.
Finally to complete your manicure, add a base coat of clear nail polish. Then apply two coats of your favourite nail polish and let it dry completely. Voila you are now ready to flaunt your picture perfect, salon-like manicure to everyone you meet.
You can follow the same steps to give yourself a pedicure. Just remember to exfoliate specifically around the heels and use a foot scrub brush to remove the dead skin at the bottom of the foot and remove any dirt that is trapped there. You can also find a plethora of foot creams here to add the finishing touches to your pedicure.
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