Following are some manicure and pedicure tips which you can easily perform ar home and there is no need to go to parlor for expensive treatments.
Beautiful hands and feet are comforting to have, but are sometimes hard to come by. Spending hours at the nail salon having your tips buffed, wrapped, and polished until they gleam may sound glamorous. But in the real world, who has the time? the thing is, just because you are short on time doesn’t mean you should ignore your nails. Check out these tips on how to keep your hands and feet beautiful without spending huge amounts of money and time.
It is important to have healthy nails. The color of your nails is an indicator of your general health. Your nails are part of your body too so you must take good care of them. Here are a few tips on how to take care of your nails.
Healthy nails are transparent and look pink in color as a result of the blood beneath them. If you wear nail polish on a regular basis then, take them off for a day or two every week, in order to let your nails breath.Add shine to your nails by massaging coconut oil or warm castor oil on them.
If you do not like nail polish then apply dry soap to your nails and buff or use lemon peel for a similar result.
Dip a cotton-tipped swab in hydrogen peroxide to clean under the nails and whiten them. Before giving yourself a manicure, dip your nails in a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Put your fingertips in half a lemon and twist your finger back and froth to clean the cuticles and nails.
Like the nails on your hand, the nails on your feet too need to be taken care of. You can give yourself a pedicure at home. Remove old nail polish completely. Using cotton balls leaves traces of cotton on your nails to try using cotton bands instead. Soak the cotton band with acetone remover and remove the old polish. If the color is not coming off the press the cotton on to the nail and let it soak for a while.
It is always best to use high-quality clippers to cut your toenails. Cut your nails straight across, leaving about 1/8 inch of length. Do not let your nail extend over the tip of your toe.
For a soft square shape, file the nail around the corners in one direction. Use Emory boards and not metal files, as metal files rip nails. The smoother surface is for smoothing the nail edge while the coarser surface id for shortening and shaping nails. Fill a big flat bottom bowl with warm water. Add bath salts, aromatherapy oils or Epsom salts and let your feet soak for 15 minutes. The more calloused your feet are the longer they need to stay soaked. Add about a quarter cup of milk to the warm water. lactic acid in the milk loosens dead skin.
Apply cuticle remove to the base of each nail and rub in. Wait for a minute then using an orange wood stick, slowly push the skin back where it meets the nail. Use cuticle nippers to trim loose skin. Do not cut your toe flesh. Use an exfoliating body or foot scrub and a foot file or a wet pumice stone and remove the dead on the balls and heels of your feet. The idea is the smooth and not the remove. If your foot is turning bright red then stop. This means that you are scrubbing too hard.
Dry your feet thoroughly including between the toes and apply nourishing foot cream. Rub the feet and rehydrate cuticles by rubbing a little cuticle oil.
Use an acetone remover to get rid of the extra oils on the nails. Apply a thin base coat and using 3 strokes, one down the middle and one on each side. Do not paint cuticles. Apply 3 coats totally and then apply a thin topcoat. Use orangewood stick wrapped in cotton dipped in nail polish remover to remove excess nail polish.
Let your nails dry completely before you wear shoes.