Manicures and pedicures
To get your hands and feet looking soft and pretty, follow these home-treatment steps:
- Remove your old nail polish.
- Soak your hands or feet for 5 to 10 minutes in warm water mixed with liquid soap, bath salts, or oils. Dry your hands or feet.
- Apply cuticle cream or oil if your cuticles need it.
- Trim or file your fingernails or toenails. File your fingernails to the shape and length you prefer. Cut your toenails straight across and just lightly file the edges. File in one direction only.
- Push back your cuticles with a cuticle stick or Popsicle stick.
- Exfoliate. Use a gentle scrub like a face scrub on your hands. A body scrub or specially designed foot scrub is a better choice for your feet.
- Buff your fingernails. (You can skip this step for toenails if you like.)
- Polish, using a base coat, two to three coats of color, and a top coat.
- Protect your home-treatment masterpiece. Wear gloves for housework to prevent chips and scratches. On your toes, add another top coat every few days to help polish last longer.
For the feel-good results of a massage whenever you need one, try these home-treatment tips — they focus on tension-filled trouble spots:
- Neck, shoulders, and back. Stroke each shoulder with the opposite hand, from your neck to your elbow, repeating several times. Then rub the back of your neck and the bottom of your skull in circles. You can reduce tension in your back by giving yourself a bear hug, then rubbing your hands along your arms.
- Feet. Put one hand on top of your foot and the other underneath, and press and stroke from your toes to your ankles. Then rub and stretch each toe. Use your thumb to rub the arch and ball of your foot in circles. Repeat on the other foot.
- Hands. Give yourself a home-treatment hand massage any time you apply lotion. Stroke the back of your hand, then squeeze and stroke each finger in turn. Rub the palm in circles with your thumb, and rub the fleshy part beside the base of your thumb.
Here’s how a home treatment can give you the golden tan you crave — without baking in the sun or visiting a salon.
- Shower or bathe and shave.
- Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells.
- Apply a self-tanner over your body evenly and thoroughly. Wipe your palms off on a washcloth afterward.
- Even out any dark spots by wiping the area with hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice.
- Don’t shave or wax for 24 hours after self-tanning.
- Don’t forget sunscreen — your tan doesn’t protect you from the sun’s rays.
With these easy DIY treatments, you’ll look polished, pretty, relaxed, and tanned. Who’s to know you did it all with home treatments?