Homemade Nail and Skin Treatments
Now that we are at the height of the holiday shopping season, squeezing in a little time to pamper yourself may seem out of the question. But with a little creativity and effort, you can spoil yourself right in the comfort of your own home. In just about 20 minutes and with some items you can find in your own kitchen, you will be well on your way on soft, smooth skin and neat, trim nails.
This is a great way to remove dry, dead, flaky skin from your hands and feet, according to Styles101.com:
• Two tablespoons of sea salt (fine texture)
• Two teaspoons of oatmeal
• One teaspoon of baking soda
Mix in a bit of water, so the scrub takes on a paste-like texture. Rub it over your hands or feet , then rinse and pat dry.
Are your nails weak and brittle?. This soak will help to reinforce stronger and longer nails, according to BecomeGorgeous.com:
• One tablespoon of honey
• Two egg yolks (beaten)
• One quarter cup of milk
Combine all ingredients together, and soak your nails in the mixture for 10-15 minutes.
Many people choose to add essential oils, like lavender oil or chamomile oil, to their nail routine. Boil water and add a few tablespoons of each oil. Wait a few minutes till the water cools a bit, then stick your hands in for 10 minutes and rinse. These oils have a softening effect on your nails, making them easier to file, smooth and shape.
Another treatment involves olive oil. It’s an excellent way to moisturize your nails and cuticles. Warm a few drops of olive oil in a bowl, but make sure it is not too hot. Then, dip in your hands for about five minutes. You can also aid in a few drops of lavender or rosemary oil if you don’t like the smell of olive oil. Don’t t rinse your hands after soaking them in olive oil: it will leave a slight residue, but this helps seal in moisture. You can also put on a pair of gloves afterwards for even more hydration. Works great on your feet too!
Are your nails discolored and yellow? You can whiten them, simply by using a teaspoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons of whitening toothpaste. Leave the treatment on nails for five minutes, and then rinse.
Have Rough, Dry Feet?
Apply a rich layer of coconut oil or plain ‘ole Vaseline to your feet at night. Slide your feet in thick, cotton socks before you lay down for the night. In the morning, your feet will be smooth and soft!
Pamper Wisely and Happy Holidays!