The Natural Manicure

If you want to have prettier hands, you can use natural ingredients that won’t cost a lot of money and that also don’t contain cancer causing chemicals. Here are a few easy steps to have prettier hands, naturally.


The Natural Manicure

First, fill a small bowl with warm water and a few drops of your favorite relaxing essential oil, such as lavendar, rose or ylang ylang. Soak your hands for a few minutes to soften cuticles.

Second, push your cuticles back gently with an orange stick. Using a cuticle nipper, trim excess skin and any potential hangnails. Don’t go overboard – you don’t want to remove your cuticles entirely.

Third, whip up a sea salt or sugar scrub. Combine 1/3 cup sea salt (you can also use sugar), the juice of one lime (or lemon), and 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Rub this into your hands for a couple of minutes to slough off dead skin. Rinse with warm water.

Fourth, massage some organic lotion into your hands. Or use a couple of drops of olive or coconut oil. If you do this while your hands are still damp, they won’t feel greasy. Wipe the lotion off your nails with a dry washcloth.

Fifth, buff your fingernails with a fingernail buff until they shine. Shiny, healthy nails are beautiful on their own, but if you want to paint them, be sure to use toulene, DBP and formaldehyde free formulations. Most nail polishes and removers contain these toxins so check labels carefully.

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