Do manicure and Pedicure at home in just 8 easy steps

Everyone loves to have beautiful hands and lovely legs. But we give time to only our beautiful face and our hair and the entire day goes about running around, meeting errands and in the end, we rarely do anything to relieve the tension that builds up for our lovely hands and feet. Times like these call for some pampering. So, here are some tips to do manicure and pedicure at home

Start with a cleaning

Clean your hands/feet well with soap and water. Remove any old nail polish using cotton and nail polish remover.

Soak and Scrub

Take lukewarm water in a basin, add a few drops of baby shampoo, a tbsp. of rock salt and juice of 1 lemon. Soak your hands/feet in it for 10-15 minutes. Then lightly scrub and clean your nails with a soft bristled nail brush.For feet, rub with pumice stone underneath your feet to remove dead cells. (Especially on the balls, sides, and heels of your feet). Then wipe your hands/feet dry.

Cutting time

Cut the nails with a nail cutter and remove dirt from underneath the nail corners. (Since the nails will be soft after soaking, it will be easier to cut and clean.)For Hand nails, File your nail’s sharp ends and shape them as desired.For toe nails, Wipe toe nails and cut them straight across to avoid ingrown nails. File them using the nail file.

Care for your cuticles

Apply cuticle cream to the base of each nail and rub over your nails and massage gently. Gently push back the cuticles using the orange stick in the circular movement. You can use olive oil also instead of cuticle cream. Trim cuticles (any loose dead skin) while they’re still soft using cuticle scissors or nippers.

Washing and massaging

Wash hands/feet, pat them dry with a Turkish towel (dry well between the fingers and toes) massage your feet and hands gently with a moisturizing lotion or cream. Wipe nails with cotton wool to remove any excess lotion or cream left on the nail bed.

Coloring time

Now it is time to apply nail polish.Apply a base coat first and let it dry. Then apply 2 coats of your desired nail polish. Then finish it off with a thin top coat. This will help your nail polish last longer.For feet, Separate the toes by placing cotton in between your toes or use ready-made toe separator to separate the toes before applying polish.

Shine on

Applying a top coat does more than add shine. Just one coat is all you will need. To quickly refresh your mani/pedi throughout the week, add another layer of top coat. It makes a huge difference, trust me.

The last thing

Remove traces of polish left on the skin to give a neat appearance. If you do not want to paint your nails, just leave it as it is or you can buff your nail with a nail buffer.

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