Your own spa moment: An at-home manicure and pedicure
Posted on August 28, 2017
You see your hands hundreds of times a day. If they look good to you, you feel better about yourself - and whatever you’re doing. In between visits to your favorite nail salon, you can treat yourself to a luxurious manicure whose results will make you smile.
And, while you’re at it, extend your spa moment with a pedicure. The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps each day; you owe your feet a little pampering.
You’ll want to do the pedicure before you’ve treated your hands to a manicure. It will help you relax even more and will give your newly beautified nails one less thing to do.
If you really want to optimize the spa experience, set a place aside and arrange the tools and ingredients you need ahead of time. You’ll also add little touches that will help you relax and contribute to the sensation of a spa, such as candles, soothing music, and perhaps a pitcher of water infused with mint and citrus fruit.
Once everything is in place, spend a few minutes decompressing, so that your spa experience is separate from the normal rush of your busy day.
Your at-home pedicure
Start your pedicure by filling a large bowl with warm water and a few drops of chamomile and lavender to soothe tired, achy feet. Add a few drops of tea tree oil for anti-fungal properties and sea salt to reduce foot fatigue.
Before you put your feet in the bowl, remove any old nail lacquer on your toenails. Then sit back and relax. Soak your feet for 10-20 minutes.
Dry your feet and apply cuticle softener to the base of each nail. After a few minutes, push cuticles back gently using an orangewood stick. Also gently, remove thick, dead skin with a pumice stone or foot file, then rub with an exfoliating scrub. Rinse with a warm, damp washcloth, massaging as you do. Finish the foot care part of your pedicure with a hydrating foot cream massage.
Apply lacquer, starting at the outsides of the nail and working your way to the center, with three strokes. Use different colors on alternating weeks to avoid nail discoloration.
There. Now that your feet are glowing and beautiful, it’s time for your manicure.
Your rejuvenating manicure
Start by removing old nail lacquer from your nails with a gentle polish remover. File your nails in one direction so they’re as evenly matched as possible, according to the style that you prefer. Rest your hands for a few minutes in soaking tonic, with or without bath salts, or simply use warm, soapy water.
Once your cuticles have softened, apply a small amount of cuticle cream and massage in gently, taking your time. Use an orangewood stick to push back your cuticles. Massage your hands and forearms with a rich and creamy lotion to fully moisturize the skin.
Wipe each nail clean of any excess oil with a cloth before applying a clear base coat of polish. Add two coats of the lacquer of your choice. As with your toes, start at the side of the nail and use three strokes to cover. Finally, apply a protective topcoat to keep your manicure looking perfect longer.Before you jump up and get back to chipping away at your to-do list, take a few moments to admire your handiwork, and count your blessings. Life is good.