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Pedicure and Manicure at home

Everyone loves to have beautiful hands and lovely legs. It is possible to get lovely hands and legs with proper care and beauty treatment at the comforts of your home.You do not have to spend a lot of money on costly beauty products or on beauty parlors, when you can do manicure (for hands) and pedicure (for legs) at home. Regular manicure and pedicure helps to improve blood circulation, removes the dead skin and relaxes your body and mind. Follow these easy  steps to give yourself a  manicure and pedicure at home. The method and steps are almost the same for both. So what are you waiting for? Get started and pamper your hands and feet and feel the difference.

Things required

A plastic tub or basin
Baby Shampoo
Sea salt/rock salt – 1 tbsp
Lemon – 1
Rose petals (optional)- few
Dettol /anti-bacterial liquid soap – 2-3 drops

Nail polish remover
Cotton wool
Nail cutter/clippers
Nail file (comes along with a nail cutter)
Nail brush
Orange stick
Cuticle cream
Cuticle nippers
Moisturiser

Base coat
Nail polish
Top coat (optional)

Method

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

2.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.

3.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.

4.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.)

Hand nails- File your nail’s sharp ends and  shape then as desired.

For toe nails- Wipe toe nails and cut them straight across to avoid ingrown nails. File them using the nail file.

5.Apply cuticle cream to the base of each nail and rub over your nails and message gently. Gently push back the cuticles using the orange stick in 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. I suggest that you avoid this step as it is best done by a professional.

6.Wash  hands/feet, pat them dry with a turkish towel (dry well between the fingers and toes)

7.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.

8.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.

9.Lastly wrap orange stick in cotton wool, dip it in polish remover and 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.

Give yourself  home manicures and pedicures once in a month following these simple steps/ tips and pamper your hands and feet!

 

Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Cracked feet is a very common foot problem usually caused by dry skin, over weight, prolonged standing, use of harsh products, not taking proper care of the feet, etc. Using an oil based moisturizing cream to massage your feet twice daily helps to reduce the problem. Drink enough water and have a nutritious diet.

Natural remedies for treating Cracked feet:

Before retiring to bed, wash your feet well, pat dry, apply Vaseline or petroleum jelly and slip on a pair of cotton socks. If followed regularly, your feet will become soft within a few days.

Mix fresh lemon juice, castor oil, rose water and apply it after cleaning your feet.

Soak feet in warm water for 10 minutes, to which a tbsp of rock salt and juice of 1 fresh lemon is added.

Olive oil can be applied regularly to have a soft feet.

Mix equal quantity of castor oil and coconut oil, add a pinch of turmeric powder to it and make a paste. Apply this paste on your cracked heels.

Mix rose water with glycerin and apply it to your feet daily to cure cracked heels naturally.

Neem oil mixed with turmeric powder can be used to treat cracked feet, though it is very messy.

Before going to bed at night, wash your legs well, pat it dry and apply a little coconut oil on your heels.

Melt a little paraffin wax, mix it with mustard oil and apply on cracked heels. Rinse it off after an hour.

Rubbing lemon rind  daily for a few days also helps.

These natural remedies will help you to get rid of cracked feet, if problem persists, consult your doctor.

 

Natural Foot Care Tips

Most of us take care of our face but the feet is the most neglected part of the body. In fact the legs bear the whole weight of the body. So we should include foot care in our daily routine. Here are few foot care tip to take care of your  feet, the natural way.

  • Soak feet in a large basin of  warm water to which 2 tbsp of mineral salt is added, for about 10 minutes. You can place pebbles in the large bowl and roll your feet back and forth giving slight pressure as it gives a massaging effect. Scrub using pumice stone to remove dead skin. Wash your feet well, then pat it dry and massage with a moisturizing cream. This treatment also relieves pain.
  • You can add juice of one lemon or a few neem leaves to the water in which you soak your feet.
  • Rose petals or 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil can be added to the water to give a spa effect at home.
  • Hot (bearable) and cold treatment  improves blood circulation. Soak feet in hot water first, and then in cold water. Do this for 5-10 minutes and end with cold water .

Exercise for your feet:

Exercise will improve blood circulation to your feet.

Hold your ankles with your hand and rotate it with your other hand both clockwise and anticlockwise. Do this for both the legs.

Also rotate each toes with your hands.

Bend the toes forward and backwards. Point your toes downwards as far as possible then flex them as high as possible. Do this for both the legs.

Drop few pebbles or marbles on the floor and try to pick them up with your toes.

Walking is considered one of the best exercise for your legs. Go for brisk walk at least 5 days a week.

Daily care 

Take a few minutes to massage your legs with coconut oil or olive oil everyday before bath.

After shower, dry your feet well in between toes with a towel to prevent fungal infection.

Do’s and Don’ts

Avoid heels as far as possible. Doctors of podiatric medicine believe, heels are medically unsound and attribute postural and  safety problems.

Buy good fitting shoes which is comfortable for you, see to it that, there is some space for the toes to move. Walk around the stores for a few minutes to check if you are comfortable with it.

Shop for shoes later in the day.When buying shoes, always try shoes wearing the socks.

Try these simple tips and take care of your feet the natural way.