If you’re already missing your Nail Technician, how about giving yourself a little self care while you have some extra time? I’ve scoured the internet for some DIY treatments for your hands, feet and nails that you can make yourself from things you’ll probably already have in your kitchen.
Nourishing hand mask
Mash two mineral rich, anti-oxidant filled store cupboard staples, an avocado and a small banana together, and pop in to some plastic sandwich bag to minimise mess, put you hands in them and let it soak for 5-10 minutes.
This mixture will make your hands super soft, and nourish your nails and cuticles, too.
Lemon Nail Whitener
Make a paste with a tablespoon of lemon juice and three tablespoons of baking soda. Spread it on your nails and let them soak for 15 minutes. Rinse and reveal brighter, whiter nails.
Olive Oil for dry Nails and Cuticles
Olive oil is great for moisturising dry ragged nails and cuticles. Massage a little olive oil into your nails and cuticles, let it soak in and then gently push back your cuticles.
Mayonnaise (yes really)
To condition your nails, just pop them into a bowl of mayonnaise. The fats will moisturise skin and soften cuticles. Keep them in the mayo for about 5 minutes and then wash with warm water.
Vaseline/ Petroleum Jelly
Keep your cuticles moisturised by massaging in Vaseline before you go to bed. This is a great option if you run out of cuticle oil.
Hand and Foot Scrub
Soak your hands and/or feet in a bowl of warm water. In a separate bowl combine equal quantities of sugar and olive oil, half a cup* of each will make enough for a couple of treatments (store in a sealed container for next time).
*If you don’t have measuring cups just use a mug or small glass, as long as you use equal amounts you’ll be fine.
Optional: add a couple of drops of essential oils of your choosing – tea tree oil, peppermint oil, vanilla, lavender etc.if you have some, but avoid if you’re pregnant.
Gently lather a few tablespoons of your freshly made exfoliating scrub onto your hands and/or feet, massage thoroughly, and rinse away with warm water. For lovely silky, soft skin.