I’ve been meaning to tell you for a while now about my do it yourself at home hot hand manicure. Yes I know it’s so much nicer when someone else does it but it’s also so much more expensive. Most of the stuff you need for this you probably already have and you can always improvise if you put your mind to it. You don’t need the exact same products as me.
If you have already been looking after your nails then you can probably skip this first bit and get straight to the luxury bit. However, if like me you have been bad and let you nails go to ruin (by picking off your nail polish or gel manicure) then you will have to do some work.
First you use a cuticle remover or something that will soften the cuticle so you can push it back. I have the Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover. Then you file and shape the nails. Next you use a nail block to smooth and polish the surface of the nail. This doesn’t really take that long to do once you get started but I always put if off.
Now on to the luxury bit. You will need:
A hand or body oil, I have Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil but any body or hand oil will do, even baby oil.
A hand or body lotion. I personally think the Vaseline Intensive Care range are excellent moisturisers at a relatively inexpensive price and they are readily available.
A microwavable reheat able bean bag thingy or hot water bottle.
Two plastic bags, I use sandwich or freezer bags. You could always take a few extra of those plastic bags for fruit and veg in your local supermarket.
All you have to do is get your heat source ready, then massage a generous amount of the oil into your hands, cuticles and nails for a few minutes. Then you massage a generous amount of the lotion into your hands, nails and cuticles for a few minutes. By now you should be very greasy. Slip your hands into the plastic bags and pop them under the heat and relax for as long as you want or can. The heat helps your skin absorb the moisture for a really softening effect. When you take your hands out they will still be greasy so massage the product in a bit more and then wipe the excess off. That’s it.
I haven’t tried it yet but you could also try this with your feet, but that would involve removing the hard skin first, that thought of it just turns my stomach but I’ll have to do something before I subject the world to my bare feet in flip flops.
What are your tips for a DIY luxury treatment?