Typing. Cooking. Working out. Coloring with the kids. Our poor hands can never catch a break–especially when we can’t seem to squeeze in that weekly mani. So here are a few tips on keeping your digits presentable in a pinch.
First and foremost, you’ve gotta keep the flakes at bay, and it’s easy to do with a simple hand scrub you can make at home using raw honey and sugar. Slather it on a couple times a week and you’ll be shocked at the difference it makes.
Keep a cuticle pen on hand.
Sorta like your trusty concealer pen, but this guy is filled with oil that soothes those scraggly cuticles (and prevents painful hangnails). We love Dr. Hauschka’s version, which fortifies nails against breakage while softening any hard skin around the nail bed.
Moisturize after washing
Scalding-hot water and soap are pretty much the biggest culprits of dry, cracked hands. Every time you cleanse, be sure to follow up with lotion to add moisture back in. We keep a bottle next to the sink as a constant reminder (and a smaller one in our purse).
Keep nails short.
Long, almond-shaped nails may seem glamorous. until you’re constantly picking dirt out from under them. Do yourself a favor and keep your nails trimmed to avoid unnecessary grime.
Work around a chip
A weird but useful trick: At the first sign of chipped polish, grab the acetone. but don’t use any elbow grease just yet. Dip a cotton ball into a tiny bit of remover and then gently swipe it from the base of the nail toward the tip. The remover will spread the color and cover the chip enough to continue on with your day. Then, once back at home, go forth with full removal.
When in doubt, paint a clear coat
So you don’t have time to apply an actual color? Never underestimate the power of simple clear polish. If you’re in a pinch, just swipe on a topcoat to give your nails a hint of shine.
Show some skin
OK, so this isn’t exactly a treatment, but showing off your delicate wrist area works wonders. Roll up your sleeves and slip on a dainty gold bracelet to make your hands appear elongated and more feminine. Trust: It’s the same concept as showing some ankle.
Chipped nail polish, overgrown cuticles and dry skin! That’s it! You have neglected your hands for too long now. You know what they say—a girl’s hands say a lot about her. What? They don’t? Well, they should. While dry and dull hands can be unsightly, pretty looking, soft hands can really make a great impression. Read on for pro tips to take care of your hands and make them look enviably gorgeous.
Dry hands are uncomfortable and unappealing. Keep a moisturiser or a hand cream at hand (pun intended) and moisturise several times a day. Every time you wash your hands, grab the moisturiser and treat your hands to the hydration it lacks.
Just like the skin on your face, hands have dead skin cells too. Exfoliate your hands with a gentle scrub to get the dirt and dead skin off and unlock brighter skin. You can also DIY a hand scrub using equal parts olive oil and sugar. Take the scrub and rub your hands together for five minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
Invest in good hand products
Use only good quality, rich moisturiser or hand cream for your hands. Not only this, but while buying hand wash, soap and dish wash, opt for a gentler or herbal formula that doesn’t dry out the skin on your hands.
Pay attention to nails
Brittle nails are a sign that you don’t take care of your hands as much as you should. Trim and file your nails from time to time to avoid broken nails and apply Vaseline Original Pure Skin Jelly and massage your fingernails every day before going to bed. This will keep the cuticles from chipping and make your nails stronger.
Keep them well groomed
Pamper yourself with a manicure and give your nails the TLC they deserve. Remove old, chipped nail polish and file your nails. Soak them in essential oil-infused lukewarm water and clean them properly. Apply a nice nail colour and moisturise. Do this DIY mani session regularly for smooth and beautiful hands.
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Our hands need as much care as our faces. They carry out most of our daily chores and handle several harmful products. So, we have listed 10 beauty tips for hands to make them look smooth, soft, and nice. Keep reading to know the best ways to pamper your hands at home.
10 Simple Beauty Tips For Hands
Check out here what are the basic steps you need to follow to get beautiful and soft hands.
1. Moisturize your hands:
Use a good quality hand moisturizer and apply on hands at least thrice a day after you have washed it thoroughly. In the summers use a light non greasy moisturizer and in the winters opt for something heavier like body butter. Winters tend to dry out the skin, so you can do with the extra moisturizing.
2. Pamper the hands:
Indulge in a manicure at least once a month. With a manicure your hands get cleaned, exfoliated and massaged. It’s thorough nourishment that your hands get.
3. Wash your hands:
When you wash your hands, ensure that you wash your hands in lukewarm water all year round. Too hot water or too cold water tends to damage the skin (1). Never use normal dish soap because it is harsh on the skin and it also dries the skin easily(2).
Scrub your hands at least once a week with a good exfoliating agent to get rid of any dead skin. No time to buy one? Make one at home. Take a teaspoon each of fine sugar and olive oil and mix it well with the juice of half a lime. If you want to try something different, add one drop of your favorite EO and you are done! You have your homemade exfoliating scrub ready.
Tip: You can use this scrub without the olive oil too. If you’ve used the oil, wash your hands with a mild soap and lukewarm water. If you’ve used it without the olive oil, just rinse your hands in lukewarm water and pat dry.
Massage your hands at night for at least five minutes to let the goodness of the moisturizer soak in. For very rough hands, mix your moisturizer with a bit of Vaseline so that they are protected all through the night.
6. Protect your hands:
When you are washing dishes, gardening or carrying out any chore that allows your hand to interact with chemicals, grease or dirt, ensure that you are wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands.
7. File and Trim:
When you file your nails, file them in one direction rather than a seesaw action. A seesaw action can separate the layers of the nail and if water finds its way between those nail layers, it can lead to nail peeling. Trim your nails at least once in two weeks or as required.
8. Paint your nails:
When you paint your nails, always use a base coat so that your nails are not stained. Using a base-coat will also help the nail-polish last longer.
9. Protect your cuticles:
Use a good quality cuticle cream or oil to prevent the cuticles from roughing out or drying. Looking for an alternative you can do at home? Apply a few drops of glycerine to your hands overnight at least twice a week and wash off with lukewarm water in the morning. You will wake up with softer hands.
10. Eat right:
What you eat is very important. Proteins, Vitamin B, Vitamin E supplements should be a part of your diet to get healthy, strong nails and to keep your hands supple and soft (3).
Our hands need extra care and pampering to make them soft and smooth. Moisturizing your hand regularly, going for a manicure at least once a month, washing your hands with lukewarm water, protecting your hands from harmful products and chemicals, wearing gloves while gardening, and trimming and filing the nails at least once in two weeks are different ways to keep your hands healthy, soft, and supple. Eating the right foods with enough proteins and vitamins is also good for your nails and hands. So, follow these beauty tips for hands to help you get that soft and supple hands.
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Whether you have engagement or wedding photos coming up or simply want more beautiful hands, these tips are sure to help.
Have dry weather and doing all those holiday dishes left your hands looking disheveled? All of us would like to have hands that look neat, beautiful, and well-manicured. That’s a tall order if your hands are exhibiting problems such as yellowed nails, brown spots, and signs of aging. We’ve got tips and ways to help.
5 misconceptions about your fingernails
Fingernail health problems are often exacerbated by a lack of accurate information. It may surprise you that there a lot of myths about fingernails—a recent Well + Good post we saw debunked a number of them. Here are highlights as well as some tips from us:
Myth #1: White spots on your nails point to a calcium deficiency
Actually, it’s much more likely that it’s a sign of injury. Mineral deficiency rarely causes white spots on the nails.
Tip: Buy cut-resistant gloves to protect your hands when chopping food or doing other activities that are likely to cause injury.
Myth #2: You need to give your nails time to “breathe”
Don’t sweat it; your nails get all the oxygen they need from your internal blood flow.
Tip: If you want an occasional boost in blood flow to your hands, get a hand massage as part of your manicure.
Myth #3: You should trim your cuticles.
Actually, the cuticles serve an important purpose, providing a protective barrier against bacteria. There’s no need to cut them.
Tip: Let your manicurist know your preferences regarding cuticles. Most are experienced with various methods and happy to accommodate their client’s wishes.
Myth #4: During a manicure, your nails should be soaked.
A good soak may feel nice, but a dry manicure can be every bit as effective. Plus oversoaking can dry out the hands, especially in winter.
Tip: If you need a quick polish change, there is no need to stress about getting a hand soak. If you enjoy soaking your hands, be sure to moisturize your hands as a protective measure before your manicure begins and again after the polish has dried.
Myth #5: You can leave nail polish on as long as you want.
Not true for darker polish colors. As stated earlier, you don’t need to let nails breathe—but if you keep dark polish on for too long, it can cause your nails to turn yellow. This is especially true of darker shades of polish.
Tip: If you love the look of a perfect French manicure, make light polish colors your go-to choice; there are many beautiful lighter shades these days. When you do choose a darker polish, limit the time you wear it and use a couple of layers of clear undercoat.
3 Tips for Getting More Beautiful Hands
1. Moisturize and protect with SPF (especially physical sunscreen like zinc or titanium dioxide)
We’re sure you’ve heard this, but it’s so important, we want to revisit the subject! One of the main reasons our hands show early signs of aging is that they are exposed to the sun year-round. Additionally, many people will religiously apply physical-based sunscreen to their faces but forget the backs of their hands—or, if they apply it in the morning, forget to reapply after handwashing. Wear a physical sunscreen on the back of your hands and keep a small tube at the ready for reapplying.
2. Rejuvenate sun-damaged hands with laser technology or a peel
If you have concerns about fine wrinkles, brown spots, or other pigmentation issues, many facial rejuvenation procedures can be applied to the hands. An IPL Photofacial can do wonders for pigmentation issues and help reverse sun damage. Chemical peels are another way to renew the appearance of your hands.
3. Use nano fat injection or dermal fillers to provide a more youthful look
If your hands have become hollow-looking or simply aren’t as shapely as they used to be, we can use a dermal filler like Radiesse, FDA indicated for hand rejuvenation, to rejuvenate your hands. Just as filler injections do for your face, they can also add volume to your hands, delivering a lasting, more youthful appearance. Fillers for hands can also help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, so if you worry that your hands look too old, this can be a procedure well worth exploring.
Nano fat (ultra-micronized fat injection) helps restore lost fat on the back of the hand without the irregularities possible with traditional fat grafting. Additionally, nano fat includes your own stem cells (adipocyte line) to enhance the appearance of the overlying skin and, though your hands will continue to age, can provide very long-lasting results.
Learn More About Bellevue Hand Rejuvenation
If you have any further questions about Bellevue hand rejuvenation or about the best practices for keeping hands and nails looking their best, reach out to us at any time. Our skincare experts would love to help!
Hand modeling is something that I accidentally fell into—not many little girls dream of one day being a hand model. I never even considered it a real job until I moved to New York City. It is an incredibly odd line of work. Still, it certainly has its upsides: a lot of free manicures (often with insanely ornate nail art), the chance to wear incredibly expensive jewelry, and the opportunity to place your hands on the occasional celebrity's face.
My hands have been shot for Vogue, Nylon Magazine, Brides Magazine, NY Magazine, Refinery29 editorials, Sally Hansen campaigns, Smith and Cult nail art tutorial videos, and much more. Each job could be completely different from the one prior. My job can vary from chopping food or holding a beauty product to wearing incredible nail art by some of the industry's best manicurists, to even being a hand double for someone.
It is an unusual job. I can walk around the city and see myself in signs or advertisements, and no one else knows it’s me! I’m just a segmented part of a person in a picture. And if you’re going to be a successful parts model, maintenance is essential. I have a ton of tips that I’ve picked up from other hand models, along with my own little tricks that I do to keep my hands looking healthy and camera-ready.
Ditch the Cuticle Cutters
The most important hand-care tip is to ditch the cuticle cutters and use a cuticle cream or oil. Cutting your cuticles can make them grow tougher and more jagged if it’s not done correctly. The cuticle is like the root of your nail—if you want healthy and long nails, you need to start taking care of your cuticles. All you need to do is use cuticle oil or cream and gently push back your cuticles occasionally. I love to use Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme ($6) and Deborah Lippmann’s Cuticle Oil ($20).
DIY an Overnight (Hand) Mask
My next tip is a hand-model mainstay for getting your hands extra moisturized. The night before a shoot, I generously slather my hands in lotions, as well as the all-important cuticle oil, and then slip my gooey hands into cotton overnight gloves. This makes them retain the moisture all night, and you wake up with incredibly soft hands. I like to mix it up with a Burt’s Bees Hand Salve ($9) or the Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream ($9)—they’re both super-rich and pretty sticky, so they work best with the glove technique.
Try Paraffin Wax
If your hands ever crack or get especially dry in the winter, you might want to look into a paraffin wax treatment. My mom introduced me to them, and I like doing it. You dip your hands (or your feet) several times in melted warm paraffin wax, let the wax harden around your hands, and then slip on these towel-like mittens to keep in the warmth. After about 10-15 minutes, or when the wax has completely hardened and cooled, you crack off the wax, and your skin feels crazy soft and rehydrated.
Remove Glitter Polish
This is a trick I picked up from manicurists on set when they were removing bright polish, a complicated nail art design, or even glitter polish. If you soak cotton balls in nail polish remover and let them rest on your painted nails for a little while, it'll loosen the polish. Then, if you squeeze the cotton balls down and pull them off the nail, most of the polish should come off. Sometimes rubbing off dark polishes can stain your skin or even push pigment under your cuticles, so this is a better solution.
Buff Away Stains
Now, this tip might seem a bit obvious, but I cannot stress it enough: ALWAYS use a base coat when you're painting your nails anything colorful. Unfortunately, this is something I learned the hard way. There is nothing more frustrating than waiting for weirdly stained and nasty-looking nails to grow out. I like to use Sally Hansen's Double Duty Base Coat and Top Coat because it's two-in-one and doesn't chip. I also use this as a clear coat because it feels like it makes my nails a little stronger.
If you do accidentally stain your nails, you can do a few things to minimize the damage. First, lightly buff the surface of your nails with a fine-grit nail buff to help remove the stains. Typically, stains are only on the superficial layers of your nails, so buffing them can make a big difference (remember, buffing can also make your nails thinner and weaker if you do it too aggressively, so go easy!). After gently buffing, scrub your nails with a soft toothbrush and a mixture of peroxide, baking soda, and lemon juice to help clean out any residual stains. A great way to "cheat" whiter edges on your nails is to use a whitening pencil—it's not permanent, but it is a helpful quick fix.
Dry and rough hands never give you a comfortable feeling. No matter how much time you spend on looking good for a much-awaited function, if your hands appear parched, your entire look is at stake. Beautiful hands come with regular care. However, if you are in hurry and your hands feel dry, here is a DIY which you may like to try. I am sure you would love the smooth, nourished and soft feeling it imparts to your hands.
20 Minutes DIY to soft and beautiful hands – Ingredients:
You would need the following ingredients:
- Soaked walnuts (if not available, soaked almonds would do).
- Rose water (I use Dabur Gulabari).
- Olive oil (I use Bertolli Classico Olive oil).
You would also need nail polish remover, cotton, towel, nail-clipper, nail file, nail polish and a beautiful ring of your choice if you want added embellishment.
20 Minutes DIY to soft and beautiful hands – Steps:
You wouldn’t perhaps like to call it a “manicure” because it doesn’t necessarily include all the steps involved there. However, it is quite akin to one and takes care of your hands in 15 minutes’ time:
1. Remove any nail polish on your nails with a good quality nail polish remover and cotton.
2. Take some lukewarm water in a bowl and add some drops of olive oil in it. Soak your hands in it for some time.
3. Dry your hands with a towel and clip the nails. File your nails to shape them.
4. Take some soaked walnuts and grind them. About 2 to 3 whole walnuts should be sufficient.
5. It is better to use the pestle and mortar for grinding the walnuts. This will ensure that the particles are not crushed to make a smooth paste (as in a mixer). Walnuts would be used for exfoliation and hence the pestle and mortar business.
6. Add rose water to the ground walnuts, 2 to 3 spoons should be enough.
7. Scrub your hands by rubbing the walnut-rosewater mixture. Use hand-washing movements. Rinse off with plain water.
8. Take 2 spoons of milk.
9. Add a spoon of honey.
10. Add a spoon of olive oil and mix the ingredients properly.
11. Take the mixture in small batches and apply on your hands like you apply body lotion. Reapply and massage well. Repeat this process over and over again till the mixture is used up.
12. As you massage, the mixture is absorbed by your skin and a sticky feeling persists on the hands. Rinse with plain water.
13. Apply nail polish of your choice and let it dry. Depending upon your mood and needs, you can choose any shade. I chose a gorgeous shade just because I felt an intense urge to color my nails dark red. I used Oriflame Visions Quick Dry Nail Polish (Black Cherry).
14. Embellish your finger with a ring to add extra brilliance to your hands. I wore a purple-stone studded ring which I picked at a random and which I love a lot!
20 Minutes DIY to soft and beautiful hands – Time Management:
- Nail polish removal- 2 minutes.
- Hand soak- 3 minutes.
- Nail clipping and filing- 3 minutes.
- Hand scrubbing- 2 minutes.
- Hand massage- 5 minutes.
- Nail polish application- 3 minutes.
- 2 minutes for drying the nail polish applied
This DIY wouldn’t take more than 20 minutes at the most.
15 Minutes to soft and beautiful hands – Pointers:
• It can be a part of your daily hand care regimen.
• It is effective on normal to dry hands.
• If your hand is extra-dry, you may like to add milk in the scrub instead of rosewater and two spoons of olive oil to the hand massage recipe instead of one.
• The DIY is cheap and can be done with the most easily available ingredients.
How To Make Hands And Feet Look Pretty? To have a flawless and pretty face is not enough. Your beauty depends on your outlook and personality. Every inch of your body from head to toe defines you. You wear makeup to highlight your face. Your clothes to flaunt the best features of your body. But often we tend to forget the most important parts of our body, i.e. our hands and feet.
Often hands and feet are the second most noticeable things after your face. Your hands are important when it comes to body language. When you meet a person, you shake hands. The heels or peep toes you wear, expose a good region of your feet. It is very important to take care of hands and feet. They should look clean and healthy. Often your nails are not trimmed or shaped properly. Maybe the nail paints are chipping off. It might look dry and rough. The cracks on your ankles can be an unpleasant sight. But we have made a list of things on ‘How to make hands and feet look pretty’.
How to make Hands and Feet Look Pretty
Here we have listed some points about how to make hands and feet look pretty
Your hands and feet are the most exposed parts of your body. It loses moisture very easily. To have healthy skin, drink plenty of water. Additionally, you can use a moisturizer to keep your dry skin hydrated.
Regularly apply moisturizer to have clean and healthy hands and feet. It is very important. Perhaps equally important as applying cream or serum on your face. Moisturizing will help to remove the roughness or the scratchy appearance on the skin of your hands and feet.
Do not ignore the major role of a Mani and Pedi session. To have pretty hands and feet, get a Mani and Pedi session every once in a while. You don’t have to spend money in a Salon to get your manicure or pedicure done. You can give yourself a mini Mani-Pedi session at home. All you need is a nail trimmer, a shaper, a transparent nail liquor and some nail clippers. Keep a bucket of water nearby. Use Pumice stone to remove the dead cells from your soles. Some cotton balls and a towel. And you are ready to have a Mani-Pedi session at home.
Always massage your hands and feet. Use baby oil or Olive oil to massage it regularly. You can also use Jojoba or Coconut oil. Massaging will increase the blood circulation and it will ease the tension or stress building up in your muscles. It is important to have healthy hands and feet.
Lemon will help to remove the tan from your feet and hands. Since they are the most exposed parts of your body; tanning is inevitable. You definitely need to get rid of the tanning and darkness caused by the UV rays. Start squeezing lemon on your hands and feet. It is easy to do and an effective method available to remove the tan. You can rub the leftover lemon skin on the tanned area to have clean hands and feet.
5. Protect Them
Feet and hands are more prone to injuries and dirt. Always protect your hands and feet. Healthy hands and feet are naturally beautiful. Wash them whenever possible. Keep them dry. Wear comfortable footwear. You can wear gloves to protect your hands from getting tanned. Protection is important to take care of hands and feet. Never bite your nails. Nail-biting is considered unhealthy and disgusting. Whether you have small or long nails, keep them clean. Pretty hands and feet have primped nails. Never have chipped off nail paints on your nails. It shows how little you care about your nails. Whenever the paint has started to come off; apply a new coat or remove it using a remover.
6. Lukewarm Water
Every once in a while you can soak your legs and hands in a bucket of lukewarm water. It will improve blood circulation, release stress and clean your feet. You can add a few drops of essential oil like Rosewater, Jojoba oil, Lavender oil and soap water to it. It is important to have clean hands and feet. This will remove the dry skin and dead cells as well as provide moisturization. If you have an internal inflammation; this method will soothe the swollen muscles.
7. No To Smelly Feet
Sometimes your feet might develop a bad odor. If you haven’t been cleaning them properly, or when your feet are not dried properly. It might cause bacterial or fungal infection. So make sure that your feet are clean. Wash your socks and shoes and dry them in sunlight. This will kill all the infectious fungi and bacteria. Choose good quality materials for your socks. Use a good fragrance of body wash to get rid of the odor. Maintain hygiene for healthy hands and feet.
8. Peeled Off Skin
The skin on your hands or feet can start to peel off due to lack of proper care. Mainly because of nutrient deficiency and hygiene. If this is a frequent occurrence, then consult a Dermatologist. Do not peel off your skin. Apply a moisturizer or lotion prescribed by your doctor.
External care is important, but without having proper nutrition and food you cannot have pretty hands and feet. You need metal minerals like Magnesium, Iron and Calcium for your nails. Vitamin and Omega acid are important as well. They will make your nails stronger and it will grow faster. You need to have protein-rich food, like meat, fish, egg and green leafy vegetables.
10. Nail Paints
To have pretty hands and feet you can always apply a coat of nail polish. There are a lot of shades available in the market. You can just have a transparent coat or any other color from bright to nude. Make sure your cuticles are moisturized.
11. Fish Spa
You can give your legs a fish spa to remove the dead skin and dead cells. It is not very expensive. The fish called Garra rufa eats away the dead skin thus exfoliating your skin. This spa is gaining popularity now. You can get this spa at a Salon or a nearby mall.
12. Say No To Cracks
Apply glycerine to your cracks. A lot of ointments and creams are available. Cracks are disgusting to see and hiding them is not enough. Apply sunscreen to your hands and feet as well. Winters can be rough on your skin, especially for hands and feet. Use gloves while doing dishes and protect your skin as much as possible. We have provided simple tips on how to take care of hands and feet. They are easy to do and not very expensive. We have answered how to make hands and feet look pretty and healthy. When you look at the pictures of models and their pretty hands and feet; you get envious.
You might think that it requires a high level of maintenance. But it is not true. By using the methods we have mentioned above and taking care of your skin it is achievable.
With the nail art craze booming, hands are on display big time. With these simple hand and nail care steps, though, it’s easy to keep hangnails and cuticle issues from ruining the awesome effect.
1. Use a milky hand wash.
The clearer the cleanser, the more it may dry out your skin. Also avoid soaps that contain the harsh chemical triclosan (often marked “antibacterial”) and instead look for naturally antibacterial ingredients such as tea tree oil or eucalyptus.
2. Never put your hands in hot or icy water.
“Hot water makes skin dry by taking away sebum; cold can cause a constriction and then a dilation of capillary vessels, leading to redness,” explains manicurist Mie Kitabayashi of Beverly Hills’ Chi Nail Bar.
3. Lube up with oils.
“Oils are the best way to get moisture into the skin,” according to manicurist Kimmie Kyees, who recommends Sally Hansen Dry Chapped Hand Creme ($6, at drugstores), which contains safflower seed oil.
4. Learn proper cuticle care.
“If cuticles are dry and torn, any manicure will look old,” says L’Oreal Paris global nail artist Tom Bachik. However, “cutting cuticles can open you up to infection and make them look worse,” warns Illamasqua manicurist Fleury Rose. Exfoliate hands with a body scrub, then nip only hangnails that you can wiggle.
Soften other cuticles weekly with Be Natural Cuticle Eliminator ($6, sallybeauty.com), says manicurist Miwa Kobayashi, of L.A.’s Sally Hershberger salon. Then push them back with an orange stick.
5. Moisturize post-sanitizer.
It’s a step most of us wouldn’t think to do, but it’s important: “High amounts of alcohol can dehydrate skin and nails, making polish chip faster,” says Sally Hansen manicurist Tracylee. Just wait until the sanitizer has dried.
6. Protect with sunscreen.
Your hands can wrinkle and spot just as fast as your face. Kitabayashi mixes Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion SPF 38, ($34, shiseido.com) with lotion. “Sunscreen alone can be drying to hands,” she says.
To even out spots, Rose likes L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Hand Care SPF 20 ($30, usa.loccitane.com), which contains Bellis perennis (a daisy plant) extract.
7. Try anti-aging face cream.
Bachik uses L’Oreal Paris Revitalift ($20 and up, at drugstores)—its retinol improves elasticity—during his clients’ manicures. To conquer crepeyness, apply it to the backs of your hands at night.
However, an impressive manicure is more than just filing your nails and coating them with nail-polish. The ritual can be as extensive as taking care of your face.
An impressive manicure is more than just filing your nails and coating them with nail-polish. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)
Making time for a professional manicure is sheer indulgence. Not all of us have the time, money or patience for a nail makeover every week and while you may think the process is time-consuming and can only be done by salon experts, let us tell you it’s not.
However, an impressive manicure is more than just filing your nails and coating them with nail polish. The ritual can be as epretty extensive. But that said, you can do it easily in the comfort of your own home.
Here’s what you need in order to give yourself a manicure.
*Nail polish remover
*Cuticle pusher and nipper
*Cuticle remover or cuticle cream
*A base coat for the nails
*Your favourite nail polish
Here’s a simple guide that you can follow to give yourself a manicure at home.
Remove any traces of nail polish
It is better to use a non-acetone nail polish remover as it does not dry out the skin around your nails. (Photo: Thinkstoick Images)
To begin with, remove the nail polish that you are wearing. Use a non-acetone nail-polish remover and cotton pads to remove your old nail-polish gently.
If you use a nail-polish remover more than once a month, it is better to use a non-acetone one as it doesn’t dry out the skin around your nails. While acetone-based nail-polish removers work much faster, they can damage your nails.
Start with the shape
For filing your nails, always opt for a soft nail file to prevent tearing or splitting your natural nails. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)
Here comes the second step, which primarily includes filing and clipping your nails. A salon-standard manicure starts with perfectly shaped nails. Try avoiding metal or coarse nail files — both are too harsh for natural nails and can cause damage. For filing your nails, always opt for a soft nail file to prevent tearing or splitting your natural nails.
Be careful not to over-buff, though since it can weaken your nails. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)
Aim to paint in three strokes by starting in the middle of the nail. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)
Begin with a clear base coat to your nails before painting the colourful nail polish to prevent staining. Paint your nail in three thick swipes. Remember to always seal the deal by running your topcoat along the top edge of your nail after application, too. This will help minimise chipping and in turn extends wear-time.
Put an end to chipping
Ensure that you focus especially on your fingers and the area around your nails. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)