How to Give Yourself a Simple, Natural Manicure & Pedicure

How to Give Yourself a Simple, Natural Manicure & Pedicure
Paying for manicures and pedicures becomes a costly habit, but many people think the alternative - doing it yourself - is just too much of a hassle. However, you can easily perform a simple manicure or pedicure on yourself in the comfort of your own home, using materials you likely already have in your kitchen. You really don't need the chemical-laden fancy soaps and exfoliants that beauty salons provide to keep your fingers and toes clean and looking pretty. Although going to salons can be relaxing, it's pricey and you also run the risk of picking up infections from improperly cleaned and sterilized tools.

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You'll Need:

- warm water
- milk or apple cider vinegar/rice vinegar/white vinegar
- baking soda
- nail clippers, cuticle stick, nail buffer
- towel
- moisturizer
- essential oils (optional)


Directions:

1. Start with polish-free nails, and soak your hands or feet in a bowl/bucket of milk or vinegar of your choice. The lactic acid in milk helps gently loosen dead cells from your skin, while vinegar does the same thing. DO NOT mix milk and vinegar together; that could get messy. If you would rather not use milk or vinegar, soak your hands/feet in a bowl/bucket of warm water instead. Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oils into the water to create a soothing fragrance. If you suffer from any kind of bacterial or fungal infection, I would suggest adding a few drops of tea tree oil, which has very effective natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
2. Rinse off your hands/feet, and now is the time to use your nail clipper to trim your nails to your desired length and shape. Use your cuticle stick and nail buffer to shape your cuticles and buff the surface of your nails too, if you wish.
3. Create a paste using baking soda and warm water, and use this to gently scrub your hands/feet to exfoliate them. After you're done, rinse off the paste and dry your hands/feet; you'll find your skin will feel very soft and smooth.
4. Rub some moisturizer into your skin and cuticles to keep them hydrated, and you're done! Put on some nail polish if you'd like.

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There is no science or absolute rule to how you can perform manicures and pedicures. Feel free to omit some steps, add some steps, and substitute natural ingredients if you'd like. Just remember to make sure all the things you are using are clean and sterile.

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