Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Salon Manicure - A Users Guide
Here it is - how to give a manicure - in 12 luxurious steps:
1. Remove the old nail varnish by wiping with a piece of cotton wool soaked in varnish remover. Once all the varnish has gone, rinse the fingers with clean water.
2. File the nails into the correct shape and buff to remove any little imperfections and rough edges.
3. Dampen the hands a little with water and apply a gentle exfoliator, using a massaging action. Then rinse the hands thoroughly and dry.
4. Soak the hands in soapy water, using a moisturizing cream moisturizing soap, not an astringent. Leave them in the water for about ten minutes.
5. Apply moisturizing cream to the cuticles.
6. Push back the cuticles using a hoof stick (usually a plastic stick with a rubber tip, specially designed for moulding cuticles).
7. Gently massage the cuticles and the whole hand with moisturizing hand cream until it is totally absorbed.
8. Remove excess dead skin around the cuticles and trim any hang-nails using special very tiny, but sharp, nippers.
9. Buff the nails to remove all ridges, imperfections and any unevenness.
10. Apply a rich moisturizing cream to the hands, wrists and lower arms, using a massaging action until the cream is thoroughly absorbed.
11. Then immerse the hands in a Vitamin E rich paraffin http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifbath. This is used to open the pores and let the heat and moisture be thoroughly absorbed. This is done several times, with a short delay between each immersion, allowing the wax to build up in several layers. Once sufficient wax has built up, the hands are wrapped in some thin plastic film or plastic bags and placed into insulating mitts made from towel. After approximately ten minutes the mits and plastic are removed and the wax peeled away. The hands will be beautifully soft.
12. Finally, nail varnish is applied in the form of a base coat, then two layers of your color of choice, and a finishing protective top coat.
That's it. All over! Another perfect, luxuriating, relaxing and beautifying manicure, making you feel good all over.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Skincare for Beautiful Hands
Skincare for beautiful hands
Our hands are the most visible part of our bodies and the ultimate accessory. Hands take a lot of abuse in everyday activities and are constantly exposed to hot and cold climates. Hands are often roughly treated while washing clothes, dishes, scrubbing floors and working in the garden. We often have a tendency to neglect our hands, and do not take proper care to keep them looking young and groomed.
There are a few easy steps you can follow for keeping your hands soft and beautiful. Consider the following tips:
- Keep hands warm in cold weather with warm gloves. Cold weather can severely dry out hands and make wrinkles look much worse.
- Remember to moisturize your hands frequently using a good rich hand cream.
- Avoid nail varnish removers containing Acetone, as these will dry out your nails.
- Use a wooden or metal cuticle pusher after a shower to keep your cuticles looking neat. Cuticles function as barriers against bacteria and fungus, but they can often overgrow. Gently push the cuticles back, never cut your cuticles as it can result in hangnails which can be very painful.
- Give nails breathing room. Experts suggest you take a one-week break from polish every month.
- Exfoliate your hands once a week by using a solution of sea salt mixed with lemon juice. Brush the paste into your hands with an old toothbrush to remove any dead skin cells.
- Sun exposure damages skin so use sunscreen lotion on hands before venturing outside.
- Lemon juice is a great treatment to lighten age spots. Dab some lemon juice on a cotton wool and rub unto hands.
- For silky smooth hands apply petroleum jelly to hands and cover with cotton gloves while you sleep.
- Improve circulation and loosen your finger joints with some hand exercise. Clench your fists tightly for a second and them throw them open so that your fingers are spread as wide as possible. Steadily repeat this 10 times.
Doing your own nails is economical and practical, but a professional manicure every two or three months welcomes a bit of pampering. Professional beauty therapists can deal with tough problems like flaking cuticles and calluses better than you can at home.
Hand and feet care regimes are two of the most popular treatment services carried out by beauticians today. The purpose of the manicure and pedicure is to improve the appearance and condition of hands and feet. Once considered a luxury treatment for only the few, today those services are used by many. Special treatments such as a warm oil bath, paraffin wax treatments and herbal therapies can keep your hands soft and supple forever. Having a professional manicure and pedicure on a regular basis is highly recommended and will have your nails and hand looking beautiful!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Essential Nail Supplies for a Home Manicure
Disposable Nail Supplies-
A beautiful manicure starts with maintaining the health of your nails and cuticles. So cuticle remover, nail hardener, polish remover, and nail color are all must-have nail supplies for DIY manicures. Cuticle remover softens the cuticles so dead skin can be easily removed. Polish remover removes old nail polish from your fingernails. Nail hardener strengthens and protects the nails. And polish gives the nails a salon-finished look.
Portable Nail Station-
No more shuffling through a cluttered cabinet to find misplaced nail supplies. A portable nail station offers you a convenient and organized place to store your nail polish, cotton balls, and polish remover. Some nail stations even come equipped with small stands to support your hands and make doing manicures easier.
Nail File and Cuticle Stick-
A cuticle stick is used to push back the cuticles, and remove the dead skin. Injured cuticles can lead to bacteria growth, so be careful not to damage them when using the cuticle stick. Push the cuticle back gently, angle the stick, and use light circular motions to prevent damage to the cuticles.
Nail files are used to shape and smooth the rough edges of the fingernails. Nail files can be purchased in ceramic, glass, and metal. You can also buy emery boards. However, emery boards are not meant to last, so in the long-ter they may not be as cost-effective as other types of nail files.
A nail buffer is used to remove ridges and pits from the surface of the nails. Buffers also polish the fingernails to gives them a smooth healthy appearance. Buffing should only be done once a month. Too much buffing will cause damage to your nails. When you buff your nails, make sure they are clean, dry, and polish-free.
You don’t have to spend an entire day in a crowded salon waiting to get your nails done. With the right nail supplies, you can get a quick, cost effective manicure right in the comforts of your own home.
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