Everyone deserves to be pampered now and then. Perhaps you cannot afford a spa treatment or maybe you're just a DIY kind of person. A person's hands and feet are the most used and abused part of the body, so they need special treatment. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to give yourself an at-home manicure and pedicure without breaking the bank.
Give Yourself an At-Home Manicure
The first part of giving yourself a DIY manicure is to gather all supplies needed. If you've got on nail polish (or traces of some) you're going to need a non-acetone nail polish remover. You'll also need a bowl of warm, soapy water, tea tree oil, an orange wood stick, a soft cloth, nail polish, and a clear top coat.
First, remove any excess nail polish from the nails. Add a tablespoon of tea tree oil to the soapy water. Soak hands in this solution to soften the skin and cuticles. Take the orange stick and push the cuticles back. Some people cut the cuticles, but that actually is bad for them. Pushing them back is healthier. Now massage some tea tree oil into the hands, paying close attention to the nail beds and any other dry areas. Use the soft cloth to dab off any excess oil. Paint the nails with your favorite nail polish and seal it in with the top coat.
Give Yourself an At-Home Pedicure
For an at-home pedicure, supplies and procedure will be slightly different than the manicure. You'll need a bowl or foot tub of warm, soapy water to soak the feet in, 4 chamomile tea bags, 2 mint tea bags, tea tree oil, an orange wood stick, a pumice stone, a towel, a soft cloth, toenail clippers, and your favorite nail polish and top coat.
Add all the tea bags and a tablespoon of tea tree oil to the warm, soapy water. Soak the feet in there for 10-15 minutes. For an added spa feel, use a massaging foot tub instead of a bowl. This can be especially helpful after a long day standing up at work or in the shopping mall. Check to make sure you can add tea and tea tree oil. You wouldn't want to damage your nice foot tub.
Once the feet have soaked, take the orange wood stick and push back the cuticles in the toenails. Clip toenails (but not cuticles) if necessary. Use the pumice stone to rub away excess skin. Now add tea tree oil to the feet, rubbing it the most into the toenail beds and dry areas. Wipe away the excess oil with a soft cloth. Now paint your toenails with your favorite nail polish and top coat.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Whether you've always worn it but now want to avoid foundation makeup or you've never worn a cover-up makeup and want to maintain your choice to avoid foundation makeup, read on. Many magazines offer beauty tips on how to cover flaws using makeup. Could you avoid foundation makeup with natural facial moisturizers?
Because I have always preferred doing things the natural way, I'm not much of a fan of using makeup. Foundation or cover-up makeup has always been a no-no in my book. Did you know that natural facial moisturizers could help enhance or maintain your skin's natural beauty without makeup?
Some women use a foundation or cover-up makeup to hide acne or other facial marks. Some just feel it looks better than going natural. Some may even be hiding uneven skin tones. There are natural facial moisturizers that could not only keep the face smooth and hydrated, but also can help control acne. Some may even help even out skin tones over time. Controlling acne and keeping the facial skin healthy can help women avoid reaching for foundation makeup to cover up their natural beauty.
Moisturize Skin and Control Acne: Tea Tree Oil as a Natural Facial Moisturizer
Tea tree oil is a great natural moisturizer that also happens to control acne well. Tea tree oil is an antiseptic, a fungus fighter, and has antibacterial properties as well. This could help to avoid foundation makeup by keeping the face soft and clear. For the best results, apply tea tree oil as a facial moisturizer once or twice daily to control acne. Only a few small drops are needed. This will keep the face feeling smooth and clean, as well as help to prevent acne. For a diluted and blended version, try Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil.
Milk Blend as a Natural Facial Moisturizer
Rinsing the face daily with a blend of natural coconut milk and natural almond milk is very good for the skin. This could help avoid foundation makeup by nourishing the skin and controlling acne. These natural milks can be found at health food stores and also are simple to make at home. Simply splash an even blend of both milks onto the face once or twice daily. For extra dry skin, try a combination of natural facial moisturizers, such as also using the tea tree oil.
Even Skin Tone, Moisturize, and Fight Acne: Homemade Natural Facial Moisturizer
This is an interesting method that I learned by experimenting with different things. Take an orange peel or lemon peel and rub it over the face after cleansing the skin. Next, rinse the face in natural lemon juice. Then, rub in a blend of pure cocoa butter (not a blended or processed version) and tea tree oil. Only a small amount of these natural facial moisturizers is needed. Do this once in the morning and once at night. This could help avoid foundation makeup by moisturizing the skin, evening the tone, and controlling acne.
*Warning: Some may experience an allergy or other health conditions due to some of these ingredients. This may include (but is not limited to) the tea tree oil, as well as the milk products. Always consult a licensed medical professional before starting or stopping health regimens.
**Note: The author is not a licensed medical professional. The above is provided solely for informational purposes. Always consult a licensed medical professional when it comes to your health.
***I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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