Can't make it to the salon every week? Want to avoid artificial ingredients and toxins? Try these do-it-yourself treatments for beautiful, soft hands and feet using gentle, easy-to-find natural ingredients.
You may love the way you nails look when they're polished in fun colors. But the potentially toxic chemicals -- not to mention the hassle of upkeep -- may make you wish for an easier, more natural solution. Try a "natural manicure," skipping the polish and opting for treatments that strengthen nails and relieve stress. Our treatment uses ingredients such as flowers, fruits, and essential oils instead of the fume-laden chemicals most nail salons rely on, and takes less than 20 minutes. Afterward, nails shine like they've been polished -- minus the smudges and chips.
With a light texture and loads of vitamin E, almond oil quickly penetrates dry skin and protects hands and nails from environmental damage.
Rub 1 teaspoon of oil into hands and cuticles. Wrap each hand in a small towel, and allow the oil to penetrate for at least 5 minutes. Wipe the excess oil off hands, but don't rinse them; any remaining oil will be absorbed over the next few minutes. Follow with a rich hand cream.
Cayenne, cinnamon, and ginger are all circulation boosters and mild stimulants -- and all are included in this this simple foot mask. In addition to spices, the mask combines skin-soothing ingredients such as oatmeal and honey, and the invigorating essence of orange.
Bromelain, an enzyme present in pineapple flesh, breaks down protein bonds and facilitates the sloughing of dead skin cells. It's especially good at softening the callused skin on feet.
Puree 1 cup of fresh pineapple in a food processor until smooth. Sitting with feet in a washbasin, massage the puree into soles, heels, and between toes (you may feel some tingling). After 7 to 10 minutes, rinse feet with warm water and dry.
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