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Summer Manicure Tips

Let’s give ourselves a summer manicure today! I’ve done step one today and hopefully will be able to set aside some time tonight for the color!

We all need to set aside some time and treat ourselves to a bit of well-deserved pampering.
Here we go:

Step 1: Remove old polish and wash hands.

A safe natural nail polish remover from Scotch Naturals

Step 2: Shape and buff the nails.

I really like the glass nail files sold at Barefoot Bling. Her glass files work so well and are gentle on the nails, too! Choose from several designs. They’re $9 each and will last your forever.

For buffing, I always get a yellow box style buffer at Sally Beauty Supply.

Step 3: Exfoliate

For smooth and soft hands, I recommend using a scrub. Making your own is easy peasy. Here is a recipe of mine I have shared with you before. It’s a lovely salt scrub. Use this on your hands and feet and night. It makes for a soothing, pampering treatment.

Click HERE for that recipe.

Not a do it yourselfer? No worries. Get yourself  a decadent salt scrub from Prem Soaps.

Step 4: Rinse, cleanse & dry hands.

I told you a few months back about my favorite hand cleansers and have to mention them to you again. We all know traditional anti-bac hand soaps (think the nasty ones from Bath & Body Works) are horrible for your skin and contain toxic triclosan.  Clean Well hand soaps are all-natural and contain gentle and natural surfactants and essential oils. Get those hands clean–without harming and drying out your skin with this one.

Are you a do it your self maven? Try this recipe for a simple, natural hand cleanser which I posted here a long time ago. Click HERE for that recipe.

Step 5: Apply a good hand cream.

I have also told you about a fabulous hand cream I have been using over the past few months.  I love hand cream. I use it religiously. My hands get really dry this time of year and I am frequently washing my hands. When I paint or use my jewelry epoxy, my hands also get a little bit beaten up so I have to scrub.

Ingredients-wise, the best hand cream I have found had been the Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Hand Creme. I find, though, that it works best at night for me as it is super thick and concentrated.  My hands stay a bit greasy.  For me, it is perfect for night. During the day, though, I like to carry a tube with me and apply it as needed. When I couldn’t get past the horrible smell of the Burt’s Bees hand cream sold in a tube, I was wondering if I’d ever find a tube formulation with stellar ingredients.

I really haven’t had a good tube of hand cream because of the ingredients in most of them. My three favorites all have had ingredients I haven’t been too happy with, though I loved how they made my hands feel. For me, my favorites were Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Therapy Hand Cream, Camille Beckman French Vanilla Glycerine Hand Therapy, and Perlier White Almond Hand Cream.

Unfortunately, all three contain a good portion of potentially harmful ingredients.  What I am using–and loving–now isSeed Grape Seed Enriched Healthy Hand Cream. This is an all-natural formulation is gently preserved with  Gluconolactone and sodium benzoate (this two-ingredient system is derived from corn). It truly is the best hand cream EVER!

It is everything that I have been looking for in a hand cream. It is light, yet ultra rich at the same time. Fortified with shea butter, jojoba oil, glycerin, aloe, and other nutrients, this just softens my hands without leaving a greasy residue behind. This is also free of silicone, yet still keeps that beautifully soft, supple feeling in the hands all day long.

I use the Simply Fragrance Free.  I love how there literally is no scent to this so I can apply it liberally without it competing with my fragrances. I also use this on my face when my skin is dry.
The hand lotions sell for $7.99 each and can be found at Seed Online, and is now available at Wegmans!
Step 6: Lay down the foundation

A good base coat will help your manicure last longer. One to try–Seche Vite. You can find it at Sally for $7.99.

Step 7: Add some color!

Water Based Natural Nail Polish Shades We Adore:

1.  Acquarella in French Kissed
2. Scotch in Loch Ness Mystery
3. Hopscotch Kids in Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish

Step 8: Finish with a top coat. My favorite:

From Essie, $8