We all know how good it feels to have somebody else take care of our nails, but sometimes life gets in the way and we can't make it to the salon as often as we'd like. Fortunately, there are some simple and luxurious nail spa treatments you can do at home with just a few household items.
1. Milk Bath
This first treatment is not only simple, but also very inexpensive. All you need is a bowl of warm milk and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Soak your nails in the milk for about 10 minutes, then rinse them off with warm water. The lactic acid in the milk will help to soften your cuticles and the lavender oil will leave your hands feeling refreshed and relaxes.
2. Sugar Scrub
This next treatment is great for getting rid of any dead skin cells on your hands or feet. Simply mix together 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub the scrub all over your hands or feet for a minute or two, then rinse it off with warm water. Your skin will feel softer and smoother after just one treatment!
3. Hot Oil Treatment
This last treatment is perfect for dry, winter skin. Simply combine 1/4 cup olive oil with 2 tablespoons honey and heat it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds (or until it's just barely warm). Massage the mixture into your hands for a few minutes, then put on a pair of cotton gloves or socks and leave them on overnight while you sleep. In the morning, wash off the excess oil with warm water and enjoy soft, hydrated skin!
4. DIY Manicure
Painting your own nails can be therapeutic. It can also be a little tricky if you’re not used to doing it. Here are some tips to make sure your at-home manicure looks great:
• Start with clean, dry nails. If your nails are oily, use a little polish remover on a cotton ball to remove the excess oil.
• Choose a color that compliments your skin tone. If you’re not sure what color to choose, go with a classic nude or pale pink.
• Paint in thin coats, using long strokes. This will help prevent streaks and bubbles in the polish.
• Allow each coat of polish to dry completely before applying the next one. This will help prevent smudging and ensure a long-lasting manicure.