With gas prices and the economy that way it is right now, who in Riverside county wants to pay $20.00 dollars for a manicure when you can get all the supplies for a year’s worth of manicures and pedicures for the same amount (or less)? It saves time? Not really, whether you are getting a manicure in a salon or doing it yourself at home, it takes the same amount of time. It’s more convenient? Not really. If you purchase the minimal supplies (listed below), and keep them together in basket or drawer near where you sit and unwind to relax, you can do do your nails or give yourself a pedicure and watch your favorite show at the same time.
What are the minimal supplies?
-One bigger pair of nail clippers, typically sold as “toe nail clippers” (can also be used on finger nails, wash them with warm soapy water after cutting your toe nails).
-A nail file, either metal or emery board (emery boards are more economical).
-Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
For a quick DIY manicure, wash your hands with soap and water, trim your nails all to the same length with the nail clippers or if you are happy with the length, skip this step. Next, file all nails the same shape, either round, square or squoval. When you have them all filed, it is time for the cuticle cream. Scrape out a small amount with your index finger onto the back of your nail, rub into the cuticles of the opposite hand, rub onto the top and sides and under side of the nail. Go back to the finger you applied it to first and use your index finger to push back the cuticle and gently scrape around the nail bed and sides. Next change hands, and repeat. After you are finished with both hands you can leave on or wash excess off. For a final step before going to bed, you can apply hand lotion. When applied during the day it gets washed off and needs to be re-applied several times.
This natural look is cost effective and requires little maintenance. For those with weak or paper thin nails, there are nail strengtheners. And for those who want to add color, nail polishes can be purchased for a few dollars. However, keep in mind that nail polish chips and requires continued maintenance to look good. Also polish remover and cotton balls are an added cost.
For pedicures, follow above except be sure to cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
If you really enjoy having someone else giving you a manicure or pedicure, why not trade services with a friend or family member. You enjoy a foot massage, they enjoy a manicure, neck rub, whatever you both agree is a fair trade.
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