It’s easy to treat yourself to an at-home spa day for your hands! For me the difficult part is sitting still for 15 minutes! I like to sit out on my balcony as the sun sets to soak in the beautiful orange-golden rays as my nails soak up the goodness of almond oil. 🙂
Fill up a small bowl with warm water. Dissolve one teaspoon of sea salt or mineral salt (try to stay away from table salt, which contains anti-caking agents).
While you wait for the water to cool down, grab a nail file and shape your nails. I always work towards the centre of the nail, gently filing always in the same direction. My preferred nail shape is squoval: somewhere between square and oval! I currently only have this emery board, but glass nail files are lovely and probably much more gentle on your nails.
Now that the water has had time to cool slightly, add 1 tablespoon of oil. I’m using almond oil, as it is beautifully nourishing and moisturising. You could try jojoba, coconut, apricot kernel, wheat germ or sunflower. Use the least refined, most organic old you can afford – you don’t have to spend a bomb but it’s worth paying a bit extra to keep you and the earth healthy and happy.
You can add in any extras like essential oils or rosewater, flower petals or herbs at this point as well.
Soak your nails for ideally 15 mins per hand, allowing the salt to draw out any toxins and the oil to soften the skin around your nails. When your fingers emerge all shiny and new, massage the remnants of oil into your nail beds and fingers. I’m a big fan of massage, so I take my time with this bit, rubbing away all the tension from my hands and fingers. It feels amazing!
A tip for keeping your nails bright and white
Make a paste from 2tsp Baking Soda and some water, dip an old toothbrush into the paste and rub it into your nails.
Remember to brush the undersides of your nails as well, especially if they are longer like mine.
Leave the paste on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off in lukewarm water.
Moisturise afterwards with oil or some hand cream!
Have fun with your hand-spa! You can use pretty much the same steps for creating your own pedicure at home, as well!
Peace and Light,
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