One of the largest appeals to having a manicure is the relaxing feeling you get from having your hands soaked and pampered. The good news is, you do not need to dish out money to an expensive salon to get this pampered feeling at home.

You can create your own home manicure treatment by combining a tablespoon of olive oil with an equal amount of sea salt. Get your towels and moisturizer ready, and prepare to indulge yourself with your specialized nail spa.

Before you begin, remove any polish from your fingernails, and wash your hands thoroughly to remove any oil or dirt. You can shape or shorten your nails using an emery board, being careful to file in one direction at a time. The back and forth sawing action damages your nails and reduces their strength, which can lead to splitting or breakage.

Soak your nails in warm water for a few minutes to soften the cuticles. Next, apply your homemade spa mixture of olive oil and sea salt. This works to exfoliate the skin and cuticles and reveal new skin cells. Let your exfoliant mixture set on your fingernails for about ten minutes or so before thoroughly rinsing it off. Follow up using a warm, damp, flannel cloth to gently push back the cuticles to reveal the crescent of your nails. Apply your favorite nail oil or moisturizer, and allow to soak in for a few minutes, before carefully removing any excess from the nail itself.

Once you have finished and thoroughly washed your nails with a soft cloth, you will have clean fresh nails and healthy cuticles, ready and waiting for your favorite nail hardener or nail polish.

Home manicures are a great way to pamper yourself any time of the day. It's also a fabulous activity for bridal showers or baby showers, as your guests can all enjoy a little relaxing nail treatment, without the expense of traditional nail salons.


Source by Tiffany Windhurst