It’s easy to give yourself a spa style hand treatment at home that will leave your hands feeling soft and looking beautiful. Or you can treat someone you love. Just follow the simple steps below.
What you will need:
Basic Manicure Kit
Nail Polishes (Optional)
Petroleum Jelly: My favorite is Aquaphor, because it has a delightfully faint fragrance to it. When I’m cutting pennies, I use the dollar store generic petroleum jelly. Any kind will do. Get a good-sized glob of it in your hands. Rub the jelly deeply into each fingernail, one at a time, making sure to get it into and under your cuticles.
Continue to rub the goop onto your hands and wrists. If your hands are really dry, this will feel like giving them a big drink of water. I usually spend about three minutes or so massaging the greasy stuff into my hands and wrists. Aside from the fact that this feels really good, the longer you rub, the softer your hands will be.
Body Scrub: Without washing or rinsing your hands, apply a liberal amount of body scrub to them. I like to use very coarse body scrub, like the kind made with big chunks of apricot pits. You may prefer a finer scrub. The choice is up to you. This scrub is what loosens the dead layers of skin from your hands, which make them feel dry and look white or ashy.
Massage the scrub into your hands and wrists over the petroleum jelly. Again, pay special attention to your nails and nail beds, as the scrub will help to loosen any overgrown cuticles you may have, making them easier to trim later. Two or three minutes of this step are sufficient, but again, the longer you spend on this step, the softer your hands will be.
Hot Towels: Thoroughly wet two hand towels with warm tap water and wrap them around your hands. Make sure the towels are not too hot. Please do not burn your hands. Remove towels when they have completely cooled.
Hand Soap: By this time, your hands are nice and gooey, and covered with a cement-like mixture of petroleum jelly and body scrub. It usually takes me two to three good hand washings with lots of soap to get all of the goo off of my hands. Don’t worry; it will eventually come off of your hands. Just keep washing until it does.
Basic Manicure Tools: Take the little tool out of the kit that is pointed at one end and squared off at the other. Use this instrument to clean underneath your fingernails and to scrape clean the underside of your nails themselves. Do this under warm running water, or in a sink filled with warm water. You may also use a brush to do this, if you wish.
Hand Lotion: Get a generous dollop of your favorite lotion, and rub it into your hands. Put extra lotion onto your nail beds and cuticles, and leave extra lotion on your nails for the next step.
Basic Manicure Tools: Take the same tool as before, and use both ends to push back and loosen the overgrown cuticles on your nails. The extra lotion on your nail beds and cuticles will make this easier. Trim and file your nails as desired.
Nail Polish: If you like to wear nail polish, put some on at this point. I usually skip the polish, but I’m sure you know the drill. Apply a thin base coat and let it dry. Apply two to three light coats of color, giving each coat time to dry before applying the next. Finally, apply two thin coats of topcoat, and give them ample time to dry. This can take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour, depending on how many coats you actually use, and how long you give them to dry. And of course, be careful what you touch for the next three hours.
Now that you have completed your do it yourself spa style hand treatment, go play with the money you have saved by not paying someone else to do it for you, and don’t forget to notice how good that money looks in your beautifully manicured hands.
The author bears no responsibility for personal injury.