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Tips for Beautiful hands!

When you hear about wrinkles and skin aging, your first thoughts are about face and neck. But the earliest signs of aging will show on your hands.

Often neglected, hands need to be regularly taken care of. Frequent contacts with water and chemicals, sun, cold weather, gardening – all put your skin under a big stress. While hands do not have many oil glands, they will give away your age earlier than your pampered face.

In the meantime, it has been noticed that after making eye contact, the next thing people pay attention to is your hands.

What can you do to keep your hands beautiful?

* Moisturize! Several times a day. Dry skin is easily injured and looks wrinkled.

* Protect your hands – wear gloves when gardening, washing dishes, or dealing with chemicals

* Use sun protection

* Keep your hands dry. Any water left on your hands will evaporate and dry out the skin.

* Give your hands a special treatment – herbal or oil bath – once in a while.

Here are a few suggestions for your next hand spa:

1. Herbal hand bath:

Bring 1 qt of water to boil and pour over 1 tbsp of herbs (you can use all of these or just one: chamomile, nettle, sage, coltsfoot, calendula). Let the infusion cool to 100-110F and soak your hands in it for about 15-20 minutes. Dry your hands thoroughly and apply a rich moisturizer.

2.You can make your own nourishing hand cream:

Thoroughly mix 1 teaspoon of honey and 3 tbsp of unsalted butter. Add 1 tbsp of strong herbal infusion. This will make a very rich cream. It will take a while to absorb, but leave your hands silky and smooth.

3. For dry skin use this hand treatment 1-2 times a week:

* 1 tbsp Glycerin

* 1 Egg yolk

* 2 tbsp vegetable oil (olive, almond, or another oil of your choice)

* Lemon Juice of 1 lemon

* 3 1/2 – 4 oz of an herbal infusion (for example: chamomile, calendula, elderflower) or rose water.

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Nail Art Decals

Nail art decals are a fun way to break the monotony of plain, bland nails. They are available in different designs that even after an year, you can still put on a fresh design! They are quite popular because they are easy to put on. Nail art decals will help in giving a pretty look to the nails. Nail art decals come in different forms and water set nail decals is one of them. You also have other forms like rubber nail decal forms. So, if you want to apply water set nail art decals at home, simply follow the following steps.

Steps for Putting on Nail Art Decals
Here is a step by step procedure to help make your nail art decal application simple:

  • The basic things that you will require are nail art decal sheet, scissors and a nail file.
  • With the help of a scissors, cut each nail art decal design by following the guidelines given.
  • Now, put on a little drop of water in a bowl or a plate.
  • Put the nail art decal on top of this tiny drop of water. Make sure that you put the side down which has the blue paper.
  • Wait for about 10-15 seconds, the blue paper will start to curl.
  • With the help of a nail tweezer, pick up the curled nail art decal and place it carefully on top of one of your beautifully shaped nails.
  • Place the nail decal by placing one finger on top of the decal and gently slide it down onto your nail from the tweezer.
  • Adjust the decal and make sure that it fits properly in place. Press the nail art decal with a tissue paper so that the air and water is removed from below.
  • Repeat the same procedure for all the other nails and, wait for about 5 seconds so that they can adhere properly to the nails.
  • Apply a thin coat of clear nail polish and wait till it dries completely.
  • If needed, put on another coat of clear nail polish to ensure that the nail art decal is sealed properly.

Using a water set nail art decal is easy and fun. If you want your nails to look amazingly pretty, then you should try these wonderful and easily available nail decals.

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How To Prevent Nails From Breaking/ Chip Off

Nail care is important to practice when you are trying to grow out your finger nails, or have just gotten a fabulous manicure. Breaking your nails is just too easy to do with every day life. Healthy nails needs lots of care and maintenance to keep them strong, healthy and beautiful.

  • The most important thing you can do to keep nails strong is to not use them as a tool. Don’t pick, open, poke, or scratch at anything with your nails. This can encourage the tips to break and peel.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning or doing house work. Many household chemicals are harsh on your nails and can cause them to peel. You should also wear gloves when gardening or doing other household tasks that may be hard on your nails and may cause damage to them.
  • Don’t bite your nails, and don’t peel off old nail polish. This will only cause them to become brittle and eventually get weak. This will result in your nails peeling or breaking. Avoid picking at your nails at all cost. If it’s a habit, chew on a straw instead.
  • Apply nail polish. A coat of nail polish, even clear polish, can strengthen the nail and seal it together. There are even types of nail polish created to strengthen your nails. As the polish starts to chip off, touch it up rather than using nail polish remover. If you do use polish remover, avoid types containing acetone, which dries out nails and causes peeling and breakage.
  • Moisturize your hands twice a day. Nails need moisturizer the same way your skin does. When moisturizing your hands, rub lotion into your nails. Reapply after washing your hands. It will strengthen and maintain nail growth.
  • Maintain a healthy diet full of vitamins. If your diet lacks protein and essential vitamins, your nails may become dry or brittle. If you suspect that your diet may be unbalanced and need help correcting it, consult a doctor and ask what you could do.

Your Diet And Nails

What you eat will reflect on the health of your nails, too.

  • Lack of vitamin A and calcium causes dryness and brittleness.
  • Lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C causes hang nails.
  • White bands across the nails are caused by protein deficiency.
  • A lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid can cause splitting nails.
  • Insufficient intake or vitamin B12 can lead to excessive dryness, very rounded and curved ends and darkening of nails.
  • Insufficient zinc can cause development of white spots on the nails.
  • Cuts and cracks in the nails may indicate a need for more liquids.
  • Red skin around your cuticles can be caused by poor metabolism of essential fatty acids. Here are some  guidelines to follow for improving the health of your nails:
  • Eat a diet composed of 50% fruit and raw vegetables in order to supply necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Eat foods rich in sulfur and silicon, such as broccoli, fish and onions. Include foods rich in biotin such as soy,  yeast and whole grains.
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids.
  • You may supplement your diet with royal jelly, spirulina or kelp, which are rich in silica, zinc and B vitamins and help to strengthen your nails.
  • Drink fresh carrot juice daily, this is high in calcium and phosphorus and is excellent for strengthening nails.

Eat well and your whole body will be better, healthier, more beautiful!

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Nail Care

Take a close look at your nails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper care, but some actually indicate an illness that requires attention. Your nails — composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin — grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and are eventually pushed out toward your fingertips.

Your nails — composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin — grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and are eventually pushed out toward your fingertips.

Healthy nails are smooth, without ridges or grooves. They’re uniform in color and consistency and free of spots or discoloration. Nails can develop harmless conditions, such as vertical ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical ridges become more prominent with age. Nails can also develop white lines or spots due to injury, but these eventually grow out with the nail.

Not all nail conditions are normal, however. Some are signs of diseases that require medical attention. See your doctor if you notice these changes in your nails:

  • Yellow discoloration
  • Separation of your nail from the nail bed (onycholysis)
  • Indentations that run across your nails (Beau’s lines)
  • Nail pitting
  • Opaque or white nails
  • Curled nails

Olive Oil The Best Home Remedy :

The quest for beautiful skin and hair is prevalent among women. You can make inexpensive, natural beauty and hair treatments from ingredients you have in your home that will perform just as well or better than products you purchase in the store.

If you only have one natural beauty remedy in your pantry, make it Olive Oil. It’s extremely versatile and can be used on every part of your body.

Removing EyeMakeup:
Olive oil is excellent for removing mascara. It’s much better than petroleum jelly or baby oil and is beneficial to the skin around your eyes.

Perfect Home Manicure:
Use a few drops of olive oil in warm water for a wonderful at-home manicure. Apply your favorite lotion afterwards to lock in the moisture.

Soft And Smooth Lips:
Beeswax and olive oil melted and poured into a small tin makes wonderful lip balm that will keep your lips soft and smooth.

Dry Feet Treatment:
Dry feet can be healed after one night of this treatment. Before bed, rub olive oil into your dry, cracked feet. Do not rinse. Then, put a cozy pair of socks on and go to sleep. Your feet will drink in the moisture and feel much better by morning.

Best Skin Softener:
Add a few drops of olive oil to your bath water for the best skin softener you can imagine. And, if you’re feeling extra decadent, then add a few drops of essential oil for a natural aromatherapy bath.

Please use caution when using olive oil in your bathtub as it will get quite slippery and you don’t want to fall.

Hair Conditioner:
A very small amount of olive oil applied to dry hair will condition and get rid of frizz. This is a great leave-in conditioner.

Shaving Cream for men:
Olive oil can also work as a shaving cream for men with sensitive skin.
The Best Sea Salt Scrub:
Don’t buy those expensive Sea Salt Scrubs. Make your own. Just add sea salt to olive oil and you’ve got a sea salt scrub that will feel like heaven. Add a drop of essential oils if you’d like your scrub scented.

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Nail Manicure


Your nails need to be taken care of too. Giving your nails a manicure is a good way to take care of them and  pamper them.
Given below are the steps to achieve the perfect manicure at home:
  • To begin with remove all  traces of your nail polish. Use as many cotton balls as needed.
  • Use a nail file or an emery board to shape your nails. File in one direction only. Do not use the seesaw  motion. To shorten the nail, use the course side of the emery board first and finish with the finely textured side.
  • Work on your nails carefully and with respect. Do not go overboard with your manicure.
  • To check if your nails are well done run your nails over a pair of old pantyhose. Your nails should not snag the hose.
  • Apply cuticle remover cream and gently push back the cuticles using a cotton bud. Never cut your cuticles. Massage away dead skin using circular movements.
  • Apply hand lotion and massage your palm of your hand with the thumb of your other hand. This will improve blood circulation. Work your way all over your hand and repeat with your other hand.
  • Before you paint your nails, clean them with an orange stick that has been wrapped with cotton and dipped in nail polish remover and rub over the surface of the nail. Remove any creamy residue, if there is none then you can polish your nails.
  • While polishing your nails being in the center of your nail. Paint one stroke down the center and then the sides of the nail. You should paint a nail in three strokes. Let it dry completely before applying the second coat.
  • Apply color after your nails are completely dry. Use a base coat before applying nail polish. Then apply a color of your choice and do not apply a new coat before the previous one dries. You should apply three coats of color. After applying color apply topcoat and it will give added protection and help your nail color to last longer without chipping.
  • Store nail polish in the fridge. To prevent the cap from sticking apply a little vaseline around it.

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