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beauty DIY | winter manicure

beauty DIY | winter manicure

Winter is in full effect here in the Midwest. While it is beautiful, there are consequences that come along with dipping temps, dry skin. In my experience my hands suffer the most. I don't wear gloves as often as I should mainly because I feel helpless when my hands are covered with what seem to feel a lot like oven mitts. I basically feel like Rick Bobby from Talladega Nights, "I don't know what to do with my hands". If you have no idea what I'm talking about, watch here. So, unless I'm hitting the mountain or doing Snoga in sub-zero temps, you will find me mitt-less which leads to dry, itchy skin.

Luckily, I have found an all natural remedy that will bring life back into dry hands. Read below as I walk you step by step through my winter manicure.

Ingredients needed to give yourself a soothing winter manicure. Light your favorite candle to create a spa effect at home. 

Ingredients needed to give yourself a soothing winter manicure. Light your favorite candle to create a spa effect at home. 

Step 1: Clip and file nails to desired length and shape.

Step 2: Skin exfoliator: Sloth off dead skin in just 2 steps.

Take one TSP of coconut oil and slather it all over your hands. Next take a 2 heaping TBS of used coffee grounds or sugar and rub your hands together to make a gentle scrub. Rinse your hands well under warm water.

Step 3: Nail brightener: Get rid of yellow nail beds with this 2 ingredient paste.

In a small bowl take 2 1/4 TBS baking soda mix with 1 TBS peroxide OR a squeeze of lemon to form a paste. Lemon has natural whitening ingredients in it which will work well on those nail beds. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil. This serves as a healing aide and will sooth dry cuticles. Rub mixture on nails well, let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse the mixture well under warm water or scrub with a nail brush (optional) to get to those creases and crevices.

Step 4: The ultra moisturizer: Let the real healing begin with this final step.

Take a generous TSP of coconut oil and rub all over your hands once more. Softly push back those cuticles--I prefer to push them back rather than cut as I don't feel comfortable doing that myself--less likely to cut yourself by pushing. Next you want to cover your hands with gloves, not the nice leather gloves you got for Christmas, I'm talking the cheap $1 gloves you can find at Target. This step works best if you can sleep with the gloves on overnight to really lock in that moisture during the course of the night. If you prefer not to wear gloves, wrap your hands in saran wrap instead and leave on as long as you can, about 15 minutes at the least.

The next morning your hands will feel silky smooth. 

I hope this treatment brings relief to those chapped hands. Let me know how this worked for you in the comments below. 

With delight, 

Lauren 

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