Hands are one of our most expressive features that need to be moisturized and cared for to keep them looking their best. Often we spend a lot of time on our face and hair but don’t think twice about the way that our hands look…could it be that our hands are our most neglected part of the body? Here are some easy natural treatments to start changing this poor hand reality.

Basic Manicure

Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water for 3 minutes and apply a tablespoon of heated moisturizer or home-made cocoa butter hand and nail treatment. Work the moisturizer into the base of each nail.

Use a small piece of soft cotton flannel or cuticle tool to gently push back your cuticles on each finger and thumb. Trim your nails and remove any jagged edges.

Massage a dab more of the butter into your hands and fingers one by one, working into the palm of your hand and up your wrist. If possible have a partner perform the massage on your hands and fingers so you can relax.

Buff your nails with the flannel cloth or the buffered side of a nail file but be careful not to buff so hard that your nails burn.

COCOA BUTTER HAND AND NAIL TREATMENT

In a double boiler heat and melt the following items:

2 Tablespoons Beeswax

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter

4 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil

1 Tablespoon Anhydrous Lanolin

When melted remove from the heat for several minutes until it is only warm. Add 20 Drops Sandalwood and Rosemary Essential Oil and stir again until it is completely mixed. This mixture can then be stored in a jar for up to 4 months and requires no refrigeration. In cold climates it may harden slightly but can be warmed and will soften prior to use. A jar of home-made hand and nail cocoa butter treatment would be a wonderful addition to a gift basket filled with nail polish, file, cuticle scissors, nail buffer or nail clippers.

Sources: Cool Nurse, Web MD

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