A professional manicure and pedicure is a luxury, and it is also time-consuming and can be expensive, especially when maintaining a polish job. But there are some simple home remedies that are inexpensive and will allow you to enjoy the feeling of a salon manicure and pedicure. So rather than go to a spa and have to return in a few days to have your fingers and toes repainted, do them at home yourself.
Removing Old Polish
Polish can become chipped and unsightly, so keep it looking fresh by removing all traces of old polish from your nails. Use a non-acetone nail polish remover to keep from drying out the nails and hands or feet. A paper towel or cotton ball works best when removing old polish, as toilet paper or tissue can come apart and absorb too much of the polish. A paper towel can help you apply friction without it tearing apart. Always use a clean side of the paper towel for each nail.
For an excellent moisturizer for the hands, heat 1 cup of baby oil with 1/2 cup of water in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Use a larger bowl or pan and the same ratio of oil and water to soak the feet. Soak in the solution for 10 to 15 minutes, which will loosen dead skin and the cuticles and soften hands and feet. Use a pumice stone over all rough areas to leave the skin with the kind of professional glow you would have after leaving a spa treatment.
Because chipping polish can be a nuisance, apply a light coat of white vinegar to the nails using a cotton ball. Allow the solution to dry and then paint your nails. This will moisturize the cuticles and set the polish so that it lasts longer. After the nail polish dries wash your hands and feet in warm soapy water to get rid of the vinegar smell.