Skip the manicurist
Regular manicures and pedicures can be expensive, but if you’re willing to purchase the tools up front, they can eventually pay for themselves. To get started, follow these step-by-step instructions:
Clean your nails, then file or cut them into shape. Next, soak your nails in a bowl of warm water for about three minutes. For pedicures, soak your feet a bit longer. Follow the soaking with a moisturizing lotion or cream. To get rid of dry skin on your feet, use a scrub or foot file. Then, using a cuticle remover, push the cuticle away from the nail gently; carefully trim the excess. Before adding polish to your nails, remove any oil with nail polish remover, using a cotton swab, to protect the cuticle area. Apply a base coat, two coats of color and finish with a top coat.
Get healthy hair at home
Every woman wants luxuriant, touchable hair, but for many, hair problems such as dandruff throw a wrench in the works. A recent survey conducted by www.askmen.com found that one in three men admits to being put off by their wife or girlfriend’s dandruff. In addition, 95 percent would like their mate’s help when choosing a product that will rid them of their own dandruff.
To get rid of dandruff, look to an affordable multi-tasking product such as the new line of shampoos and conditioners from Suave Scalp Solutions.
Give yourself a facial
Opting for home facials can also ease the burden of a beauty budget. Even the most basic of routines can make a big difference. Start by cleansing the skin and removing any makeup. Fill a pan with water and bring it to a boil. Use a bath towel and drape it over the back of your head, then slowly and carefully lower your face over the steaming pot for several minutes.
Next you can use a gentle facial scrub or make your own, using 1 tablespoon of ground steel-cut oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of yogurt. If you’re looking to create a facial and body scrub, try mixing 1 teaspoon of honey with ½ teaspoon of sugar and apply before stepping into the shower.
Remember that the key to splendid skin is moisture, so be sure to apply body lotion and facial moisturizer just after you towel-dry your skin.
– Courtesy of Family Features