Beautiful clean nails are a sign of good health and proper care. Dust, pollution and dirt along with exposure to chemicals in detergents and other chemicals can wreck havoc on your nails leaving them dry and brittle. A manicure every week can help in restoring the shine and beauty of the nails. It is practically impossible to get manicures in expensive spas and salons regularly as they often cost a bomb. A great alternative to this is homemade manicures using simple and affordable remedies. These manicures are often easy to make and make your hands look beautiful. Lemon is a great ingredient for manicures. It softens the hands and cuticles and adds shine to the nails. Lemon also helps lighten the skin around the nails. It can be used alone or mixed with other ingredients to cure dry and coarse hands. Here are some simple ways to get shiny nails using homemade lemon manicure.
Homemade Lemon Manicure
Lemon Soak For Nails
Start off by removing traces of any old nail polish using a remover. Wash your hands with warm water and then file your nails to the desired length. Add the juice of one lemon to a bowl filled with warm water and then soak your hands in the bowl. The lemon will soften the hands and will make it easier for you to push the cuticles back using a cuticle stick.
Lemon And Sugar Scrub
Now make a simple lemon sugar scrub by mixing some sugar with lemon juice in a small bowl. The lemon helps in softening and cleaning the nails while the sugar helps in removing the dead skin cells in the nail cuticles. Scrub your hands and the area around your nails with this scrub properly, let the sugar and lemon mixture stay on for about five minutes and then wash off with warm water. Instead of using sugar you can also scrub your hands using lemon and salt. Sprinkle some salt on lemon slices and then use this to scrub your hands. Once you are done with scrubbing the hands, rub lemon peels against the nails and then buff each nail with s soft clean cloth.
Add Shine to Nails with Lemon and Glycerin
Lemon along with glycerin helps in cleaning the nails and also adding moisture to the hands. So if you are plagued with problems of dry skin on hands then mix lemon juice with five to six drops of glycerin and some warm water. Soak your hands in this soak for seven minutes to get rid of dead skin cells. Instead of glycerin you can also use one teaspoon of honey. Finish your homemade lemon manicure by washing your hands and then pat dry with a soft towel. Apply moisturizing lotion to your hands and cuticles. Moisturizing your hands after the manicure is extremely important as it keeps your hands from drying and also prevents nails from breaking. With regular weekly manicures using lemon you will soon get beautiful, shiny nails that you always wanted.