I will be completely honest and say that I haven’t been taking the best care of my nails as I should. I haven’t even been doing my own simple manicure! In order to get my hands and feet ready for a job this week, I’ve been making the time to correct my neglect. Your cuticles are a very big part to having a beautiful manicure and pedicure.
I use pure apple cider vinegar undiluted. You can add a few drops of essential oil or even a bit of olive oil or another favorite carrier oil. No the smell isn’t the greatest but the overall results are fabulous. Plus you can avoid the toxic chemicals in store bought cuticle removers that sometimes make you cuticles sore if left on too long.
Apple cider vinegar has malic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, which smoothes and exfoliates the skin. You can also infuse your apple cider vinegar with herbs. I like to soak my nails for at least 15-20 minutes. I then gently push back by cuticles with a cuticle pusher, wash thoroughly, then massage hands and feet with a natural oil. Surprisingly the DIY Mandarin Nutmeg Lip Balm doubles as a fantastic cuticle moisturizer! You can do this apple cider vinegar soak as often as you like to achieve your desired results.
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