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Manicure Tools: The cuticle clippers have a cuticle pusher on the inside.

As a teacher and a mother that doesn’t get a chance to go to the nail salon too often, I find that it is important to take care of my hand and nails. Once a week I like to take some time for myself and do an at-home manicure, which takes no longer than 20-30 minutes and is quite easy to do! It is also a great way to give yourself some much needed pampering.

The Weekly At-Home Manicure:

Manicure Tools – nail polish remover, nail file, nail clipper, buffer block, orange stick (cuticle pusher), cuticle cream, exfoliating cream, hand moisturizer

1. Trim and Smooth: Remove your old nail polish (if you have it on:). Wash your hands with warm soapy water and then dry. Trim or cut your nails to the length and shape you want. Then, use  your buffing block to smooth out any rough edges.

2. Cuticle and Hand Care: Moisten your fingers with warm soapy water and them apply cuticle cream to the tops of the nails. Soak your fingers in the warm soapy water for a few more minutes and then dry. Use your orange stick to gently push the cuticles away from the nail.  Scrub your hands with exfoliating cream for about a minute, rinse, and dry. Finally, lather and massage your hand lotion into your hands.

If you are planning on adding nail color, you can do it before you apply the lotion. Just make sure you give the nail polish enough time to dry!

If you are not already doing this, why don’t you give it a try!


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I have found that with the busyness of life, it can be very easy to neglect taking care of yourself. So, in the spirit of learning more about how to keep this body of mine running in tip-top shape (which at the present is having some difficulties), I have decided to challenge myself with a Taking Care of Yourself Regimen. Throughout this process, I will share the things that I am doing to give myself the much needed care that has been put-off for too long!

Let me begin with my facial care routine that I am re-instituting. I say “re-instituting” because I used to follow this routine on a daily basis and had very few acne problems. Since, I have neglected what I know, I have had to have many dermatology appointments. This must come to an end!

The Daily Facial Care Regimen:

1. Make sure to wash the face twice a day with face wash (not soap). At this point in my life, I truly believe in Cetaphil. It is not too harsh and drying like many other facial cleansers I have tried…and believe me, I have tried many (wasted a lot of money too)! When I am washing my face, I just put the face wash on and rinse with warm water (no washcloth needed).

2. Apply toner after washing the face. When I apply it, I like to use a small cotton ball. I just make gentle sweeps across the hair line and around my T-zone (forehead, both sides of my nose, and my chin).

3. Moisturize twice a day. I happen to have very dry skin, so I like to use Cetaphil Sensitive Skin Moisturizer and 100% pure shea butter for the day. At night, I like to use Aveeno night cream. It is amazing how my skin soaks up the moisturizer so quickly, without all of the shine (which I truly dislike).

4. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen. I don’t like to use sunscreen too much, so I haven’t been really consistent with it. However, this will change. I have the sunscreen that I got from Trader Joe’s that is SPF 15 and is not too heavy. I also feels silky smooth and does not leave a white residue.

The Weekly Facial Care Regimen:

1. Apply a face mask for 20 minutes once a week. Currently, I am using a deep cleansing clay mask that has antioxidants. It dries rather quickly and I can do it while I am deep conditioning my hair (which I will discuss in a later post).

2. Steam the face for 10 minutes once a week. I like to put boiling water in a bowl and pour a little bit of vanilla extract into the water to make it smell nice. The fragrance is also very relaxing. I also make sure to wrap my hair with a towel so that I won’t sweat out my hairdo.

3. Exfoliate the skin once a week. I prefer to steam and then exfoliate which only takes about 15 minutes total. I am presently using a blemish and blackhead control apricot scrub which is oil free. I can do this while I am deep conditioning my hair the second time during the week.

What I am finding, is that these two routines don’t take as long as I anticipated they would. I really should have been doing them consistently all along! If you are not already doing this, why don’t you give it a try!

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