Tips for Beautiful Nails and Hands
- To soften hands or feet, rub liberally with petroleum jelly, put on a pair of gloves or socks and wear overnight.
- Use a nail buffer to shine nails between manicures.
- Cut a slit into the center of a sponge. Place the sponge into a small container and fill with nail polish remover. Dip fingernail in slit and slide around to remove polish.
- Use an old toothbrush as a nail brush.
- Go to the local beauty school to have manicures, pedicures and facials. You can feel pampered without spending a fortune. Five bucks is a great deal for a facial!
- Wash dry hands with a small amount of cornmeal or sugar mixed with water. It will remove the dry skin. Thanks to Cyndi in California
- When finished eating a grapefruit or lemon, place your elbows in the halves for 10-30 minutes to soften them. (Thanks to Erin in Washington for this tip.)
- Purchase nail care kits after Christmas at half price. You can get several polishes and tools for $2-$4.
- An easy way to remove cuticles is to rub them with oil. Then gently push back the cuticles. I saw a product that was a miracle treatment for nails. It was $29 for about a tablespoon of it. Guess what the ingredient was? — vegetable oil.
- Save the cotton from aspirin bottles. Use for your face or for manicures.
- Thin thickened nail polish using nail polish thinner (not remover!). It’s found by the nail polish remover.
- Soak nails in lemon juice to remove stains.
For lots of easy tips and recipes for elegant all-natural homemade bath and beauty products, take a look at our Pretty for Pennies Frugal Bath and Beauty Guide!