When it comes to personal grooming like hair and makeup, many brides forget to take into account their hands and feet. But you shouldn’t! Because you may very well be wearing sandals and you’ll definitely be shaking the hands of your family and friends all day long. So, thank goodness Julieta from Zk Mexico has come up with these great natural remedies to kick-start your journey towards hand and foot perfection!
With the wedding expenses piling up and very little time in your schedule, you must be thinking that dropping a manicure and pedicure is one way you can cut corners with your bridal beauty.
But no! We’ve got a better answer than just forgetting about your hands and feet. Just go directly to your pantry and we will show you a few tricks that you can create yourself from things right out of your kitchen.
Here are a few tips for for a homemade manicure and pedicure…
Day 1. Exfoliation
Your hands and feet are in constant use and you have to undertake daily maintenance to keep your skin healthy. While moisturising is important, it’s also essential, before using a moisturiser, to exfoliate.
For a rapid remedy, dissolve some lemon juice with a few tablespoons of sugar. The mixture should come out grainy and lumpy. Apply one coat massage into desired area for 2 minutes, then let stand 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. Click on the link too to discover another natural hand remedy featuring lemon juice.
To continue your treatment, use rosewater to soothe, relax and tone your skin. This mixture comes with astringent properties to aid toning. To prepare, you will need about 150g of freshly cut red roses and 1 litre of water.
Boil the water and use a bowl that will hold all the petals and add all the petals when the water comes to a boil. Turn off heat and let cool. Strain the rosewater to put the tonic in a covered container so you can use regularly. Best applied with a cotton ball or swab.
3. Softening Almond
After exfoliating and soothing, continue your treatment with a natural softener. Take some almonds and mash until it turns into a powdery substance. Add a tablespoon of ground almonds to a bowl with an egg yolk (only the yolk), mix and then pour in 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply a layer to your skin and let sit for 10 minutes.
4. Strong nails
For strong and healthy looking nails, try an infusion of horsetail leaves. You can find them in any herbal store or many local street markets. Cut the leaves into small pieces and put the leaves in a covered bowl and let stand for 24 hrs.
Boil the water and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Take out the leaves and, once cooled, dip your hands and feet for 15 minutes each, and notice a glow of difference.
5. Avocado Cream: moisturises and removes stains
This is a fantastic skin moisturiser. Puree one whole avocado, then add juice from half a lemon and half a cup of plain yogurt. Apply one coat in your hands and feet for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Repeat this treatment for 40 minutes, two to three times a week for three months before the day of your wedding. You will see a dramatic difference in the appearance of your skin and nails. All this without having to leave your home.
Thanks Julieta for your interesting advice. And brides, remember, for more ways to plan the wedding you want with the gifts you need, check out our online wedding gift list service – it’s got the lowest rates on the market!