THE ONE WEEK HAND AND CUTICLE CARE PROGRAMME
 
Here’s a quick first-aid treatment that should get your hands back in shape.
 
Every night before going to bed, soak your hands in warm olive oil into which one capsule of vitamin E has been pricked.
 
After ten minutes take out your hands, massage well not forgetting your nails.
(Throughout this week your hands should stay free from nail colour).
 
Take three tablets of calcium lactate with a glass of warm water. Other than strengthening your nails, calcium is also a natural tranquilizer. It will help you sleep better.
 
Every morning massage some cream or oil into your hands and nails. Buff your nails—this makes them shinier and healthier by stepping up circulation in the finger tips.
 
Whenever possible, throughout the day, keep massaging little blobs of Vaseline into your hands and nails. Do some hand exercises (two have been given earlier in this article).
 
Concentrate on healthy foods for nails, include milk which gives you calcium and vitamin D), raw cabbage (Vit.C & Vit.D) and sardines (one of the very few sources of iodine, which does wonders for circulation).
 
While doing household chores, wear washable cotton gloves. Avoid soaking nails and hands in water for prolonged periods. If you wear gloves, remember to keep taking them off every hour or so for a short while.
 
Vegetables juices and lemon juice contain acids which do no good to your nails. After chopping vegetables, rinse your hands in cool running water.
If your nails are soft or prone to splitting, take gelatine dissolved in warm milk for a whole week.
To rough and brittle cuticles, massage some Vaseline twice-a-day.

 
Strong detergents not only harm the skin, they play havoc with nails too.
 
For nails to remain healthy, it is essential to keep them nail-colour free occasionally. Ideally each time you remove your old nail-colour, nails should be allowed to breathe.
 
However, if you are very particular to have nail-colour on all the time, leave your nails bare overnight.
 
Buffing of nails assures their good health as it helps step up circulation.
Lemon juice can be used for removing stains from fingers and nails.
 
A slice of potato also does the same work as lemon juice. While potato juice is milder, it is not also as drying as lemon juice is. However, lemon juice is faster acting.
 
 
 

                                                       TIPS ON A HOME MANICURE
WHAT YOU NEED
A bowl of warm soapy water (do not use detergents)
Nail clipper
Emery board
Orange stick with its wrapped in cotton wool
Nail buffer or child’s tooth brush
Nail polish remover
Vaseline or cuticle cream
Nail polish
Cotton wool
Gather all the material you need together.
 
 
First clip your nails if required. Then, using the emery board, file your nails, into a smooth oval shape. Avoid using metal files; they are bad for the nails.
Contrary to the usual practise of removing nail polish before filing, beauty experts have now determined that nails must be filed with old nail colour still on them. This protects nails and keeps unslightly ragged ends at minimum.

 
 
While filing, remember not to file into the corners—this promotes nail splitting and breakages.
 
Next, using a mild oily nail polish remover and a swab of cotton wool, remove every trace of nail colour from your nails. Pay special attention to the corners where streaks of nail colour can remain unless you are careful. For this, press the soaked cotton wool down firmly on the nail and keep it there for a second. This gives the nail polish remover time to work.
 
After removing all traces of the old nail colour, rinse your hands in water. It is important to remove all traces of the remover. Use a soft nail brush and soapy water. Then rinse your hands and nails in cold water and pat dry.
With the cuticle cream or Vaseline, massage the nails, paying special attention to the sides and corners.
 
After about five minutes, soak your hands in warm-water again.
By now your cuticles will have soften. Push them back gently with the cotton wrapped orange stick.
 
Now comes the times to use nail colour. Shake up the bottle of your favourite nail colour and apply a very thin coat as the base. Don’t stop at the tip of the nail; instead carry the brush over the tip so that the nail, colour paints the backs of the nails other than protecting tips, this also looks nicer.
Five minutes later when the first coat is dry, apply another coat. Give it another five minutes to dry.
 
Now apply the third and final coat. Let dry.
Nail colour should be applied in three strokes. The first stroke up the centre from cuticle to the nail tip, the second and third on either sides.
 
To make your nail colour last and to avoid it chipping, always use a pencil for dialling numbers on the telephone.