DIY Polish-Free Manicure

Ever take your hands for granted? I do. 

It's only when the winter air makes cracks in my skin, or my hands get hurt in some way that I realize how much I need to take care of them.

So give yourself a pat on the hand with this quick & easy (only 4 steps) manicure! And it's not just for ladies! Gents, don't worry, this manicure isn't going to take away your tough & strong hands. We all can afford to spend a few minutes every so often taking care of skin and nails, they're the only ones we've got and we want them to last as long as possible, right?

What you'll need:
- washed hands
- nail scissors and/or clippers
- nail file
- cuticle pusher
- sugar scrub
- damp towel
- lotion

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1. Trim your nails to your desired length & file to shape and smooth edges. Trim excess/dry skin around your nails if needed.
(I keep mine really short since I play the violin)

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2. A dab of coconut or olive oil, and a few sprinkles of sugar mixed together make a nice scrub. Rub onto your nails to moisturize and also soften your cuticles. Let it sit on your fingers for a minute or two. Wipe off the scrub with a damp towel.

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3. Gently push back your cuticles. Some manicure kits come with a metal pusher (like the photo), and you can also use the wooden stick kind.

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4. Lastly, rub a little of your favorite lotion or moisturizing oil all over your hands.

Shameless plug for Young Living's Mirah Shave Oil...ladies, it smells SO.GOOD. and it's full of really good ingredients! If you want to know more, drop me a line at allison@alliedean.com

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There you have it! Wasn't that easy?

Whether you're getting ready for a photos hoot or interview, or simply want to take care of your hands, this manicure is just the thing! Speaking of photo shoots, why not make it a party for the whole family? Or for you and some friends?

P.S. In full disclosure, as much as I would have liked to sit back and enjoy my nice clean hands, what did I do? Donned some plastic gloves and proceeded to refill my printer's ink cartridges...and yes, didn't finish that project completely unstained...ah well. Life of a blogger.