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Are you some­one who spends most of her time at sa­lons for a pedi or a mani? What if we told you there are quick kitchen tips that can help you keep your hands and feet pretty with­out spend­ing too much!

Or­ganic scrubs: A nat­u­ral gen­tle scrub can be ap­plied ev­ery two to three days. Mix olive or al­mond oil, with nat­u­ral brown sugar and a few drops of laven­der es­sen­tial oil, mas­sage into the skin on the hands and feet in firm cir­cu­lar mo­tions, prior to bathing.

Rice grain: This can also be put into the mix­ture if the skin is ad­di­tion­ally dry or rough.

Olive oil and sea salt: Mix these in equal quan­tity and ap­ply on the hands and feet and mas­sage. Af­ter rins­ing off, the skin will feel soft, smooth and more re­laxed. Home­made alo­ev­era mois­turiser: This is an ex­cel­lent skin mois­turiser and can be made at home by mix­ing aloe gels, or­ganic oil, es­sen­tial oils and milk. Keep a con­tainer be­side the bed, prior to re­tir­ing for the night, ap­ply and mas­sage on the hands and feet and let them re­pair overnight.

Other mois­turis­ers: You can use more kitchen in­gre­di­ents to whip up a mois­turiser. If you wear heels and suf­fer from aching feet, mois­tur­is­ing is of prime im­por­tance.

Fix­ing cracked heels:

Cracked heels can make get­ting through the day re­ally dif­fi­cult. To start the heal­ing process, soak the feet in warm wa­ter for 10 min­utes, add the juice of a freshly-squeezed le­mon. Also, use a pumice stone or nat­u­ral loofah while tak­ing a bath in warm wa­ter then pat dry the feet. Ap­ply a mix­ture of glyc­erin and rose wa­ter, both easily avail­able from a lo­cal phar­macy. Rub them gen­er­ously on the feet, par­tic­u­larly at the heels, es­pe­cially at night. Glyc­erin soft­ens and lubri­cates the dry skin and rose wa­ter adds an­tiox­i­dants. These add an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory and an­ti­sep­tic prop­er­ties.

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