4 STEPS TO REJUVENATED HANDS AND NAILS
STEP 1 Cleanse and exfoliate
Mix a pump of hand wash with a dessertspoon of hand scrub and gently massage all over both hands. Continue for about a minute. Rinse with lukewarm water.
TRY Shea Butter Ultra Rich Minute Hand Scrub, $31, L’occitane.
STEP 2 Tidy cuticles and nails While your skin is soft, gently push back cuticles using a cuticle pusher or the flat tip of an orange stick wrapped with cotton wool. Trim excess or torn skin. File your nails into an oval shape, without filing down the sides of your nails. TRY Everyday Strength, $9.95, Sally Hansen; Cuticle Clippers, $29.95, Manicare.
STEP 3 Apply hand cream Massage the cream into every finger, including your nails and over the backs of your hands. Next, slip on a pair of cotton gloves for five to 10 minutes while it absorbs. Now’s a good time to enjoy a cup of tea. TRY Smooth Care Hand Cream, $6.95, Nivea; Moisture Gloves, $13, The Body Shop.
STEP 4 Degrease nails
Wet a cotton pad with polish remover to remove cream from your nails before applying nail polish. To prevent nails from being stained by the polish, first apply a base coat. To help polish last longer, apply a topcoat over colour. Allow a few minutes between coats. TRY 002 Protective Base Coat, $22.95; Colorfix Top Coat, $22.95; both Mavala Switzerland.