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It’s always important to make sure that your nails are in tiptop shape. Before applying a nail wrap or sticker, why not have a nail spa right in the comfort of your own home?

Having a personal nail spa right at home before putting on a nail wrap – whether by yourself or with friends – is an excellent way to destress, unwind, bond with your best buddies and make sure that your nails are in the loveliest shape possible. Aside from keeping your nails fresh and pretty, having a spa can help ensure that they’re in the best of health. Not only will your nails look fantastic thanks to the treatments and the wraps, they’ll also be wonderfully healthy!

It’s very simple to set up a nail spa right at home. Here’s how to go about it.

 First, prepare all the materials you’ll need for your spa: bowls for mixing and soaking, a good but gentle soap for cleansing, all the things you’ll need for soaking: warm to lukewarm water, all the stuff you want to add to the water (milk if you’re not allergic to it, baking soda and essential oils of your choice – relaxing ones like lavender, or deeper skin-penetrating ones like peppermint), a scraper or pumice stone and some scrub for exfoliating, a little warmed oil (olive oil is good) for moisturizing afterwards, your nail implements (nail cutters, cuticle sticks), and, lastly, your nail wraps. Prepare also a venue for you to soak your nails – make it as comfortable as possible – and perhaps get a DVD or movie or some music ready so you can have something to do while you’re soaking.

 Also, set aside a time when you can relax and focus on nothing more than the procedure. You don’t want to have to interrupt things to take care of business when in the middle of it!

Second, start by cleaning your nails. Strip them of existing nail polish, and use a good soap to clean the area around the nails. You’ll want to make sure your hands are perfectly clean before you soak them.

Third, prepare your solution for soaking – mix the lukewarm water with the baking soda, the essential oils and the milk. The solution is wonderful not only for your nails (it softens nails) but also for your hands and feet (it softens and conditions the skin, thanks to the lactic acid in the milk and the essential oils), and the oils can also help relax you too.

Fourth, soak away, and make sure to relax and enjoy while you’re at it! Soak for at least half an hour; longer is perfectly fine. You can set an alarm to make sure you don’t end up falling asleep while you’re at it.

Fifth, after you’ve soaked, you’ll need to scrub. Use the exfoliant and scraper or pumice stone to smoothen your skin. Rinse off with more warm or lukewarm water when done, and towel off.

Sixth, now is the time to trim your nails and get your cuticles in order – now that you’ve soaked and exfoliated, this will be very easy. Cut and file your nails the way you usually do. Moisturize afterwards with the warmed oil.

 Seventh – now that you’ve gotten your nails in tiptop shape thanks to the spa, you can apply your nail wraps of choice.

Follow these directions to ensure that your hands, feet and nails will be supple and healthy and look terrific too!

Sabrina Rocca