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At Home Anti-Manicure Treatment



With the nine-to-six culture leaving us with little time to schedule those much-needed manicure appointments, pampering those worn-out hands at home has become a must. And what better way to start the spring bank holiday weekend than with a comfy anti-manicure on your couch with The Good Wife running in the background (BTW, this is the perfect entertainment filler while you await those major HOC's and GOT's to come back with the next season). The key here is to have a few good quality products to exfoliate, buff and smoothen those fatigue lines and dry patches. 

Dunk your hands in warm water infused with relaxing bath oils. I used The White Company’s white germanium and juniper purifying bath oil, along with a pinch of Botanicals mint and tea tree soak. This soak has dead sea salts and pink Himalayan rock crystals rich in minerals. Once your senses are relaxed by its sweet exotic vapour, use a generous amount of Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardeners Hand Scrub with Pumice and give the damp hands a good scrub. This green gel is formulated with soothing herbs and fine pumice to remove ingrained dirt and dead cells from the skin surface, hence, the gardener’s scrub (Duh!). The commuter hands skin already starts looking brighter at this stage with just one exfoliation. Use the scrub twice if you have very rough skin. Rinse and dry the hands before applying a thick coat of Leighton Denny Anti-ageing hand therapy cream. This is from Leighton Denny’s Time Repair range and is packed with hyaluronic acid, almond oil and shea butter to leave your hands soft and supple. It also comes with SPF 15 so you can smack it on even in the scorching sun as the cream is completely non-sticky. 

Top the cuticles and extra dry areas with Leighton Denny Marvel Balm in Floral. The texture of this gooey gel-like balm reminds me of Elizabeth Arden’s eight hour cream. Although this one quickly turns to oil on rubbing and gets absorbed in seconds. It has marula oil that helps restore skins elasticity and grapeseed oil helps maintain healthy skin and nails. This one’s definitely going in my daily bag for outdoor crises. Finally, apply a coat of time repair Nail Elixir also by Leighton Denny for a sheerest imaginable shade of a transparent pink gloss. It passes for an almost bare manicure while treating the ageing surface and nail ridges with its collagen compounds and chrono-peptides to strengthen the nails. Voila! Your hands will look and feel spring ready in less than 30 mins from the comfort of your living room. All these products are quite generous in size and should last a good few months, saving you tonnes on elaborate manicures. 

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