In my year of bringing back balance to life, decluttering and living a more natural life, I have done what would have seemed the unthinkable, tossed all my brightly coloured and yes….. toxic nail polishes away. This was much to the horror of my small granddaughters, who loved nothing more than to rummage through my collection and choose a colour to paint on when they come to visit. I am not going all hippy, hippy, shake shake, although I did grow up through the 70’s. I am returning to the core beliefs that I have always had and it’s definitely not about letting yourself go. In fact I will be majorly ramping it up in the health, beauty, fitness stakes….. more on that later.
The ancient Japanese natural style of manicure is becoming popular in Europe. Materials and products used are chemical free and gentle on the body, treating your nails with the upmost respect….have I now got your attention? The treatment does take more time, is extremely relaxing and not cheap. With a little bit of effort you can do this yourself at home. Ideally toenails and fingernails need attention every 2 weeks. I often do mine while I am watching TV. Sometimes if I have been very busy or active, I start sometimes start with an Epsom salt foot bath for 15-20 minutes. The magnesium helps to draw out toxins and relax the feet and legs. Our feet work hard for us all day but often the most neglected part of the body.
To help overcome the damage caused to my nails from my 3 times of using SNS and other nail polishes, I am applying a lip balm made of beeswax, olive oil, macadamia oil and propolis to my nails and nail bed in the morning and night. Propolis is made by bees and small traces are found in honey, it has been used since ancient times for wound healing and fighting fungus and bacteria.
In Melbourne recently I was lucky enough to experience one of the most luxurious and natural manicures ever with radiant results and no nail polish nasties. I went with my daughter and her baby who slept alongside us in the pram while we were pampered and sipped herbal tea. Normally the fumes in a salon would prohibit the mere thought of taking a baby with you. At Miss Lui on High Street, Armadale both the baby and we were completely safe in this little oasis just out of the city, with not a face mask in site.
We were greeted with soft music, herbal tea and a beautiful Japanese/Scandinavian style fit out and we immediately relaxed and fell under their spell of natural pampering. The nails and skin are cleansed, exfoliated and massaged with beautiful products…. did I mention all natural and then the nails shaped, buffed and polished with a beeswax mix to a high smooth natural sheen.
It was hard to believe that a nude polish had not been used; I loved the experience and the finish was fresh, natural and healthy. My nails did a little thankyou dance in appreciation. I tried finding a salon in Adelaide who also includes this indulgence on their menu but to no avail as yet. I have sourced the necessary things needed easily at my chemist and local market to repeat as best I can at home each week. You need natural files, orange sticks, exfoliation scrub, lotion, buffer, beeswax and any music that soothes the soul. I can assure that like me, you will be happy with results.
The days of chipped nail polish, waiting for polish to dry, spending long periods of time and money in nail salons are behind me replaced by buffing and beeswax.