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  • Mary Costanzo-Schwaller: Beauty tips for the gardener

  • The sun and the warmth signals a time for me to get out into the yard and get the garden ready for summer. I love gardening, but I am not fond of what it will do to my nails and skin.

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  • What a great weather week we have had! I love the cool breeze blowing through my house.
    The sun and the warmth signals a time for me to get out into the yard and get the garden ready for summer. I love gardening, but I am not fond of what it will do to my nails and skin.
    I thought I would remind all of you garden people to tend to your skin during and after a great gardening season.
    Here are my top 10 beauty tips for the gardening bunch:
    10. Gardener’s soap. Get some hand soap that has some kind of ingredients for exfoliating that dirt right off. Our salon usually carries one that has poppy seeds in it for that reason.
    9. Nail brush. Get one just like the kind that your manicurist uses to scrub your nails. I keep mine at the sink, and it really helps get the dirt out.
    8. Regular manicures. Get one least once a month to maintain great nails. Don’t wait until after you’re done gardening. The idea is to keep your nails in great shape, not to get them in great shape in the fall. You might want to choose a clear polish for obvious reasons. OPI has a product called Nail Envy that really helps to keep your nails strong. Better yet, check out our shellac system. It is a hybrid manicure that lasts for two weeks.
    7. Regular pedicures. Again, once a month. This will keep all the dry, dead skin off. Pedicured feet look great, and it’s not the same when you do it at home. OPI’s FEET line is my favorite. There are also some new lotions that are coffee- and tea-scented. Try it.
    6. Orangewood sticks. They get dirt out from under your nails.
    5. Paraffin dips. Dip those hands and feet (and elbows, if you like) in paraffin after you moisturize them to help with dryness.
    4. Cuticle oil. Try rubbing cuticle oil on your nails every night and gently push the soft cuticle back. This will not only keep your nails ands cuticle moisturized, but it will allow your nail to grow.
    3. A really good moisturizer. I have to use my great face moisturizer on my feet and hands to keep them in super good shape. Don’t forget your lips! I use a vitamin E lip conditioner that can go over or under lipstick. You also can use it alone.
    2. Cotton gloves and cotton socks. If you can stand it, slather on the moisturizer and then put on some cotton gloves and socks to sleep in. This is a great little trick.
    Page 2 of 2 - 1. Sunscreen. You know, this has to be my No. 1 pick.
    Wear a hat and gardening gloves, keep yourself covered and put on sunscreen while you are gardening.
    Have a beautiful day!

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