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Nail It: DIY Manicure Tips and Tricks

Lifting weights, playing sports and even gripping the elliptical can be tough on your tips. Our quick secrets will put softer skin and prettier nails in the palms of your hands.
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Give ragged cuticles and rough spots some TLC with this at-home treatment from Donna Perillo, the owner of Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa in New York City.

Step 1

Remove old polish and trim and file your nails into the desired shape and length.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine one teaspoon of sea salt with one cup of chamomile tea that has steeped for five minutes. Soak your fingers for three minutes to soften cuticles.

Step 3

Mix together one teaspoon of sea salt, one teaspoon of olive oil, and a half teaspoon of chamomile tea leaves. Take a scoop of this scrub and rub it in a circular motion on your hands and fingers to soften rough spots. Rinse and apply a shea butter lotion. Our new favorite: St. Ives Intensive Healing Hand Cream ($4, drugstores).