DIY Hand Soaks and Scrubs

Sometimes after a long day at work, all you need is a little rest and relaxation. If the spa is not an option for you, here are some DIY hand soaks and scrubs that can be used to make this evening the best one of your life.

For supplies, you’ll need a few things, including:

  • A bowl large and deep enough for both of your hands
  • Towel

Depending on the soak, additional supplies will also be needed.

For achy hands, epsom salt and an essential and carrier oil are all you need in order to reduce inflammation and achy joints thanks to the magnesium in the epsom salts. Simply combine the ingredients in the bowl and soak for as long as you’d like.

Epsom salt is also a key ingredient in an exfoliating hand soak. However, instead of essential oils, combine lemons and vingegar in the water instead. Also, rub the salts on your hands beforehand and rub the inside of the lemon peel on your palms during the soak.

On cold days, it feels like our circulation isn’t working the way it normally does. Luckily, there’s a soak for that. Simply use boiled ginger and essential oils in a bowl and let them do all the work.

Colder days also make it feel like the moisture has been sucked out of our skin. To restore moisture to your hands, soak them in a mixture of coconut milk, honey, and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Be sure to boil the coconut milk and honey together and allow them to cool before adding them to the bowl.

And there you have it! Four easy DIY hand soaks and scrubs that you can try out tonight or any day of the week for a pick-me-up.

Natural and Organic Beauty Products

With the rise of GMOs and synthetic ingredients, many consumers are taking note of the ingredients in the things that they eat, but more recently, they’ve been looking at their beauty products as well. However, just because a beauty product label has the words “natural” and “organic” on them, doesn’t fully mean that they are. So what does it mean when your beauty products have these claims on them? Let’s find out.

Concerning “natural”, this is a very general term that can be slapped on anything. This is because is has no legal definition, and therefore there is no standard or regulation put in place in order for a company to have that in their marketing. Therefore, your version of the word natural, may not be what the company or the manufacturer deem to be natural.

On the same hand, many brands that deem their products to be natural may also brand themselves as non-toxic or “safe.” While no doubt in some cases that using natural ingredients instead of synthetic ones may be safer, natural does not always mean safer. After all, heavy metals are naturally occurring in the earth, so if one were to show up in a natural beauty product, no one would be able to sue the company for false claims. The falsity of “non-toxic” is another eyebrow raiser as nothing on this earth is “non-toxic”. Even water, which is needed to keep basically everything alive, in large quantities can be toxic. But “non-toxic” makes everyone feel safer, so therefore it is used on many products.

Concerning “organic” products, the same rules do not apply to beauty products as they do for food. For example, for beauty products, organic only refers to agricultural ingredients that are in the product, not anything else. A product only needs to be 95% organic as well in order to bear the organic seal. However, the use of GMOs or non-approved ingredients for the other 5% is prohibited. If organic products are important to you, look for the USDA seal, as that is the only recognized seal that guarantees the use of organic ingredients. Anything else claiming to be organic but lacking the seal may not meet the requirements, and therefore should not be trusted to be organic.

Conduct research, look deep into beauty brands, and trust your own judgement when choosing products.

Home Remedy for Clean Nails

Have you wanted to redo your nails, but found that they have been stained by the previous polish or dirt has accumulated under your fingernails? Well, there’s a solution for that and can be done in the comforts of your own home with materials you probably have lying around your kitchen.

To get clean and beautiful nails, do the following steps.

  1. Prepare a bowl of warm, soapy water and let your fingers soak in it for a few minutes. This will help soften the nails.
  2. Scrub your nails with a nail brush to remove dirt underneath the nails. Alternatively, a soft-bristled toothbrush may be just as effective.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine 2 ½ tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste.
  4. Spread the paste over and under your fingernails, allowing it to sit for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Rinse off the paste with warm water.
  6. Thoroughly dry.
  7. Repeat once a week for optimal results, or as needed.

As always, follow up with Plei Nail Strengthener for strong, healthy nails. Buy yours today by visiting our website,

Nail-Patella Syndrome

A rare condition called nail-patella syndrome affects about 1 in 50,000 people, but that number is still significant enough that symptoms and causes of this disease need to be shared. The condition is fairly easy to diagnose as those who have nail-patella syndrome often have missing or undeveloped fingernails and toenails. You may also have nail-patella syndrome if you exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Discoloured nails
  • Underdeveloped, small, or missing kneecaps and elbows
  • Pain or discomfort in the knee or elbow area
  • Bony structures on hip bones

Nail-patella syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation and often can be diagnosed in utero through ultrasound, but it may not be diagnosed until later on. With infants, doctors will look for missing kneecaps after the stage that they are meant to be developed, as well as a check for the bony growths on their hips. This can be done through x-ray and other bone-imaging procedures.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for nail-patella syndrome, but the symptoms are managed so that patients can have a decent quality of life. Thing such as Tylenol and ibuprofen can be used for pain in the joints, and for more severe cases, braces and splints can also be applied.

What Your Nails Say About Your Health

Your nails can tell you a lot about your health, even underlying conditions that you may not know you had. It all comes down to the shape, thickness, and overall appearance of the nail itself.

For example, short nails aren’t really indicative of anything except for possibly stress as most people turn to nail biting as a sort of coping mechanism, whether they do it consciously or subconsciously. However, long and narrow nails can tell a different story. Nails that are unusually narrow and don’t look quite like normal nails can be an indicator of genetic disorders such as Ehler-Danlos. Likewise, “spooned” nails–named for their concave appearance–could be caused by deficiencies in Iron or Vitamin A. They can also be a sign of anemia. 

Moving on from the shape, the colour of the nail can also be an overall indicator of how your health is doing. For example, naturally white nails with dark tips can be a sign of organ trouble, such as the liver, thyroid, or heart. Thick nails are indicative of a fungal infection, and people who suffer from thin and brittle nails often have deficiencies in Zinc or Iron.

Commonly Confused Nail Terms

If you’re a newbie to nails, some of the terms that get thrown around the nail salon and internet can be confusing, leading many people to confuse certain terms with others. Even some experienced nail technicians are not able to properly articulate certain things and explain the difference between services. Luckily, here is a handy guide to help differentiate between different terms and products so you can walk into the salon confidently and able to tell the nail technician exactly what you want.

Acetone Vs. Non-Acetone Removers 

The clear difference between these two is the presence or absence of acetone. When it comes to removal, however, acetone nail polish removers are faster and more effective so you’ll often see these in salons where things move at a fast pace. Non-acetone nail polish removers take longer to completely remove the nail polish from the nail. Both products are equally safe to use.

Gel Nails Vs. Acrylic Nails

This is a common one to get mixed up with as both gel nails and acrylic nails are part of the same family. Therefore, you may hear acrylic nails referred to as monomer and polymer or liquid-and-powder nails so the difference is more clear. To help the clients choose, the difference between the two depends on the client’s lifestyle. Acrylic nails are better for those who are using their hands a lot as the material is more sturdy, while gel nails are better for those who are continuously exposed to materials such as cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.

Hard Gel Vs. Soft Gel

Soft gel can be compared to temporary hair colour as it is able to be soaked off and changed whenever the client feels in need of a new colour or style. Hard gel is solvent resistant and a more permanent choice, much like semi-permanent hair colour. The only way to remove hard gel is to file it down to a very thin layer, and then allow it to grow out.

Traditional Polish Vs. Longer-Wear Polish

Traditional polish is the polish that we all know and love: the drugstore and dollar store brands that give us a beautiful colour for 2-3 days before the inevitably need a touch up due to chipping. However, longer wear polish has a gel component to it that makes the nails last longer, about five to seven days after application. Longer wear polish is great for toes as they are protected and chip less often, giving the user about 4-6 weeks of wear before it needs to be touched up again.

LED Vs. UV Lamps 

Both lamps are completely safe for use when using them to cure nails. Despite the name difference, both lamps actually use UV, but the amount of UV is the variable. The amount of time it takes to cure a nail is the main difference too, with LED-style lamps being the ones able to cure nails faster.

We hope that this comparison list has made things a bit more clear on the more common mistakes that people make when explaining different terms. Feel free to do your own research for any terms and products that may be missing from this list.

And, as always, don’t forget to keep your nails strong and healthy in between tour spa appointments by using Plei Nail Strengthener.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Fingernail Health

Your fingernails are often a tell-tale sign of how your overall health is. White, grooves, and pits can all be signs of underlying conditions, but they may also be because you haven’t been taking care of your nails properly. To keep your fingernails looking their absolute best, here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to their care.


For optimal nail health, please do the following:

  • Keep fingernails dry. Bacteria thrives in warm, moist areas, and having your fingernails wet for a prolonged period of time can cause the spread of bacteria and cause problems.
  • Keep your nails trimmed. Long nails are prone to breaking, splitting, and cracking which can be incredibly painful and in some scenarios even cause an infection if it’s not treated.
  • Apply a protective layer. Using a product such as Plei Nail Strengthener will keep your nails strong.
  • Use biotin. If your nails are particularly brittle, using a supplement called biotin has been proven to work on strengthening the nail.


Nail damage can be caused in the following ways:

  • Bite your fingernails. This causes direct damage to the nail bed, makes you have jagged nails, and also make health concerns appear. Your nails are one of the dirtiest places on your body and should not be put anywhere near your mouth.
  • Pick at your cuticles. Infections can be caused by bacteria that find their way into the wound that you create.
  • Pull off hangnails. Hangnails are essentially dead skin and have no feeling, but pulling them off can also pull off live skin which is not only painful, but exposes a tender area that has the potential to be infected. Trim them instead.

DIY Manicure Tips

We can’t all afford to go to the nail salon every couple weeks, so some of us resort to doing our nails at home. However, sometimes it doesn’t always work out, but here are some helpful tips to help make that at home manicure look like you just walked fresh out of a nail salon.

1. Pick a Simple Shape

Stilleto nails are really cool to look at, but a pain to do at home. If you’re looking for something classy that will last a long time, try a rounded or almond nail for your DIY manicure. They’re less likely to snag on anything and break, especially if you use your hands a lot.

2. Proper Preparation

Nail salons typically prep you by allowing your nails to soak in water before proceeding with the actual manicure. However, experts advise against this. Since water makes the nail expand, the nail polish is more likely to chip as the nail shrinks back down to size. Instead, opt for nail polish remover to cleanse the outside of the nail before applying polish.

3. Avoid Shaking the Polish

What?! You’re telling me that we’re not supposed to shake the bottles before using them? Yep, you heard me right! The reason for this is because shaking causes bubbles to form in the bottle, which then transfers to the nail and causes messy mistakes. Instead, roll the polish if it has separated, then let it settle. The metal ball found in all polish bottles will help move the product around as well.

4. Less is More

If you’re in a rush, you may be tempted to try and do your colour in one go with a thick coat, but this is a big no-no. Thicks coats are difficult to dry, prone to smudging, and just all around don’t look as nice as when you apply thinner coats. A good formula to work with is: base coat + two coats of colour + top coat. This will give you the best results.

5. Do Not Use Heat

Did you know that using heat can actually prevent the nail from hardening? For a quick dry, fan your hands and let the air dry them, or use a blast of cooler air to help speed up the process.

6. Fix mistakes ASAP.

Don’t wait until the polish has dried before you go in and correct your mistakes. Have a cotton swab and acetone at the ready to clean up anything that doesn’t cover the nail. 

And there you have it. All you need for a proper manicure at home that will look just as good as any salon. For best application, use Plei Nail Strengthener beforehand to apply polish to flawless looking nails.

Top 5 Foods for Healthy Nails

Lean Meats (Turkey, Chicken, Fish)

While protein is known for helping build healthy, strong muscles, they also help maintain your fingernails which are also made of protein. Protein is found in large quantities in meat, but not all meats are good to have on a regular basis. Opt for lean meats like turkey, chicken, and salmon for your source of protein.

Fruits and Berries (Blueberries, Strawberries, Bananas)

Fruit is a delicious and nutritious snack to have when you’re feeling the munchies, and they’re great for your fingernails, too. Antioxidants, which are found in their highest amount in blueberries, are great for your fingernails. Grapes and blackberries are also great sources if blueberries aren’t for you. Other fruits that benefit your nails include bananas which are rich in Vitamin A and B6, and strawberries which are packed pull of Vitamin C.

Leafy Green Veggies (Spinach, Kale)

You may not like having these veggies, but these food items are packed with iron, folate, and calcium–all the nutrients needed for nails that are tough as nails.

Vegetables (Carrots, Bell Peppers, Sweet Potatoes)

If you prefer vegetables over fruits, there are plenty of vegetables that you can eat that will pack an identical punch. Carrots and sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A, and bell peppers have all the Vitamin C you’ll need for strong nails.

Nuts and Seeds (Almonds, Sunflower Seeds)

Rather than reaching for a bag of chips next time you need a snack, consider sunflower seeds or almonds. The healthy fats that are found in both are essential for building healthy nails. The magnesium found in almonds can also help repair the looks of ridges in your nails.

And, as always, make sure to use Plei Nail Strengthener for added support.

4 Special Manicures to Try

We all know the classic manicure that every salon offers and it can be a great way to pamper yourself after a long, hard week at work, but for those who want a little something extra, here are 4 special manicures that you should try on your next trip to the spa.

Hot Oil Manicure

Does the colder weather have your hands dry and desperate for moisture? Try the hot oil manicure. Using natural, heated oils, your nail technician will massage the oils into your skin and cuticles for the ultimate hydrating experience.

Spa Manicure

Although this sounds like a regular manicure, it’s far from it. Rather than pampering your face, this one pampers your hands. This longer manicure includes an oil massage, a salt scrub, and a hydrating mask to finish it off.

Paraffin Wax Manicure

Another manicure that is sure to up your hydration levels is the paraffin wax manicure. This one works by soaking your hands in warm, liquid wax and then wrapping them in towels, followed up with lotions that leave your hands feeling silky smooth. This is the manicure to get before going out on a date.

Hot Stone Manicure

This manicure is perfect for someone who uses their hands all day for work and leaves the office with achy joints and fingers. In addition to the massage that you receive with all manicures, this manicure includes the use of hot stones that are known for their tension-relieving properties as the warmth soaks into the muscles and tendons for a truly relaxing experience. 

Contact your local spa to see what special manicure services they offer. Sometimes, these special manicures that have been mentioned are available as add-ons, making them a splurge that you can afford and treat yourself to without feeling guilty afterward. What are you waiting for? You deserve it.