By Mary N. DiZazzo

Ciao bella! Letís get the beauty wagon rolling with tips on natural nail care. And I donít mean those thick fakes either!

Getting a manicure has sometimes been associated with luxury. But no, no, my dear house maidens. Professional nail grooming and skin care is necessary to keep the stresses and crises of everyday life manageable. How about Cuccio Naturale Lavender Hand Crème to keep those hands soft. Just a squirt soothes skin from the damages of sun and the environment. It also helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. By massaging crème into you hands, nails, and cuticle you are circulating blood flow promoting healthy nail growth while adding moisture to your skin and cuticles. Oh, but having a professional massage in that crème is truly heaven!

We remove your polish with a non-acetone remover (acetone tends to dry out nails like a potato chip, mama mia!). I like Euroma polish remover in cinnamon, kiwi, or orange. Packets of non-acetone remover are easy and great for travel. Andiamo Italia! Just close your eyes and picture you're there, pampering and smoothing out all the wrinkles in the skin and the wrinkles in your day.

And those hangnails, ugh! Treatment with Cuccio's Apple Cuticle Remover with alpha hydroxy acids should take care of that problem in a snap. Alpha hydroxy is a natural and gentle skin exfoliant and found in many foods, such as peaches, milk, and honey. The technology and research for today's professional products are without a doubt fabulous stuff.

A nail snag could ruin the moment. Gone are the days of the orange sandpaper nail file. Your professional now uses a file with a mild grit that is produced to protect the free edges of your nails. The shape of your nails should match the shape of your hands. Only your professional knows for sure.

Would you like to plump up those hand skin cells and watch fine lines disappear? Cuccio Mango Hand Peel exfoliates dead skin cells and removes impurities revealing healthy, vibrant skin.

My nana used an old-fashion remedy in her salon to retain the moisture of the skin, which was just a few drops of warm olive oil. But you wouldn't want to walk around smelling like a salad. The products of today have been researched and tested aromatically so any overpowering scents have been eliminated.

So ladies, put down that mopina, and pick up that phone and give me a ring for more beauty chat.

For more information about these products and services, call me.

[Mary DiZazzo is a third-generation cosmetologist and owner/operator of Mary for Nails, etc. natural nailcare salon in Andover, Mass.and may be contacted at (978) 470-8183. She also sees select clients by appointment in Boston at (617) 742-6881.]