Perfect Tips for Nail Care
Girls have so many areas of their appearance to take care of that they can go crazy: hair, makeup, fitness, skin… It is true that sometimes it may seem like a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day it makes you feel better about yourself and more confident, when you portray yourself in the best possible way. The key thing is to learn how to achieve best results with minimum effort. Taking care of your face properly might result in you needing a lot less makeup! However, there are some things that we neglect once in a while and our nails and hands are among them. Our hands are easily noticed, though, so do not ignore taking care of them.
Here are a few useful tips:
The choice of hand wash should not be too random. For instance, go for a creamy hand wash with nourishing abilities: the ones with almond or coconut milk or tea tree oil will keep your skin moisturized and soft. You will need it especially if you wash lots of dishes at home! Avoid the ones that say “antibacterial” on the label since they contain harsher chemicals and may dry out your hands further.
As with your hair and body, extreme temperatures of water can be very harsh for your hands too. Using very cold and very hot water dries them and they will get rough in time. It also causes redness. Lukewarm water is the perfect choice!
When choosing your hand cream, go for the ones that contain oils. Oils are perfect for hydrating and keeping your skin in good condition, so choose a product that contains sunflower seed oil, coconut oil or something similar.
Do not ignore your cuticles! They form a key aspect of your hands’ appearance. Manicure would look bad if cuticles are torn and dry. Do not cut them since that might lead to an infection. It is better to push them and nourish them with a cuticle product. Before that do not forget to exfoliate!
If you are a fan of using a sanitizer during the day, it is best to moisturize your hands after you use one. The harsh chemicals and alcohols in it dehydrate skin and nails and make your nail polish chip easier and faster.
Sunscreen is also important! Hands are neglected when it comes to protection of harmful UV rays, so when you apply the product to your face, apply it on your hands too, so that you do not forget.
You can see it is not hard to take care of your hands, as long as it turns into a habit!
honestly can’t believe that I have been blogging for almost a year, and I have never done a simple “Nail Care Routine” post. That just seems nutty to me and to be honest, I hadn’t even realized it until one of my bloggy friends asked for it. Nail care is super important, not only for visual reasons but for health as well. Proper nail care can help keep your nails not only looking great but free from fungal infections.
Your nails are considered ‘healthy’ if they are smooth and are uniform in color and consistency. Healthy nails do not have ridges, discolorations or cracks. There are a few simple steps that you can do to keep your nails healthy or get them back into shape if they are unhealthy. My nail care routine consists of 8 simple steps that will keep your nails healthy and visually appealing!
- Remove all of your polish, if you have any from a previous manicure before you begin. I use 100% pure acetone, which isn’t the greatest for your nails, so that’s why the proper nail care routine helps out and keeps my nails from becoming brittle and cracking. If you do not paint your nails as often as I do, I highly recommend using a non acetone polish remover.
- Trim your nails, I try to do this once a week. I love a square nail, so I use a Tweezerman nail clipper with a straight edge, to give me the square look before I even file. If your nails are hard (toes or fingers) you can soak them in warm water with a teaspoon of salt to soften them before cutting. If you are prone to breaks or cracks when trimming, I would moisturize your nails first which will help prevent any breakage while you’re trimming.
- I know I am going to get some heat for this one, because most everyone, including the experts do not recommend that you cut or push back your cuticles because you can damage your nail bed and increase the chance of infection. However, sometimes my cuticles are out of control and moisturizing doesn’t do the trick, so at this point, if needed, I would trim them!
- After the nails have been trimmed, this is where I would suggest filing any jagged edges and uneven lines to give yourself a uniform look. I use a glass nail file, that I picked up at Sally’s for about $2 and I swear by it but an emery board file will work just as fine.
- I take a nail buffer, it’s a small object rectangular in shape with four sides to it, each with their own step. 1. Nail File, 2. Remove Ridges, 3. Buff & Smooth, and 4. Polish & Shine. I use steps 2-4 on this nail buffer, skipping only the file because I have already done my filing with my glass nail file.
- Wash your hands in luke warm water and a gentle hand soap. Use a nail brush to remove any dirt that has built up underneath your nail.
- MOISTURIZE!! Moisturizing your nails is super important, especially after washing your hands. You should always be in the habit of using a hand moisturizer after your wash your hands and rub some onto your nails. Healthy nails require moisture, so you want to make sure your are giving it to them. I moisturize twice a day (morning and night) with a cuticle cream and nail strengthener, plus my regular hand lotion that I use throughout the day.
- (Optional) Pour some white vinegar onto a cotton ball and wipe down your nails, this will remove any oils or dirt that may be left over and will get you ready for polish. I use this before applying any polish to my fingernails.
- (Optional) Protein! I always use a protein treatment and apply it my nails before using any polish, to help keep my nails strong underneath the polish. If your nails are mostly healthy you can skip this step and go straight for your polish.