Beauty

How to take care of your nails

Nail care

Keeping your hands looking clean, feminine, and polished doesn’t require weekly trips to the manicurist! Try these easy steps at home for a perfect ten:

  • Never clip nails to shorten them. Use an emery board to file nails down to size.
  • Use nail polish remover that contains acetone. Many specialists suggest using nail polish remover no more than once a week.
  • Apply a hand cream or lotion after washing hands since soaps tend to cause nails and skin to become very dry. Cuticles should remain moisturised with vaseline or a moisturiser. Apply moisturiser before going to sleep each night.
  • Never peel or scrape off nail polish or use metal instruments on the nail surface to push back the cuticles. This can scrape off the protective cells of the nail surface.
  • Break the habbit of nail biting – it is very destructive to both nails and cuticles and can lead to infections that can actually deform the nail.
  • An excellent time to do your manicure is after a shower, bath or doing the dishes. These activities will remove dirt from under the nails as well as soften dry nails.
  • The cuticle protects the nail root from bacteria. Instead of cutting the cuticle, push it back gently with a rosewood stick or rubber-tipped cuticle-pusher. However, should the cuticle be hard and dry and sticking up, slightly trimming it is justifiable, but never remove the whole thing. Strong cuticle growth can be controlled with a cuticle softener or cuticle remover liquid.
  • Use cuticle oil. Dry, raggedy cuticles look unkempt. Massage in a drop of cuticle oil to moisturize and soften dry spots.
  • Condition before going to bed. Smooth a cream nail strengthener onto and under nails before bed for extra hydration.
  • Go sheer. For a foolproof polish job, pick a sheer colour with a touch of shimmer. It will look great with just one coat.
  • Buff away ridges. Vertical lines in nails make hands look aged. Use a buffer to smooth away those ridges.
  • Keep ’em short. Long nails look talon-esque even if kept meticulously manicured. File tips to just beyond the end of your finger.
  • Go French. French manicures have made a comeback as a classy, chic alternative to simple polish.
  • Moisturize with every washing. Use moisturizer whenever you get your hands wet.

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