There are many ways one can treat their nails and for one a product might work better than for the other, nevertheless I am going to demonstrate how I take care of my nails. It's easy, not very time-consuming and I might be able to give you new insight.
Lovely Stella was so kind to compliment me on my nails and asked me how I took care of them. When thinking of an answer to her question I realized it was a very extensive answer, so why not write an article on it! It's nice to have soft hands and pretty nails, especially when shaking hands with new people. I've no doubt in my mind that it's something people do pay attention to. Still I have to admit that you will see me walking around with chipped nails so I, too, am guilty of not always having the most 'representable' hands and nails! So, what does my nail and hand care routine look like? Here it is:
- Get all your gear together! For me it's: cotton pads, nail polish remover without acetone, moisturizer, bowl of water, file, nail cutter, cuticle oil and a base coat.
- Remove nail polish with acetone-free nail polish! Sure, the removal of the nail polish might take a bit longer but, I believe, it's better for your nails.
- Wash or soak your nails for a while, this makes them a bit softer and easier to cut. Cut or file your nails, whichever you prefer. I cut them first and then file/polish when necessary. When filing your nails, make sure you don't damage them! Only file in one direction, so either from left to right or from right to left. Not both ways!
- Now apply an oily product to your nails and cuticles. Be generous. I use either: lemon "cuticle oil" by Hema or "Lemony Flutter" by Lush. I rub my nails and cuticles. This ensures my nails and surrounding areas don't dry out too much but stay soft and smooth.
- If you have used something like the cuticle oil then it's best to wash your hands thoroughly after a couple of minutes. I avoid soap, instead I gently massage my hand under slightly warm water. If you used something like "Lemony Flutter" then don't worry, enjoy the scent.
- Let your nails breathe! This means you should not apply new nail polish right away. Let them be naked and give them some rest. I usually polish them the following day, so one night of sleep!
- While your nails are resting make sure you moisturize your hands so they're soft to touch! You can use a special hand cream for this (you know, they have creams for everything.. face, eyes, neck, hands, feet, body, etc.. and yes, I wouldn't use feet cream on my face - so some creams are only for one location and I wouldn't mix them - but with hands, I can be a stubborn girl!) or be like me and just use regular body cream. I am currently using body butters by Body Shop.
- Apply your desired nail polish, don't forget a base coat and if necessary a top coat!
Some of you might have noticed that I don't cut or push back my cuticles. This is done by manicurists (and women in general) because they believe it gives the nails a cleaner look, so they find it more aesthetically pleasing. But I don't, so that's why you won't find it in here. If you'd like some good tips on how to push back (I don't recommend cutting) your cuticles then you click for more information!
Here are some useful tips that I'd like to share with you!
- Want to strengthen your nail? Try nail strengthener and/or use it as a base coat!
- It is important to keep your finger nails moisturized but dry! Wet nails can cause the growth of bacteria and fungi so make sure you always clean your nails well after washing/wetting them!
- Would you like your lovely nail art to stay on your nails for a longer period? Be smart and wear gloves when you'd otherwise be exposing your nails and hands to chemicals, e.g. doing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, etc.
- If your nails are somewhat yellow due to the exposure of nail polish, then you can whiten them with lemon juice. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice into a small bowl and place your fingers in the bowl. Let your nails soak the lemon juice for only a couple of minutes. This could also be done after step 2 or 3 (before applying an oily and moisturizing product to your nails), then wash your hands with water and continue with step 4.
Well, I hope this article was useful for (some of) you! I'm sure I've forgotten some good tips, so why don't you share them with me? What are your nail care steps and tips?