I hope you are all well. I decided to switch up Nail Monday by including some tips on how to care for your nails. A while back, one of my lovely readers requested I do a nail care post because she had brittle nails. I'm not a nail specialist but I'll share with you what works for me personally.
|My nails with a base coat on|
Avoid Nail Extensions: I know this point is very debatable, but I have found this has done my nails ALOT of good. When I was crazy for artificial nails, I found that my nails suffered. They were very brittle and discolored. Now and again, I would even get a fungal infection. So I decided to put an end to it and care for my own nails. If you are a nail extensions kind of girl, I hear there are some options available out there like Shellac that are kinder to the nails.
Keep your nails clean. This sounds pretty obvious right but apart from regular hand washes, I use a nail brush to get under my nails. Dirt and oils weaken your nail bed and can again lead to fungal infection.
Moisturise: I feel like you guys are sick of me always telling you to moisturise, lol. But to be honest, it solves most beauty problems. Keeping your hands and nails moisturised prevents your nails from being dry and brittle. I use a basic, no-frills one, Jergens Ultra Healing hand cream or good old Bio-Oil but regular Petroleum Jelly also does wonders for the hands and nails. There are also loads of other delicious smelling hand creams out there for you to make a choice from.
Use nail tools: It might be much easier to peel/tear off your nail tips when they start to break off but it is advisable to use a nail clipper instead. Tearing at your nails will weaken and damage them. Other tools in my nail care set such as emery boards, cuticle trimmers and buffing boards all help me with my nail care. I will suggest not to share these items with anyone and change them frequently to prevent bacteria transfer.
Nail Strengtheners do just what they say: I used to think that nail strengtheners were a scam but they actually do work if you apply them religiously. OPI's Nail Envy has nail enthusiasts all over the world going gaga. Though pricey, I hear it's a great product that works wonders and I can't wait to get that bad boy in my stash. Sally Hansen has a range of pocket-friendly nail strengthening polishes that will have your nails feeling healthier in a matter of time. I use Model's Own 3 in 1 Nail Base/Gloss/Top Coat and it works wonders for me. It not only strengthens my nails but gives all my manicures a lovely base and finish.
Polish remover is NOT Polish remover: I'm always a bit fussy when it comes to buying nail polish removers because I think they make a whole lot of difference to your nails. If you are like me and you are always painting your nails, it means you will be using a whole lot of remover. If you use a bad one, it could damage your nails. It does not have to be any fancy brand name, but I always look out for the ones that say "strengthening" somewhere on the bottle.
Protect Your Nails: If possible, wear some household gloves when doing the dishes. Over exposing your nails to water will weaken them and make them break off. Not to mention that it ruins your manicure in no time. I always have a pair of gloves handy when I'm doing dishes or other chores.
This week, I'm wearing regular polish, Essie's Masquerade Belle. It's quite an unusual color for me because I tend to lean towards bright polishes. I'm enjoying wearing it though as it's deep tone contrasts nicely with my skin :-)
I hope you find my nail care tips useful and I will be glad to read any other tips you would like to share with me.
Peace and Love,