Whether you are the kind who regularly gets a mani or the type who bites and picks their cuticles, you desire to have strong and healthy nails. Well-groomed nails easily make you look polished and can make your hands look younger.
To disguise the effects of excessive hand sanitation and extra hand-washing, here are some nail care tips and tricks to keep your nails looking nice and healthy.
- Use Hand Moisturizer
Dryness is as bad for your nails as it is for your skin. Nails are thin and delicate and tend to break easily when not moisturised properly. There are various types of moisturisers to choose from—such as cuticle oils, hand creams or moisturising oils—that will help keep your nails shiny and healthy.
- Apply base Coat for Protection
The base coat serves as a protective layer and prevents the nails from scratches, discolored or stained. Also, it enhances the colour of the nail polish and makes application smooth and easy.
- Keep Them at Ideal Length
Like how regular trimming is good for the hair, the same thing goes for the nails. Keep your nails at an ideal length by trimming them regularly. Every few weeks, trim and shape your nails the way you prefer. You can cut them in a straight line and then either square or round the tips off.
- Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer
Start by cleaning your nails with vinegar. Soak them in a bowl of water, and then apply the base coat. Apply two layers of your chosen nail polish, top off with a layer of top coat and then let them dry. You may have to reapply the top coat every few days to lock in the paint longer and prevent them from chipping off. In case of chip off, buff the chipped nail and seal it with some more top coat.
- Take Your Nail Polish Off Properly
Never scrape off your nail colour. It makes the nails feel rough and patchy and scrapes away the top layer of the nails. To remove your polish, choose a gentle nail paint remover. Look for good and sustainable brands that use organic ingredients.
- Buff Your Nails
Natural-looking nails always look good. Aside from painting your nails, you can also go the natural route. Buffing elevates your nails and adds a natural shine to them. It is healthy to buff the nails regularly, but not too often, to avoid roughing out your nail’s texture.
- Eat Well
A healthy diet is a natural solution for everything. Nail problems can result from an unhealthy diet, and issues like nail brittleness can result from calcium deficiency. Add sufficient amounts of calcium, vitamin E, iron, protein, magnesium, and zinc in the form of beans, beetroot, greens, whole grains, etc., for stronger and healthier nails.
- Avoid Acetone
As much as possible, use acetone-free nail paint remover. Acetone is harsh for both skin and nails and very damaging, too. It easily dries the nails, weakening them over time.
Well-maintained hands and nails are pretty to look at, even better if the nails look healthy and shiny. Have good looking nails at all times with these tips and tricks to try at home.