The nail craze is thriving right now! Different techniques, textures, colors, you name it and we are doing it! With your hands and nails being forever on display, use these useful tips and tricks to help keep them looking their absolute best!
1. Keep your nails strong by painting the inside with a clear polish! Try OPIs Nail Envy.
2. Massage your nail beds, not just the cuticle but the actual nail! This increases blood flow which stimulates nail growth and keeps them healthy.
3. Avoid Acrylic nails! They weaken your nails.
4. Steer clear of clear hand soap. The clearer the soap, the more it will dry out your skin. Also avoid antibacterial soaps and instead look for natural ingredients such as tea tree oil or eucalyptus.
5. Oils are the best way to get moisture into the skin. Safflower seed oil is great for hands and nails.
6. Exfoliate your hands with a body scrub and apply moisturizer as much as you are able.
7. Soften your cuticle weekly. Vitamin E oil is a great option, then push them back with an orange stick. Try Sally Hansens Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil.
8. Avoid cutting your cuticles. This can lead to infection.
9. Protect your hands with sunscreen to avoid sun damage and spots.
10. Buff your cuticles regularly to keep them from getting out of control.
11. Vitamin B7 (biotin) can help treat and prevent brittle nails. Good sources of biotin can be found in brewer’s yeast, green peas, oats, soybeans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, bulgur and brown rice. There are also treatments and lacquers that contain biotin that are applied directly to the nail.
12. Ingredients in some nail polish removers can dry out your nails. Use a nail polish remover free of alcohol. Try Clean Slate Conditioning Nail Polish Remover & Pump by Julep.
13. Don’t peel off old nail polish. Picking away at old or chipped nail polish will aggravate the nail bed and lead to damage.
14.Apply very thin coats of nail polish letting the polish dry in between each layer so that the solvents evaporate, it will wear better and last longer.
15. Keep your fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria, fungi and other organisms from growing under your fingernails.
16. Don’t bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
17. Do not pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
18. Use a retinol moisturizer on the backs of your hands at night. Try Chantecaille’s Retinol Hand Cream with Rose & Vitamin C.
19. Wear gloves when doing household chores especially when using detergents or gardening.
20. Avoid extremely hot water as it is extremely drying.
21. When filing your nails, do not saw back and forth as this can cause splits. File in one gentle direction.
22. Don’t use your nails as tools! We are all guilty of this…using our nails as screwdrivers, scissors, tweezers etc. however, this is causing major harm to our nails so CUT IT OUT!
23. Nails are made out of protein so make sure to include protein as part of your balanced diet!
24. Don’t buff your nails as they will get thinner and thinner. Instead use a ridge filling base coat to minimize the appearance of ridges.
25. Last but not least…GET MANICURES! Regular grooming and maintenance is an essential tool to help keeping your nails in tip top shape.