Monday 5 December 2016

The Do's and Don'ts of Nail Care

If there's one thing that really stuck with me when I was a beautician in training (a while ago now!), it's how to look after the health of your nails. So today I'll be sharing with you my do's and don'ts of keeping your nails in tiptop shape.


Moisturise your cuticles: Your cuticles act as a barrier between the nail bed and cuticle area to prevent bacteria and infection, and sometimes they can become dry and cracked. So in order to ensure that our cuticles can do their bit for us, we need to do our bit for them by moisturising. I like to use a hand and nail cream at least twice a day (morning and night) and really work it into my cuticles. 


File your nails back and forth: This is a common mistake to make and something that I admittedly did before I knew the correct way of going about it. The best way to file your nails is in ONE direction as this will prevent the splitting, peeling and breakage of the edges of your nails. Let me tell you, as soon as I began filing my nails in one direction there has been A LOT less splitting and breaking.


Use lemon juice to remove stains: Red and even dark shades of nail polish have a tendency to stain your nails with a yellow-ish tinge. I've found the best way to remedy this is to soak your nails for about 10 minutes in a small bowl of water with a few drops of lemon juice, and VERY gently scrub your nails with a toothbrush. This will help to brighten the nail bed and neutralise that yellow tint you sometimes get from wearing your favourite red polish.


Peel off your polish: Peeling off your nail polish can be a nervous habit for some (much like nail biting) and can actually remove a layer of your nail plate along with it, causing your nails to become brittle and dry. So whether you're tired of your mani and want to change it up or it's just chipping all over the place, I ALWAYS recommend removing it with an acetone free nail polish remover. 

What are your best nail care tips?

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