It may seem like a small thing, but having good nails can make such a difference with your confidence. Have you noticed how you feel when you have a fresh coat of nail varnish on versus when you’ve chipped it all off? It’s a little reminder to yourself that you’ve taken spent time on yourself. Not to mention they look fabulous. How can you improve your nail care?
Taking care of your nails doesn’t mean forking out for a manicure and pedicure every few weeks. You can get yourself some professional gel polish and give yourself a salon-worthy manicure. This may seem a little daunting at first, but if you follow the right steps and you should be just fine. However, before trying a manicure you’ll want to make sure you’ve got healthy nails.
Cleaning your nails regularly prevents spreading bacteria. It’s important you don’t leave them soaking in water too long as this can cause them to split. Here’s a top tip for you: get a toothbrush with some salt and scrub the skin around your nails gently. Also for you nail biters out there, it will benefit your nail health to quit the habit. Biting your nails spreads germs very easily and can harm your cuticles. It can be a hard habit to break – try coating them in a foul-tasting formula.
You don’t want to file your nails back and forth. A nail pro recommended filing from the side of a nail to the centre in one direction, lift it away from the nail, and then returning to the point where skin and nail connect. You’ll get a smoother finish, and won’t damage your nail bed as much. The expert went on to say you should massage your nails in oil to hydrate them. This is a much better alternative to soaking them in water.
Once you’ve got your nails in tip-top shape and got them painted – the temptation to peel or pick at the varnish is too real. Don’t do it! For gel polish, soak it in acetone formula. For other kinds of varnish, you can use acetone wipes. Also, avoid using cotton wool as it creates fuzz. Use a paper towel instead.
Whether it’s keeping your nails clean and trim or experimenting with a pop of colour – there are plenty of ways you can look after them. Do you have any top tips for looking after your nails?