We’ve got the top tips and tricks to ensure your keeping your claws in tip top condition…
Skincare isn’t always limited to taking care of the skin on your face and body. It should also mean taking care of your skin and nails. Since the pandemic began, we have been washing and sanitising our hands a lot more than ever before, causing our hands and nails to become a lot drier. So, taking care of your nails at home is definitely a must to keep your claws in top condition.
Today, I’ll be sharing with you 5 tips to care for your nails:
This tip has never been more important than it is now. With all the washing and sanitising our hands, our nails have become a lot drier, and it is so important to keep them hydrated and moisturised. When your nails are dry, they can also become brittle and rigged, which will cause any polish or gel polish to not last as long, make them chip and not give an even coverage. One of the best ways to keep your hands and nails hydrated is to use a hand cream daily. Having a hand cream in your bag on-the-go to moisturise thought the day is ideal. My favourite and a classic hand cream is the L’Occutain Almond Hand Cream. This product keeps my hands looking and feeling amazing and smooth. Whenever I sanitise my hands, I always follow with this cream to keep both my hands and nails nourished.
If you’re someone who suffers from dry and brittle nails and cuticles, then a cuticle oil is critical to keeping your nails healthy and strong. A lot of the time, people totally forget to take care of their cuticles and it really does make an impact on the condition of your nails. If you’re wearing gel polish or acrylic nails, having dry cuticles will not help them last and aesthetically doesn’t look the best. Cuticle oil is the best product for keeping the cuticles hydrated, helping to keep them looking tidy and healthy. The CND Solar Oil contains jojoba oil and vitamin E, which are both ingredients that help keep the cuticles hydrated and moisturised. A lot of people forget to apply cuticle oil, and so I like to keep the oil on my bedside table and apply it before I go to bed, so that I wake up with lovely, hydrated nails.
If you are like me, you will prioritise having your nails done most of the time. I have my gels on constantly, but it’s important with both gels and acrylics to give your nails a break every now and then. When your nails are covered with a product constantly, they don’t get any air or sun which can actually be damaging for the nails. I would always ask your nail tech when they think you should have a break and if they’re honest, they will tell you when it’s time and how long for. You may notice yourself when your nails need a bit of a break; they may start to flake, brake, crack and look dry. When your manicure doesn’t last as long as it usually does, this is the first sign. Giving your nails a 2-4 week break will allow them to breathe, regrow and be healthy again. When you’re keeping away from treatments, the best thing to do is keep the nails protected with a nail strengthener like OPI Nail Envy, which covers the nails and keeps them looking shiny and protected.
A lot of people hate this tip, given the trends are to have long, elegant nails, but it’s also really important to keep your nails healthy and strong, not just cute looking. If you have damaged nails (dry, flaking, cracked and broken) then letting your nails grow long will not do you any favours in the long run. Your nice manicure, whether its normal polish or gel, will also not last. Having long, healthy nails is the long-term goal. So, if your nails are damaged, the best way is to start again from the beginning; trim them down and let the nails grow back stronger and healthier.
Having healthy hands and nails is really important and hopefully with these tips your nails will stay looking and feeling strong and healthy!
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