Who doesn’t like flawless beautiful nails? We need to thank the manicure industry and the nail salons for being that refuge when our nails demand to look beautiful. With thousands of designs and colors, manicures, in fact, should be called as an art form!
But do you know that a little bit of care and attention from you can make your nails stay healthy and the nail polish longer? Yes, we are here with a bunch of do’s and don’ts that you should follow for the sake of good condition of your nails. Go ahead and give your nail babies the care they deserve!
- Moisturization is the first rule! Moisturization is the building block of good skin anywhere in your body. Your nails are no exception. A manicure involves chemicals that can leave your skin dry and harsh. Moisturize your skin every time after removing the nail polish. You can use cuticle oil to protect your cuticles.
- Exfoliate your nails. Your body constantly sheds skin and this skin can accumulate in your nails too. Hence make sure that you exfoliate your nails and fingers at least once every week.
- Buy your own manicure tools. If you are a person who gets manicures frequently, it is good to get your own nail tool kit. The manicure tools used in the salons are used by many people and there are chances of you contracting infection if it is not sterilized after each use. Getting your toolkit and cleaning it well every time after the use eliminates the chance of fungal and bacterial infection.
- Apply an extra layer of base coat for strength. When choosing a nail polish of a bright color, apply a base coat to prevent discoloration. A base coat also seals the nail polish well to your nails.
- Take care of your cuticles. Your cuticles have an important function in your nail health. Use cuticle oil to protect them from the chemicals used in a manicure.
- Try to finish polishing each nail in 3-4 strokes. Applying more than 3-4 strokes will make your coating thick. Thick coats take longer to dry. Therefore, there are chances that you will mess your polish before it dries. Also with thick coats, it is difficult to achieve a smooth nail surface.
- Ensure that your nail baths are sterilized before you use. Nail baths are a good source of infection especially if you get your manicure at a salon. Ask your nail technician if your nail baths are disinfected before you dip your fingers in them.
- Don’t apply pressure to your nails. Your nails might seem to be the easiest and convenient solution to scrape things. But why ruin them when you can do it with a pen knife or a scraper. Best maintenance of nails comes from protecting it from rough and harsh conditions.
- Don’t scrape your nail polish. Despite your nails being dead things, nails need to be protected. Hence do not scrape your nail polish away with sharp tools. This can ruin the nails and harm your nail beds. It can also affect your cuticles. Always use a remover to clear away your nail polish.
- Don’t bite your nails. Biting your nails is not even accepted when you are a toddler. Then why should you? Your nails are regions where dirt and bacteria accumulate. Biting your nails means than you might accidentally consume some of this dirt leading to further health complications. Again, if you bite your polished nails, you will eat the nail polish that can be dangerous if consumed. So the next time you are tensed or scared, stomp your feet instead of biting your nails. This will keep your nails safe and your health better!
- Don’t apply too much nail polish remover. Nail polish removers are hard chemicals that react with your skin. Apply only a few drops of the remover to the cotton ball instead of soaking it entirely in the remover before rubbing it on your nails.
- Don’t cut your cuticle. Your cuticles have an important function; they protect your nail. They are there for a reason. Even if they don’t look very attractive, don’t cut your cuticles. Instead, protect them with frequent massages. You should also avoid pushing your cuticles back forcefully. This increases the chance of infection.
Beautiful nails are a product of proper care alone. Good nails require effort. While it might sound a bit difficult to maintain your nails perfectly, it is only a cakewalk if you follow these instructions.