Taking care of your nails should be a part of your everyday routine. Whether you like getting your nails done professionally or you simply prefer to do your own nails, it is of high importance to pay attention to them. A lot of people think that getting their nails done every three weeks is the way to go. However, that can be expensive as well as not healthy for your fingernails. Your nails should be able to breathe every once in a while, which means no gel, no acrylics, no nothing.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you learn how to take care of your nails by yourself.
1. Keep Your Fingernails Dry And Clean
Keeping your nails clean is not only for the sake of how your nails will look. A lot of bacteria can be stored under the nails and they come in contact with your mouth as well as your skin. So, to prevent unwanted germs, try washing your nails regularly and make it a habit. But, this shouldn’t be overdone. When nails are in contact with water for long periods of time, they grow fragile and can chip, split or break easily. The best way to do it is by washing them with a toothbrush. Add some salt onto it and gently scrub your nails with it.
2. Stop Biting Your Nails
I used to have one of the worst habits out there: nail-biting. Maybe I just started biting my nails when I was a kid and never grew out of it even as an adult. I tried almost everything. Wearing gloves, constantly chewing gum… At some point, I even got used to the bitter flavor of the anti-biting nail polish. Yup, I was very dedicated to my nail-biting habit. However, once I learned about the damage I am causing my nails, I stopped immediately. The constant contact of your nails with saliva makes them weak and causes them to break easily.
3. Tame Your Cuticles
Nail cuticles are very easily damaged. So, taking care of them is of high importance. That means, if you have loose hanging skin, you should fix it carefully and not damage the nail any further. Instead, trim it gently and make sure it is moisturized. And it surely goes without saying, but I will say it, please don’t bite or pick at your nail cuticles as you can cause damage to the point that they bleed.
4. Use A Moisturizer
Your hands and nails should be moisturized as well. It’s not just for your skin. Dry and flaky nails are as bad as dry and flaky skin. Hard nails are prone to breaking so, moisturize to make them stronger. You can opt for hand creams, cuticle oils or even moisturizing oils that will have your nails and cuticles look shiny as well as healthy.
5. Trim Regularly
Healthy nails need frequent and regular trimming. Even if you want to grow your nails long you should cut them at least a little bit time after time. Just like trimming your hair that is good for its health, the same thing goes for nails. The best way to cut down your nails is in a straight line and then you can give them a square or round shape, depending on your preference.
6. Apply A Base Coat For Protection
Nails can easily become discolored, even stained. Exposure to too much acetone will make your nails look yellowish. So, a base coat helps your nails look better, and it prevents them from discoloration. Another benefit of base coats is that if you apply it before putting on nail polish, it will make it look better. And another little trick: if you apply a thick base coat, it will accent the color you opt for the nail polish. So, next time you want to do your nails, try adding a base coat before anything else and you will see the difference.
7. Top It Up With A Top Coat
A top coat is almost as important as a base coat. It helps the color stay on longer. We all know how easily nail polish chips off, and to be honest, it is extremely annoying. So, adding a top coat is one way to fix this issue. The good thing about topcoats is that they come in different ranges from which you can choose depending from the look you want to achieve. There are shiny top coats as well as matte ones. And another extra tip is that, if you want your manicure to stay on for a longer period of time, you can add top coats to it every few days.
8. Never Scrape Off Your Nail Polish
One of the most effective ways to ruin your nails is by scraping off the nail polish. Why? Well, this will make the surface of your nail rough and patchy. Moreover, it will also strip the top layer of your nail. I know, chipped nail polish looks bad and it makes you feel uncomfortable and seeking to hide your hands at all costs. However, there is something you can do. When you apply the nail polish, firstly apply a thin coat of nail polish and then let it dry. Then apply a second thin coat and let it dry well before finishing the look with a top coat. This will make your nails look much better. And you can always try to carry with you a few nail polish remover tissues.
9. Wear Gloves For Protection
If you do a lot of chores then you should probably consider wearing gloves as they help protect your nails from breaking. Especially if you use cleansing detergents that contain strong chemicals. Whenever they come in direct contact with your nails, they can cause a lot of damage. So, in order to avoid this, wear gloves while cleaning around and you won’t have to worry much about your nails. If you use reusable gloves, make sure to clean them well and let them dry in the sun.
10. Avoid Using Gel And Acrylics
Gels and acrylics are one easy way out of chipped nail polish. Sure, they stay on way longer than regular nail polish and they look absolutely gorgeous but they also cause a lot of damage to our nails and their beds. The powder that is applied to your nails when you opt for acrylic contains chemicals that roughen your nails and can cause dents. Something else that can cause damage to your nails is removing the gel or the acrylic. That’s why you should be extremely careful and only remove it yourself if you know how to.
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11. File Your Nails In One Direction
Filing your nails is important, but more important is know just how to file them. When you want to shape your claws, make sure to file them in one direction only. Filing them back and forth will cause your nails to chip and appear brittle. Filing in the same direction will result in a smooth look and it makes the whole shaping process much easier. This cause no harm to you nail bed and cuticle.
12. Avoid Harsh Polish Removers
As mentioned earlier, acetone and nail polish removers can cause a lot of damage to our nails and the skin around the nail. From making our nails brittle and yellow to causing damage to the cuticle, harsh polish removers cause nothing but harm. Sure, they’re effective but at the cost of your beautiful nails? Thanks, but no thanks. So when you decide to remove your nail polish, opt for polish removers that don’t contain acetone and remember to moisturize your nails and cuticles after.
So, taking care of your nails isn’t that much work, and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. So what are you waiting for?
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