Hi guys!! Since so many people started asking me what I do for my nails to keep them in shape, I decided to write a post about it and hopefully you will find it helpful. I want to say first that all in all I find my nails are the best when they are covered with nail polish all the time.
This post will be about my routine, care, and about everything else that goes with flawless nails.
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1. MOTIVATION FOR KEEPING NAILS IN SHAPE
2. YOUR NAILS ARE NOT YOUR TOOLS
Yes, you heard me. You simply can’t use them to open cans or to scratch the tape/stickers or to scratch the food of plates when cleaning them or anything like that. Use tools, that’s why they exist. I use a small blunt knife to open cans, tweezers for the tape and stickers and other stuff that lay around our apartment, but never nails, although they are handy and always there when you need them. So tempting 😀
3. TAKE THE BEST CARE OF YOUR CUTICLES
Moisturise them every day. Every time you go to bed and if they are extra demanding, every time you think of them during the day. So you will need lots of moisturisers. I noticed that only one product is not the best option for me. I need to have several different ones. I suppose my skin needs different ingredients that are not in only one product. So in the evening the best care for me is a combination of LUSH – Lemony Flutter and L’Occitane – Shea Butter Hand Cream. But on those evenings that I do my nails, I use only Essie – Apricot Oil. And during the day I use different hand creams from L’Occitane and O.P.I.
Once a week I remove the dead skin from my cuticles. I have already talked about my cuticle care, so you can check that post too.
4. MOISTURISE YOUR NAILS AFTER USING NAIL POLISH REMOVER
I know, nails aren’t breathing, nails aren’t absorbing stuff that we put on them, but I don’t know, I wouldn’t totally agree with this. I noticed that my nails feel and look better when I apply and rub in Essie – Apricot Oil after I remove nail polish. Nail polish removers can be hard on nails and tend to dry them, so I use oil to give them back what the remover takes away. I only use O.P.I – Expert Touch, because all the other removers I have tried made my nails horrible, they started to peel. Apparently I have some very sensitive nails.
5. SHAPE NAILS BEFORE EVERY MANICURE
Weather you use a file or scissors or a clipping tool, it doesn’t matter. You just need to find out which tool is perfect for you. For me the perfect one is file. Clipping and cutting my nails only ends up in peeling nails. So I only file them and I do it regularly. About every three days. Sometimes I just file the edges and sometimes I file about three mm of the nail, it all depends on how long the nails are and what length I want to have. But I do it regularly, that’s important.
6. USE BASE COAT UNDER EVERY MANICURE
I never ever apply only nail polish. I always use base coat. I have tried many different ones and Essie – Millionails seems to work best for me for now. It is not perfect, but it is the best I have ever tried. However I am always on the search for an even better one, the perfect one :).
7. GENES AND FOOD INTAKE
And then of course we come to this point. Some people never take care of their nails yet they have the most beautiful nails and some people try to do everything, but the nails still look like shredded paper. So yes, genes play a big role in what our nails look like, but I believe there is some room for us to make them better with eating quality and versatile food and taking good care of them from the outside.
So never give up on your nails. Find your motivation to keep them in a good shape and then just start taking care of them and you will see the results.
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Thank you for reading and see you in the next post!