Nailcare is a subtle form of self-care. It shows a woman who cares for herself enough to take time out. Whether this basic nailcare routine is an indulgence, or just routine maintenance, keeping your nails in tip-top shape is a worthwhile investment.
The best route to stronger, longer nails is mostly through simple lifestyle habits.
Follow these basic nail care steps, and you’ll have stronger, longer nails before you know it.
1) Thoroughly Clean Your Hands And Nails
I recommend washing your hands and nails thoroughly before starting your nailcare routine.
Next, it is important to remove any leftover bits of nail polish with nail polish remover which is acetone free.
2) Cut, File And Shape Your Nails
There are many options when it comes to shaping the nails.
Some people use only nail files while other use both nail clippers and nail files to achieve the desired shaped.
No matter what you use; its important to use high-quality tools.
3) Cuticles Care
It’s common practice to cut, push back, or try to get rid of cuticles altogether, but their job is to protect the nail, and excess fiddling can do more harm than good.
Limit the cuticle part of your nailcare routine to the basics: carefully trim any hangnails, then rub on a little bit of cuticle oil to keep everything nice and smooth.
4) Polish Your Nails
Before you begin, wipe your nails clean with a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover; this will remove any excess oil and create a smooth, even surface for nail polish.
Then, go over the nail with a base coat. Once your base coat has dried, you’re ready to apply your favorite nail color. Wait a few minutes, then apply a second coat.
Finally, when you’re sure your polish is fully dry, apply a clear top coat in order to seal in the color.
Now you’re all done!
Basic Nail Care Tools
1) Nail files
It’s best to use high quality sharp steel nail clipper and nail file.
2) Nail polish remover
It’s better to use non-acetone removers that contain hydrating oils and ingredients.
3) Nail brush
Instead of digging under your nails with tools such as a filer, use a gentle nail brush to clean out dirt or an extra toothbrush you have lying around for a resourceful alternative.
Having a nailcare routine is one of the basics of self-care.
Healthy nails are one of those less visible confidence boosters irrespective of whether you work the nail colors, go polish-free, or love nude nail colors.
What basic nailcare routine do you follow? Let us know in the comment section.