You might not know it, but your nails take on daily abuse, leaving them brittle, dry and prone to breakage. And to keep your nails healthy, you have to care for them every day! Good thing caring for your nails is a straightforward affair, no expensive products needed. In today’s post, we are listing down effective yet practical nail care tips that are proven to work:
Don’t Forget the Base
Never forget to apply a layer of base coat every time you are giving your digits a fresh coat of polish. The base coat will protect your nails from harsh chemicals in the nail lacquer. This protective coating also reduces the risk of staining or yellowed nails caused by frequent use of nail polish. As an added bonus, the base coat also boosts the staying power of your nail polish. It keeps the pigment looking vivid and fresh for longer.
Always read the labels, regardless if the product is related to your diet, health or beauty. You want to make sure that everything that you put in your body is safe and toxin-free. Most nail polishes contain a cocktail of chemicals that can affect your health and destroy your nails. These chemicals include dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, and toluene. These chemicals can cause nail brittleness, cracking and splitting. So to keep the nails healthy, use quality nail polishes that contain safe ingredients.
Get the Nails a Break
A pretty set of lacquered nails is one of those little details that truly make a person put together. But try to give your nails a rest every week. All the buffing, cutting, and polishing could damage the nails. Switching from one nail color to another is also damaging to the nails. Over time, the nails will turn yellow. On top of that, frequent nail polishing could weaken the structure of the nails. Our advice is to enjoy nail color during the weekdays and spend the weekends with naked nails.
If you moisturize your face every day and night, why should your nails be treated any different? Your nails need as much moisture as your facial skin. We highly recommend slathering nail oil to your digits every day and night to keep the nails strong. Try mixing avocado oil with sweet almond oil and apply on the nails and cuticles. After applying the oil, wear a pair of thick gloves and get some shut-eye. You will wake up to incredibly smooth, shiny nails! To top it all off, drink 8 glasses of water every day to keep the nails healthy.
Always wear gloves especially if you are cleaning using harsh chemicals. We recommend using rubber, vinyl or nitrile gloves with cotton lining. Use durable, protective gloves when gardening, washing the dishes, or cleaning the tile floor. If you are heading outside, protect your hands from the bitter cold by wearing a pair of gloves or mittens. Finally, always wear sunscreen to protect your nails from UVA and UVB rays. Slather on a sunblock if you are getting gel manicure too!