We all love the look of strong and healthy nails but not everyone knows how to implement good nail care. It isn’t that hard. Here are some effective ways to get strong and healthy nails and maintain them, year after year.
There are some things you can do to improve the health of your nails. Drinking one glass of carrot juice daily is good for your nails and general health. Taking 2.5 mg of biotin each day has also been shown to build stronger, faster growing nails.
Learn to give yourself manicures and pedicures. This way you have total control over the types of products and tools that are used on your hands, nails and feet. Clean your nail products and tools after each use by washing them well with soap and warm water and then soaking them for a few minutes in rubbing alcohol before drying them off and placing them in storage. The basic procedure for home nail care is as follows.
Start by washing your hands. This would be a great time to do a quick hand exfoliation. A simple mixture of sugar mixed with olive oil will work wonders and leave your hands silky smooth. Rinse well and make sure your hands are dry before you proceed to the next step.
Remove old or chipped nail polish from your nails. Using a non-acetone remover will be much gentler on your nails and skin. However, if you are using gel nail polishes, nail shellacs or most dark nail polish colors will require acetone nail polish remover. Pick the one that is right for you.
Next, clip your nails carefully to the preferred length. Then file nails into a pleasing shape. Use a nail buffer to gently shape the sides of the nails. Apply cuticle cream or any oil based moisturizer to your cuticles. Do not push them back, just rub the moisturizer in. Cuticles are easily damaged and should be treated gently to avoid injury or infection.
If a dark polish is to be used you should apply a clear base coat first to prevent yellow stains dark colored nail polish can leave on your nails. Wait 3 minutes for the base coat to dry. Apply your favorite nail color. Wait 3 minutes and apply a second coat. When dry apply a top coat to prevent chipping and add a bit of shine. After your manicure is fully dry and complete, moisturize your hands a final time.
The process for a pedicure is much the same. A more heavy duty exfoliator can be used for the feet. Use a pumice stone to smooth any callused areas. Then apply nail products as described above. When doing a pedicure, don’t forget to moisturize your feet, as well, they need extra care to stay soft.
If you follow this advice you can build strong healthy nails at home and at very little cost. It may take some time and effort but the end result will be pleasing. Use these tips to get strong beautiful nails.