It is possible to maintain beautiful nails without visiting the salon on a regular basis by keeping in mind a combination of personal hygiene, a well-balanced diet, and a thoughtful beauty regimen. The combination of the tips below can give you salon-worthy nails at a fraction of the cost!
- Use moisturizer
When rubbing lotion or oil into your hands, make sure you work it into the cuticles and nails, too. Regular handwashing or use of hand sanitizer can dry out the skin and nail bed quickly, so try to moisturize after every wash, if possible. Coconut oil is excellent for rubbing your nails and cuticles.
- Care for your cuticles
Avoid having your cuticles trimmed during a manicure because they are meant to be a barrier for bacteria, and cutting them can lead to fungi or bacterial infections like Distal subungual onychomycosis (DSO) which is the most common type of fungal nail infection and other. You can moisten and push them back with a cuticle pusher, and trim away only dead pieces of skin. But if you are planning on having a conventional manicure done, then at least protect your cuticles by dabbing with olive oil or almond oil prior the manicure, in order to reduce the amount of chemical that soaks in from the polish.
- Buff instead of colour
It may not be as eye-catching or fancy as colour, but a bit of buffing can go a long way. Take the time to trim, file, and buff your nails properly and you will be pleasantly surprised at how great they can look. Ensure not to saw back and forth with a file because that can weaken your nail, but rather file from the outside edge of the nail inward.
- Avoid using harsh nail polish
Nail polish typically contains very toxic organic chemicals such as toluene, dibutyl phthalate, dimethyl and diethyl phthalates, camphor, and formaldehyde. Although some products do not contain chemicals such as Zoya, Suncoat, Piggy Paint, and make sure you read the label carefully before purchasing. You can also buy water-based polishes, although they do not last as long as chemical polishes but they are the safer
Choose a good nail polish remover
You can get a less harsh nail remover that is acetone free for your nails, some companies sell nail remover that is made of natural products like corn, fruit acid, and vanilla
- Eat well
Your diet is very important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and you know your nails are included. Protein and omega-3 fatty acids are crucial. Eating foods that contain the vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, B and C, zinc, calcium and iron will reduce break-off, gets rid of white spots, prevents ridges from forming, keeps the nail strong, prevents dullness and drying.
- Drink plenty of water
Water, water, water. You always need to drink enough water in order to stay hydrated.