Ways to keep nails healthy I’m going to mention here are definitely not too special nor too time consuming for anyone’s nail-care routine! You can be the busiest person in the world and still manage to squeeze them into your schedule in which case you’ll become the busiest person in the world with really good nails. Lol! But seriously ladies, take a look at these tips for long nails I have in store for you today. They are a piece of cake, I promise, and your one way ticket to Greatnailville!
1. Wear Protective Gloves
Wearing protective gloves while handling various nail-unfriendly household chemicals and washing dishes is one of the best ways to keep nails healthy! Water will turn your nails soft which is, as we all know, a state in which they are the easiest to mess up - and don’t even get me started on things products such as AJAX, Clorox and Mr. Clean will do to your nails! A good pair of rubber gloves will make all of these problems disappear, keeping chemicals at bay and making sure your nails don’t spend eternity soaked in water.
2. Don’t Forget a Nail Treatment
Nail polishes, top coats, base coats, nail polish removers… but what about care products? Well, I know you’re very eager to try as many nail polish shades as possible but you should let your nails breathe and regenerate at least once a week. Invest in a nail treatment/cream of choice, remove your nail polish in the evening, wash your hands, then get ready for bed and lastly massage the cream into your nails and cuticles. Let it work its magic overnight and it won’t be long before you start seeing the first results!
3. Have a First Aid Manicure Kit at Hand
A small side tear can be filed down easily with the help of a right tool! All you have to do is have it at hand in times when it’s really needed! Keep your spare nail file in your purse so you can take care of those rips, chips and tears the moment they occur and you won’t have to suffer looking at your nail getting worse and worse every hour thus manage to have, not only longer nails but less damaged clothes as well!
4. Don’t File Too Much
Reshaping and emergencies are one thing, over filing the surface another and while first definitely is something you should do, second is the thing to stay away from! You can buff the surface of your nails to give them shine, scrub them with some toothpaste or lemon juice to remove surface dirt, stains and excess oil but never ever use an abrasive file. These things are great for shaping and may seem like a perfect way to smooth a few ridges you’re not particularly proud of but will actually remove the top layer of your nail making it weaker and more susceptible to infections! Opt for a ridge filler instead and watch your nails go from weak and short to long and strong in a matter of weeks.
5. Eat Right
Ensuring enough nutrients for proper nail growth is a fool proof way to keep nails healthy and shiny! Get enough sleep, eat right and consider supplements in case your busy lifestyle doesn’t leave much room for a really admirable eating regimen. A lot of girls here have only the best words for Biotin – I’ve never tried that myself but hey, all that praise by all those different women, it must be pretty awesome!
6. Nails Need a Break from Gels Too
In case you’re a fan of gel and acrylic manicure or love those gel nail polish thingies, you might want to consider making a break every few months. These things require a lot more filing and will close the nail off, providing ideal environment for infections. Giving your nail a month to rest and breathe will do wonders in terms of nail quality and I even know a girl who is a living proof that this truly works.
7. Go Chemical Free
Most drugstore and high ends brands have changed their nail polish formulas with three or five-free ones, meaning that you won’t need to worry about formaldehyde, toluene, DBP and maybe even camphor and formaldehyde resin. You can take this even further, start using only green brands and kick even more nasty chemicals out of your life and makeup bag. But why stop there? Opt for acetone-free nail polish remover, too!
Hope you’re going to take these tips for long nails into your consideration, lovelies! So, tell me – which are you planning to embrace starting now?