Hey guys, for today's post we are going to be talking about nail care. I get asked all the time by my friends and family, what do you do to keep your nails healthy? So I figured I would finally share some tips with you guys. These tips have been very helpful to me, in just only in a few weeks I began to see a difference in my nails. If your not sure if your nails are healthy, here's how you can tell. Healthy nails are smooth without dents and ridges. They should also be strong and free of any spots or discoloration. Now, If your nails are opposite of what I just described, then mostly likely your nails are probably not healthy. Before we get started I must warn you, some of these pictures are very graphic and may be hard to look at. As you can see in these pictures my nails were short and very weak. I believe the secret to maintaining healthy nails is to stick to a regimen that works best for you. It may seem like a lot at first but if you stay with it, you'll have healthy nails in no time. I think one of the things that we don't think about is how our diets can affect the health of our nails. Our nails are composed of calcium and different minerals. Therefore, it is important for us to replenish them. For instance, diary products, vegetables, vitamins, and drinking water can help prevent your nails from becoming brittle. Another thing to remember is your hygiene. It is essential to keep your nails clean. We must keep in mind that our nails can carry disease causing bacteria and germs. So when washing your hands it's good to use a small soft brush to help clean underneath your nails and around your cuticles. Also, it is good to keep your nails trimmed. I like to file my nails with a glass nail file. When filing your nails move in one direction going back and forth. This helps to prevent any injuries to your nails. And yes, it is possible for your nails to have an injury. When your nails are injured they will develop white lines or weak spots, eventually they grow out. Another tip is to moisturize your hands and cuticles on a regular basis. You can use anything from cuticle oil, lotion, or Vaseline. I found that when you do this your nails become more flexible. So if you hit your nail against something it will bend instead of breaking. This is another reason why I decreased my usage of nail hardeners. Over time I realized that nail hardeners would make my nails too hard. Remember, our nails are made of minerals, so we should use products that consist of natural ingredients such as vitamin E to help strengthen them. Finally, my last tip is to stay away from harsh chemicals. Strong chemicals such as bleach can harm your nails. So remember, gloves are your best friend or you can just make your husband or someone else wash the dishes. I hope you will find these tips helpful as you began your journey to healthier nails.
Before Pictures of My Nails
My Nail Care Routine
- Apply cuticle remover on cuticles, let it sit for at least 30 seconds or until cuticles soften
- Use a manicure stick to push back your cuticles
- Rub oil/moisturizer on cuticles and nails
- Wash hands or use nail cleanser to remove any access oil from your nails
- Apply base coat
- Paint nails with your favorite polish
- Apply top coat
Products used in this video are cuticle oil, cuticle remover
and It's Raining Men by Deborah Lippmann, Nail Cleanser by Formula X,
Acetone by Onyx Professional, and Base & Top Coat by Seche.