There is a great misconception that, for maintaining beautiful and healthy nails you need to go to salon every single time, but that’s really not true. You can have beautiful and healthy nails just by giving 5-10 minutes of your day on regular basis.
Signs of Healthy nails:
- Cuticles are visible
- Nails are pinkish in color
- Prominent half-moon shaped white section
Signs of Unhealthy nails:
- Change in nail shape
- White line/spots on nails
- Vertical ridges (signs of aging)
- Discoloration of entire nail or some part of the nail
- Swelling around the nails
- Bleeding around the nails
Here, I will be giving you a few simple tips and steps to follow, through which you can get beautiful and healthy nails:
1. Oil/Moisturize your cuticles
2. Moisturize your nails daily
Using moisturizer can protect your tips and toes of fingers. Use any moisturizer that will lock in moisture in nails. You can also use oil and massage it on your nails.
- Brittle nails
- Jagged and broken nail
- Rough edges
- Spitting nails
- Peeling nails
- Cracky nails
When to apply moisturizer?
Which ingredients to look for in a moisturizer?
3. Limit your nail’s contact with water
Excessive contact of nails with water can make your nails very soft and weaken them which often leads to breakage of nails.
So whenever you are spending time in water for longer duration of time, do wear gloves.
4. Remove your old nail polish
The health and appearance of your nails depends on what quality of nail polish remover you use. So, use a good quality nail polish remover and remove the nailpolish from your nails. Look for non acetone nail polish removers as they are less harsh on your skin.
Ingredients to look for:
Look for natural ingredients such as essential oils, fruit extracts and Vitamin E.
5. Trim and file your nails
Trimming and filing your nails is very important because if they grow up too long they can be dangerous and sharp.
6. Buff your nails
Buffing is a nailcare routine that polishes your nails and make them look more beautiful, brightening and also helps you to get rid of any ridges.
It also helps in faster growth of nails as it improves the blood circulation to the nail bed. Buff your nails after you have given shape and filed your nails and make sure they are dry and you have pushed back your cuticles.
How to buff?
Rub it lightly against the nails. While buffing be gentle and buff your nails in one direction instead of back and forth motion. Use only 6-7 strokes to buff your nail as over buffing can cause damage and can take away shine from your nails.
Tip : Avoid buffing if you already chipped, thin or bendy nails and also avoid too much buffing as it can cause damage.
Once a month.
7. Use a nail primer
Nail primer helps the manicure to stay for longer duration of time. Also primer prevents nailpaint from fading, chipping and keep fake nails from prematurely lifting.
How to apply?
Put a dot on the nail and spread it with a brush or let it spread by itself. Apply nailprimer and let it dry for 1 minute. Let it dry fully before moving towards next step or else it won’t adhere properly.
Tip: Also remember not to use nail primer continuously as it will severely damage your nails and the thinning of the nail plate will occur.
8. Apply base coat before nailpolish
9. Apply nail polish
10. Apply top coat after nailpolish
- Avoid biting your fingernails.
- Avoid opening a can of soda with your fingernails.
- Avoid peeling/picking a sticker from any object.
- Avoid peeling off your gels
- Avoid using harsh nail products