I don’t always have time to do my nails while I’m in school. Things get busy and time is precious. I stick with this basic routine to keep my hands and nails looking nice, without having to commit to a lot of time and effort. To keep your nails healthy and strong, follow these 5 basic and fundamental nail care tips.
Remove any old nail polish with a cotton ball and nail polish remover. (Make sure your remover is for natural nails). I like to keep my nails looking fresh by removing the polish once a week, or when major chipping has occurred.
Keep your nails trimmed and filed in order to prevent them from splitting, chipping or breaking. When shaping your nails, always file in one direction (not a back-and-forth motion).
Use a cuticle pusher to keep your cuticles in check. I use one with a rubber end because it is gentler. This step only takes a matter of seconds but makes all the difference visually.
Many cosmetic brands have great hand-and-nail lotions, which are great for on the go. Also consider using a cuticle oil or cream, especially during winter. I always apply cuticle oil after a shower, before bed and after I’ve used nail polish remover to prevent my cuticles and nails from drying out (which can also lead to chipping). Don’t have cuticle oil on hand? Try using Vaseline!
Always use a base coat! And to seal in your desired colour or design, use a top coat as well. I try to keep a clear coat of polish on my nails even if I don’t want to paint my nails a specific colour. This helps encourage nail growth.