Having pretty nails is a concern for a lot of women, especially during summertime. Taking care of your nails is part of anyone’s basic personal hygiene routine, but for women, it goes beyond that – it’s a way to feel pretty and elegant.
The only problem? Going to a professional nail salon isn’t accessible to everyone, and not everyone knows how to have beautiful nails without a manicure. But we have some good news!
There are a few things you can do at home to take care of your nails without needing to go through the costly chemical ordeal of a professional manicure. Here are eight tips on how to have beautiful nails.
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1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
We are fully aware of how important it is to wash our hands, but constant handwashing can lead to dry skin, as it eliminates the natural oils your skin produces.
Every time you wash your hands, use a bit of hand lotion to help keep them moisturized, and be sure to apply a generous amount and to distribute it well – do not forget your nails and cuticles in the process. Coconut oil is also a great skin moisturizer if you prefer a more natural product.
2. Remember To Take Good Care Of Your Cuticles
Cuticles can be annoying, but they serve a purpose – they exist to protect your skin against harmful bacteria by creating a barrier. If you trim your cuticles during a manicure, you put yourself at a higher risk of infection.
The best way to deal with cuticles is with a cuticle pusher. Moisten your skin and proceed to push the cuticles back with that useful home-manicure accessory. The only thing you should be cutting is the dead, dry skin around your fingernails, and nothing more.
If you are the type of person who can’t resist a conventional manicure, be sure to dab your cuticles in almond oil or olive oil to protect them against all those nail polish chemicals.
3. Read The Label On Your Nail Polish
The majority of nail polish brands use very toxic chemical compounds in their formula that can be dangerous for your skin and your nails alike. Be sure to read the labels before, and if you find stuff like dimethyl and diethyl phthalates, formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor, put it back on the shelve.
Some brands, like Revlon, OPI, Sally Hansen, and Orly make chemical-free nail polishes, but we would still advise you to read the label before purchasing them to be safe!
4. Look Into Healthier Nail Products
Even if you decide to take care of your nails at home instead of going to a professional manicure, there are some aspects you should take into consideration, and the toxicity of the products is probably the most important one.
You should be reading the labels in all of the products you use on your nails – nail remover, nail polish, even nail serum. Always try to purchase the less toxic product and, whenever possible, try a more natural approach and pick natural products instead.
5. Buff Your Nails
A thing you can do to keep your nails pretty and healthy is to buff them instead of using nail polish. A more natural look can be a great look if you take proper care of your “claws.” Start by sawing with a file from the outside edge and work your way inward. Avoid sawing back and forth, as it can weaken your nails.
6. Say No To Acetone
Acetone was used for a long time as the prime polish remover, but it turns out this magic liquid can be pretty harsh for both your nails and your skin. You can purchase acetone-free removers in almost every shop nowadays, but Priti has a natural remover made solely from corn and soy, which is a pretty good option.
7. Strengthen Your Nails Naturally
How to strengthen your nails naturally, you ask? It’s pretty simple, here is the recipe for you to do it at home, like a true nail expert. You should mix 2 tablespoons of salt and the same amount of castor oil, with one tablespoon of wheat germ oil.
Keep the mix in a sealed bottle, and you will have enough for almost 30 applications. Apply this miraculous nail-strengthening natural remedy to your nails, rub gently and rinse it off after 3 to 5 minutes – pretty easy and pretty effective.
8. Mind Your Diet
Eating well is important for your overall health, and your nails are no exception. A diverse diet will help keep your nails strong, healthy, and pretty. Drink lots and lots of water and be sure to ingest fair amounts of foods that contain protein, vitamins A, B and C, calcium, omega-3, and zinc.