Hot Tips for Keeping Your Nails in Good Condition

Hot Tips for Keeping Your Nails in Good Condition

Keeping Your Nails In Good Condition

You will keep your nails in top shape by following these few simple procedures:

  • If your nails break often, keep them fairly short.
  • Never use your nails to open tins and other containers with.
  • Do not cut nails with scissors as this tends to weaken them. Use a nail file or emery board. File in one direction from the side to the centre. Do not rub back and forth. Have the emery board on a slight angle while filing the nail.
  • Use a good quality nail polish remover and don’t pick at old nail polish. Do not use straight acetate to remove old nail polish – use the cosmetic types as they have inbuilt moisturisers which condition the nail and do not cause nail damage.
  • There are numerous great nail moisturisers on the market that harden and condition the nail at the same time.
  • A more natural approach is to soak your nails in a basin of hot almond or wheatgerm oil for 10 minutes. Of course ensure that the oil is not too hot or you will be burnt.
  • You can push back your cuticles with special cuticle removers and a special hand cream – available at your local pharmacy. Do not ever cut your cuticles.
  • When polishing nails, use a base and a top coat, which gives extra protection and thickness. Be sure to ‘tip’ the top edge to seal the nail.
  • Apply the polish sparingly. It is better to apply a thin coat as it will not chip as quickly.
  • Remember, pale or natural shades of colour tend to make the hands look older, so wear more daring colours for a more youthful appearance.
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