Hi everyone! This week, instead of a design I though I would give you a look at my nail care routine. I have done a post on this a while ago, but I’ve changed a good bit of it since then so I thought I’d do an updated post.
The changes I’ve made to my routine are mainly down to better research on now how to care for my nails and picking up tips and tricks from my favourite nail bloggers. The best advice I’ve gotten is from http://www.nailcarehq.com and I’d definitely recommend checking her out. She has some really good advice on proper cuticle care, peeling nails etc.
So let’s get started! First thing I do once I remove my nail polish is apply a good bit of hand cream. I use remover with acetone to remove my polish and it really dries my skin out.
My favourite is still the Vaseline Intensive Care for hand and nails. It soaks into your skin fast and doesn’t feel greasy at all. I rub a good amount in, focusing on my nails and the skin around them.
Next I start on my cuticles. I normally do this once every one to two weeks. I love this Sally Hansen Instant cuticle remover as it only takes 15 seconds.
Once it’s been on for 15 seconds I gently scrape and push back my cuticles with my metal cuticle pusher then wash my hands.
Since I started using the cuticle remover gel I stopped cutting my cuticles, but I still use my cuticle nippers to cut off any hangnails/loose skin around the sides of my nails. I have a really bad habit of biting the skin around my nails (I know, horrible, but it’s a hard habit to break) and making sure there’s no loose skin around my nails helps lessen the urge to bite them.
I like to keep my nails short too. My manicures tend to last a little longer and my nails don’t break or peel as easily when they’re short.
Once a week I’ll trim them down with clippers and the file them into shape with a glass file. I like them square with rounded corners. I don’t buff my nails every week, normaly once a month is enough, but when I do it’s minimal and I do it gently.
After all that I apply more hand cream and a generous amount of cuticle oil. I massage it in and let it sit and soak in for 30 minutes to an hour. Moisturising is another thing that helps me minimise biting. The softer the skin around my nails is, the less likely I am to bite it. I always carry a small tube of this hand cream in my bag, along with a cuticle cream.
Once the cuticle oil has fully soaked into my skin and nails I then apply my base coat and start my manicure…
…and I’m finally done! This routine does take me a while, so I normally set aside two to three hours once a week to go from start it finish. The polishes I used here are Nails Inc’s Notting Hill Carnival and Maybelline’s Color Show Bleached Neons in Coral Heat.
I hope you liked this little update and I’ll be back next week with a tutorial.
Thanks for looking,