Manicures can be an expensive and time-consuming thing, but hey – gorgeous nails! Which is why we are always beset with pain and sorrow when these pristine tips get chipped. Not to mention that split cuticles can also be a literal pain. Here’s what you can do to make the most of your trip to the nail salon.
A dry climate can have a discernible effect on both skin and nail health; cold air holds lesser moisture as compared to warm air. If you spend most of your time working in a frigid, air-conditioned environment, then you may want to watch out. If possible, invest in a humidifier. You can also add a few drops of essential oil into your humidifier to take advantage of the aroma while getting rid of bacteria.
Needless to say, it is important to kick the bad habit of picking your nails. You can also take steps to minimise unnecessary damage to your hands – using rubber gloves to do the dishes is one such example. Doing so ensures that the harsh cleaning agents and chemicals have no way of entering your hands. To rehydrate dry hands, use anti-inflammatory cream and an anti-itch cream. Add a final layer of olive oil or nut butter to seal in the hydration.
Watch the chemicals
When doing your manicure, opt for non-harsh chemical nail products such as non-toxic, 7-free gel polish to prolong nail health. Natural, healthy and shiny nails are easier to maintain if you avoid alcohol-based hand sanitisers and wash your hands with moisturising cleansing oils instead.
Whether you’re used to getting your nails done by a seasoned pro or handling it yourself, no one likes to see all that effort go down the drain. Keeping your nails spick and span is more than just a confidence-booster – it’s also a great conversation starter! Show ‘em if you got ‘em!