A manicure is arguably the easiest way to give yourself a quick ego boost. Maintaining a set of clean, strong nails is a basic self-care habit that can, at a glance, resemble your overall cleanliness. Whether you’re headed to an interview or lunch with an old friend, if your nails are disheveled, people will notice. Below, you can learn simple ways to keep your paws in picture-perfect form below.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET
Healthy nails, just like healthy skin and hair, starts from the inside. Having a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins is incredibly beneficial for your healthy skin, hair, and nails. Key nutrients for strong, shiny nails include Biotin, omega-3s, and vitamins C and D. I love fish oil because it contains the essential fatty acid omega-3, which plays a role in keeping the moisture locked in our nails.”
MOISTURIZE CUTICLES AND HANDS
One of my favorite ways to maintain healthy nails and promote nail growth is by moisturizing your cuticles. Putting cuticle oil around the cuticle helps to reduce chipping, cracking, and splitting—all while ensuring your manicure lasts longer. After a manicure, I love applying Kora Organics Noni Glow Body Oil to my hands and cuticles. I massage it around my cuticles for a few seconds to lock in the moisture.
GET REGULAR MANICURES
One of the many reasons nails may be damaged is caused by improper application and removal of product. Gels or acrylic nail enhancements should never be forcefully peeled off. Seek a professional manicurist that uses quality products (preferably free of harsh toxins, like formaldehyde), and properly removes gel polish by only filing off the top layer of gel to break the seal, then wrapping and soaking nail with gel remover. Bio Seaweed Gel and The Gel Bottle Inc are my go-to choices for gels because they are free of severe toxins and have great color choices.”
PROTECT YOUR HANDS
If you wash your hands frequently, make sure to moisturize as often as possible. Try natural dish soap, as it’s gentler on hands, and a hydrating hand cream immediately after doing dishes. When doing housework, minimize contact with harmful chemicals by wearing latex gloves. Additionally, apply sunblock daily, especially to the top part of your hands because it’s one of the first areas to show signs of aging.