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Healthy DIY Manicures(I): The Bare Essentials


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It’s true; you don’t have to travel all the way to a nail salon just to achieve the perfect manicure. We’ve got some helpful DIY tips for an easy home manicure that will even save you the extra cash to spend on colours with!

A beauty article by Penny C

Before you start applying fresh coats of nail polish, give your nails some tender loving care to maintain a natural and healthy gloss! First of a two parts feature on healthy nail care, we share with you pointers on how to keep your bare nails looking and feeling clean, smooth and fresh. If you weren’t convinced that you were capable of doing your own nails before, now you’ve got the first set of Do It Yourself tips to give you that confident boost!

Nails by Flickr user alexdramClean Slate
The very first and basic task is to completely remove the old colour. Do this thoroughly to keep your nails really clean in order to avoid chipping when the coats are applied. Soak a cotton ball with nail polish remover and let it rest on your nail for a few seconds before swiping it across. This will effectively help to remove dirt, residue, excess soap or oil that can discourage the natural shine and smoothness of nails.

Shape Up
After a couple of weeks, your manicure is bound to look horrid when the old coat has chipped off and your nails have outgrown the length and shape of the original polish. Whether your prefer them rounded or squared, trim your nails before every fresh manicure to get a neat shape.

Ahh…
Give your hands some relax time. Soak them in a bowl of warm water mixed with two table spoons of liquid soap for five minutes to soften the cuticles. Hot water dries yours nails and hands so prevent this from happening by maintaining a mild water temperature.

NailsExfoliate!
Freshen up your hands with a good scrub to remove dead cells. Use either a body scrub or create a DIY mixture of olive oil and kosher salt/raw sugar to exfoliate your hands. Wash and dry your hands completely to remove any residue after two to three minutes of thorough scrubbing.

Soft and Supple
After drying your hands, apply either lotion or cuticle oil to areas where your skin/nails are especially dry. This helps to nourish your cuticles, soften rough edges and ensures an even coat when polish is applied over your nails. Once that’s done, don’t forget to moisturise your hands too!

Nails by Flickr user alexdram
Besides all that washing, scrubbing and moisturising, drink plenty of water to keep your nails looking healthy. Diet-wise, consume dishes that contain ingredients like soy, celery, dairy and seafood to up the intake of calcium, iron, potassium and Vitamin B for strong nails. Maintain those beautiful, bare nails and when you’re ready, bring on the colours!

Photo Credits: Alexdram on flickr



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