Tips for having great nails
You don’t have to visit the salon on a regular basis in order to have beautiful nails. The combination of a well-balanced diet and good personal hygiene can give you salon-worthy nails at a fraction of the cost and chemical burden.
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- Use moisturizer
When rubbing lotion or oil into your hands, make sure you work it into the cuticles and nails, too. Regular hand washing or use of hand sanitizer can dry out the skin and nail bed quickly, so try to moisturize after every wash, if possible. Coconut oil is excellent for rubbing into your nails and cuticles.
- Care for your cuticles
Avoid having your cuticles trimmed during a manicure. Cuticles are meant to be a barrier for bacteria, and cutting them can lead to painful infections. You can moisten and push them back with a cuticle pusher, and trim away only dead pieces of skin.
If you’re planning on having a conventional manicure done, then at least protect your cuticles by dabbing with olive oil or almond oil prior, in order to reduce the amount of chemical that soaks in from the polish.
- Choose a good remover
You can get acetone-free remover almost anywhere, which is less harsh on your nails.
- Avoid using harsh polish
Nail polish typically contains very toxic chemicals such as toluene, dibutyl phthalate, dimethyl and diethyl phthalates, camphor, and formaldehyde. You can buy water-based polishes, which don’t last as long but are the safest option out there.