Nail Care 101

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Sometimes we get caught up in the hype of trying new things. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s great to explore the trends and see what’s new out there. But, every now and then it’s good to get back to the basics of caring for your nails. Here are a couple simple tips for caring for your nails so they can look their best all the time.

Most important…don’t bite! I know sometimes this is easier said than done. Some of us start chomping away when we’re stressed out or have anxiety about an upcoming project or event. I’ve been guilty of this in my past. There are plenty of products out there to apply to your nails that, when they make contact with your mouth, taste terrible! The taste of those products is so strong, eventually you will associate putting your fingers in your mouth with a bad taste. Another good way to curb snacking on your nails? Keeping your nails polished and pretty is a good way to resist biting. Why would you want to ruin your manicure? Also, keeping your nails short will help with not biting your nails, because if they’re short, what’s to bite, right?

Taking care of your cuticles is crucial to your nail health and appearance. Not moisturizing your hands can lead to hangnails and rough cuticles. Follow up with a good hand cream every time you wash your hands. Apply a good cuticle softener at the base of your nail and rub into the fingernail. Using a cuticle stick, gently push back your cuticles. Don’t cut your cuticles yourself, leave that up to a trained professional. Nothing hurts more than a cut in this tender area and it seems like it takes forever to heal. If you find yourself with an annoying hangnail, trim it with nail clippers or nail scissors. Please don’t bite it, you’ll make it worse. Apply cuticle oil or cream to your nails for a deep moisture; use it once a day for the best results.

Filing your nails sounds simple, right? Many people file their nails in a sawing, back and forth motion. Filing your nails like this can weaken the nails and make them tear or peel. Make sure you are using a good file. I don’t like the metal or crystal files, I prefer your basic emery board. They’re really inexpensive, so stock up and always keep new ones on hand…no pun intended. Always file in one direction, from the corner of your nail into the center of the nail. Repeat on the other side until desired shape is achieved.

Nail polish is an added layer of protection for your nails. Make sure your nails are clean and dry before applying any polish. If you are going to use a color polish, make sure you have a base coat on your nail to prevent any staining on your natural nail from the pigment in the polish. Clear polish always looks nice on nails, but feel free to spice it up a bit! Nail polish has come a long way from your basic pinks and reds. I think when Chanel launched Vamp in the early 1990’s it started the craze for high pigment polish. Remember Hard Candy nail polish? Talk about every color known to man! OPI has an exclusive collection with Sephora and there are some great colors there as well. Every season, OPI comes out with a new collection of colors to choose from. Polishing your nails can be done in 3 easy swipes. One stroke of polish down the center of your nail, and one on each side. Finish all your nails, repeat with a second coat and let dry. You can apply a top coat for even more protection. Honestly, I avoid that step most of the time, because it feels like too many layers. Unless I am jazzing my nails up for an important event, I stick with clear polish. It looks nice and it dries very fast!

Now that we’ve softened, filed and polished how about an extra layer of moisture? If you’re in the Denver area, come on down to 3 Jack’s Sports Bar & Grill tomorrow, March 13 from 4-6 p.m. where I will be having a “Spaw” party to raise money for a local animal shelter. 7777 E. Hampden Ave. At Tamarac Square. There will be free paraffin dips to make your hands feel softer than they’ve ever felt before and goodie bags full of samples available for a small donation to our selected charity. I hope to see you there!

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If You’re Going To Splurge…Splurge On This!

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We’ve all found ways to justify spending a little extra on a product we’ve come to love. Whether it’s a cleanser, an eye cream or a moisturizer, we’ll find a way to work it into our budget. And why not, we’re worth it, right? Of course we are! But what about spending more than a little extra on a product? What about one that some may look at as an investment? Every now and then a product comes along that I believe we should splurge on. The one I’m talking about right now is the Clarisonic.

What’s a Clarisonic? Well, if you’re familiar with the Sonicare toothbrush, you will understand the logic behind the Clarisonic Cleansing System, because the same technology was applied to the Clarisonic that was used with the Sonicare. Translation: It’s a very high-tech way to clean your skin. The Clarisonic feels so gentle on your skin, it’s hard to imagine that the brushes move 300 times per second…yes, I just said 300 times per second. So, what exactly does that mean? Well, to put it so anyone can understand that, it means that this product will get your skin a heck of a lot cleaner than just washing with your hands or a wash cloth. Because it cleans so deep, it’s removing 6 times more makeup and dirt than regular cleansing. And because it’s getting your skin so clean, that means that your products are going to absorb better into your skin and you’ll probably use less, saving you money in that area over time. One might think that would feel rough on your skin, or make your skin red and sensitive to touch when you’re finished cleansing with this. It doesn’t.

I had been reading about the Clarisonic for a while and I was intrigued. I’ve suffered with breakouts my whole life and I still do. I pretty much have my skin under control, but I still get the blemishes and I have a lot of congestion underneath my skin on my chin and my cheeks. My 11-year-old daughter is starting to break out as well. She’s at the age where she’s getting blackheads on her nose, but they go so deep, they are stretching her pores. No amount of cleaning, scrubbing or treating seemed to be working on them. Since the brush heads are detachable, meaning you don’t have to share with anyone, everyone in the family can have their own. I think that’s what finally sold me…I could make this investment and I would be able to share it with the people in the family who need it. My 9-year-old is safe…for now.

When I first got it, the only complaint I have is that I couldn’t use it right away. I had to charge the darn thing for 24 hours…stupid technology!! I was very eager to try it the next night and it was everything I had read about and more. The only time my skin ever felt so soft was when I had a professional microdermabrasion, and that hurt! This feels so gentle on your skin and after just one week, my skin looked brighter, my pores looked smaller and my skin was so soft and finally felt clean. I wanted to keep touching my skin, but that just brings on more breakouts. As for my 11-year-old? Well, after only 3 uses on her, the blackheads on her nose are quickly diminishing and her skin looks great. I know she’ll still get breakouts, that’s just the age, but if this can save her from the 2 rounds of Accutane I had to go on before the age of 16, then that right there tells me this was one of the best purchases I could have made.

The only thing I want to know is: Where the heck has this thing been my whole life?? It’s that good! If you’ve ever seen one, or read about it, and you just weren’t sure, I’m here to tell you to go ahead and buy it, you won’t regret it. Yes, it’s expensive, but 100% worth it, and you will love the results. I think the Clarisonic could make me actually enjoy getting a facial again, since it’s taking care of all that congestion on my chin, maybe extractions won’t be so painful now.

Do you have one? Tell me what you love about it, or what made you purchase it. I think everyone should own one!

Send me your questions for Q&A Monday at brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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