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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