From choosing the right nail colour to keeping your tips healthy.
We use our hands for SO many activities and we don’t even realise it. Look, you’re using them right now to scroll through this blog post. It’s important that we care for our hands and nails as much as we do our face and the rest of our body. The skin on our hands and around our nails tends to get dry very easily and ages faster than we think. Nails turning brittle and yellow is common as well and a lot of it has to do with your nail care routine and the products you use. It’s not always easy to head over for a manicure every fortnight, but there are a few steps you can undertake at home that are quick and effective. Here, take a look at our step-by-step guide to nail care to keep your hands and nails looking healthy and youthful.
First, make sure your hands and nails are both moisturised at all times. Just like you have a lip balm for your bag, desk, bedside, car and bathroom, make sure you have a hand cream stowed away in all of these places too. For your cuticles, invest in a cuticle oil or balm and massage it all over your nails to avoid dry splinters and encourage healthy growth.
Ensure that your nails are neatly groomed—cut and filed to a size you’re comfortable with—at all times. Consider it part of your Selfcare Sunday routine and you’ll never forget. Always, end this step by applying a hydrating cuticle treatment.
When applying nail polish, you must always use a base and a top coat, and pick a polish that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. Wet N Wild has a variety of protective base coats and even a matte top coat to allow you to choose what works best for you. We’re particularly in love with the brand’s 1 Step WonderGel Nail Colors—you’ll find them in our August bellabox in stunning Coral and Peri-wink-le shades! While frequent gel and acrylic treatments can weaken your nails, this at-home polish is kind to your fingertips. The gel formula doesn’t require a top coat, dries without the need of UV light, lasts for up to two weeks and has a beautiful shine! It’s also free of Formaldehyde, Toluene and Phthalates so you know your nails won’t be weakening or getting discoloured because of it.
Make sure your nail polish remover is acetone-free; the solution has been drying out nails and the skin around it for decades now. Always use a gentle remover when switching colours and keep a check of your nail health everytime they’re bare. In fact, it’s a great call to leave your nails bare for at least a week, every 6-8 weeks so you can clip off the old growth and make way for a fresh set of nails.