Achieving Pinterest-worthy nails doesn't always require a trip to the salon. By incorporating these small steps into your routine, you’ll go a long way in preserving the natural beauty of your nails and promoting overall nail health.
Read on below for five simple nail-care tips that you can easily incorporate into your routine at home!
HYDRATION IS KEY
Keeping your nails and cuticles hydrated by applying a nourishing cuticle oil or moisturizer, such as the Manucurist Complete Serum, will help protect your nailbeds and polish their appearance. Well-moisturized nails are less prone to breakage and splitting.
Especially in the wintertime, cold air can be particularly harsh on your skin and nails. The low humidity levels and chilly temperatures can strip moisture from your nails, leaving them dry and brittle. The simple addition of hydrating oils and a hand cream promotes healthier and stronger nails and enhances the longevity of your manicure.
GENTLE NAIL CARE
It’s essential to treat your nails with TLC to prevent chips and breaks. Whether they are manicured or not, avoid using your nails as tools for opening objects or scratching surfaces.
The same guideline applies when trimming or filing your nails; opting for a gentle approach and filing in only one direction will avoid weakening the nail structure. Using a good quality nail clipper and a fine-grit nail file will also upkeep a neater look and prevent unnecessary damage.
PROTECT FROM PREMATURE DAMAGE
When engaging in household chores or using cleaning products, protect your nails by wearing gloves, as harsh chemicals can weaken the nails and lead to breakage. If you’re frequently getting your nails wet, it’s also a good idea to keep some rubber gloves handy––nails that are constantly moistened have a greater tendency to soften, bend, or break more often.
CHOOSE NAIL-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
When applying nail polish or using nail care products, choose formulas free from harsh chemicals. For example, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is often used to make nail polish more flexible; however, it has been linked to hormone disruption. Formaldehyde is used as a hardening agent and has also been linked to hormonal disruptions and respiratory carcinogens.
We recommend opting for nail polishes with added benefits like strengthening or nourishing ingredients to support the health of your nails. As an alternative, we love our new, nail-friendly additions by Manucurist –– an eco-conscious, cruelty-free, and vegan nail polish brand now available at BSE!
MANUCURIST GREEN NAIL POLISH
Ready to spruce up your at-home nail care routine? Check out our newest online section, nail care––where you can find all the tools and products you need for a quality, at-home manicure!
Until next time,
The BSE Team