Manicure Monday ~ Mani-care

Manicare

Hello there and welcome to another Manicure Monday post with a difference, I am sure most of us have read so many manicure monday posts but hardly any posts on manicare. Today’s post aims to show you how I care for my nails and why it is so important to care for your nails and it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. I do not know about you but I am no longer the weekly change nail polish kind of girl anymore. Now when I do my nails I want them to last for at least 2 weeks, if they only last a week then I will leave them for another week without painting them to give them room to breath and that is really the essence of it all. Just like everything else, your nails too need a break from being coloured all the time and that makes a huge difference. Below I have listed some of the ways I care for my nails

Week long breaks – As I have mentioned above I like to give my nails a week break between painting my nails, that way they get the nutrients and some sunlight without being blocked by the nail varnish.

Avoid cuticle remover – most people who go to the salon to have their nail done know most parlors remove your cuticles or pull them back, this is not good nor healthy as removing or pushing back the cuticles destroys the fungal barrier that they create. I am not sure if you have noticed but the nails become weaker and more susceptible to infection.

Nail extender – What most people do not know is that when having nails done professionally it’s best to have a tip extender than to cover up the whole nail and this blocks it from getting proper nutrients. Some nail parlors will recommend some products to use when you covered up the nail but they usually do more damage the good.

Healthy Lifestyle – most people do not realise how important a healthy diet is to the upkeep of the nails and the rest of the body. Eating proteins like keratin helps your nails grow and keeps them strong.

Hydration – though I do not practice it as religiously as others it is important to stay hydrated to keep the nails healthy without cuts and cracks on them.

Reduce contact with water – though you have to stay hydrated it, it’s important to reduce how many times you hands come on contact with water and chemicals, use gloves whenever possible.

Oils – using oils like olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil the night before bed helps make the nails stronger.

Acetone free – when buying nail varnish aim to purchase acetone free polish than other products as they cause more damage to the nails. I try to use acetone free nail polish and acetone free varnish remover.

These are some of the ways I care for my nails so as to keep them healthy and strong.

How do you care for your nails?

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