My Nail Care Routine
For the past one year I had been suffering with the problem of nail chipping and brittle nails. My cuticles were in very dry and were chipping badly as a result they used to pain a lot. I was really tensed seeing the terrible condition of my nails and cuticles so one fine day I decided to take my nail health seriously and designed a special nail care routine. I have been following this routine for 2 months now and my nail health has improved drastically and I have benefited greatly from this nail care routine.
I will pen down all the steps I follow for my nail care routine and hope it helps you too.
Nail Care Routine
Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize
So the first thing I do in the morning is to moisturize my hands and nails properly with a good hand and nail cream. Keeping the hands and nails moisturized is the key to healthy hands and nails. So always, always keep them properly moisturized.
Use a Nail Cream
I went to The Body Shop store around 2 months back as I was looking for a nail cream to help me with the problem of nail chipping. There were a lot of hand and nail creams but I decided to try out The Body Shop Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment. I have been using it for 2 months and I am so astonished with the results. This nail treatment has solved the problem of nail chipping to a large extent. Ever since I have been using this cream my nails have grown a lot without chipping.
So the next step is to apply a good nail cream to your nails as they really help to condition the nail and helps prevent nail chipping.
Use a Cuticle Oil or Cuticle Cream
As my cuticles were in awful condition I also went ahead and started using a cuticle massage cream and a cuticle oil. I have been using the Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream and the Jericho Cuticle oil and I must say that these two products have changed my life. My cuticles are so healthy now with no chipping at all.
You can read the full review of the Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream HERE.
You can read the full review of the Jericho Cuticle Oil HERE.
Always include a cuticle cream or a cuticle oil in your daily routine. At night while going to bed I apply a small amount of the oil or the cream on my cuticles and massage them in circular motions. The massage makes my cuticles very soft and prevent them from chipping.
I had never realized the importance of cuticle creams or cuticle oils but now that I have been using them for a while it is really evident that these products do help us a lot and are extremely important in our nail care routine.
Push Back Your Cuticles
Pushing back your cuticles is also necessary for healthy nails. Dip your hands in lukewarm water for 2 minutes and push back the cuticles with the help of a orange stick or a cuticle pusher once in a while.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Brittle Nails
Apple Cider Vinegar is another remedy for brittle nails. It is loaded with nutrients that are healthy for your nails. Mix in equal quantities of raw, unfiltered of ACV and water in a small bowl. Soak your nails in this solution for few minutes. Do this once a week and your nails will become much stronger after doing this.
Dip Nails In Olive Oil
Once in a week I take 5 tbsp of olive oil in a bowl, warm it in a microwave for 20 seconds and I dip my clean nails in it for 2 minutes. This helps to strengthen the nails and makes the cuticles moisturized. After taking out my hand from the oil I massage the oil that is left on my nails in circular motions.
Trim, File and Buff Your Nails
Another step that I follow to keep my nails in good condition is to cut and file my nails at an interval of 15 days. I always trim or file my nails in 15 days. I always use a glass nail file to file my nails as the metal one or the emery board is too abrasive and it damages my nails. I mainly file my nails to get rid of ragged edges and to round out the corners. However I always remember to file my nails in one direction to avoid any splitting and cracking. I have almond nails and this shape really suits my nails and it also helps my nails to grow without breaking. After filing my nails I always buff them with my Jericho Nail Buffer. The buffer smoothens out my nails and gives my nails a very nice shine and luster.
You can buy a glass nail file from HERE.
I use my Jericho Nail Buffer to buff my nails. You can read the full review of the nail buffer HERE.
Take a Break
You should always remember to let your nails breathe because that is very important for maintaining healthy nails. If you love applying nail paints like me I recommend taking a break from nail paints once in a while. Always keep a gap of a few days in between, leave your nails without nail paint and let them breathe. If you love getting nail extensions done keep a gap in between that also. I had got nail extensions in December last year and after a couple of months I got them removed because it was harming my nails and they needed to breathe. So always give your nails a break from all that nail extensions and nail paint.
Apply a Base Coat
If you like applying dark nail paints do remember to apply a base coat underneath to prevent staining your nails. Always use a nail polish remover which is acetone free because acetone in nail paint removers can dry out the nails and hence cause breakage.
Use a Nail Growth Activator
If your nail growth is slow apply a nail growth activator to accelerate the growth of your nails. I use Sally Hansen Natural Nail Growth Activator and it helps to increase the nail growth rate.
I have been following this nail care routine for a couple of months now and I am really happy seeing how well this routine has worked for me. I will be sharing pictures of how long my nails have become after using this routine. First my nails used to start chipping once they grew a bit but now you can see in the pics that they have become so long. This nail care routine has solved the problem of nail chipping almost completely and as you can see my cuticles are also in so good condition.
You also get manicures done to give your nails some extra care and pampering. You can go for regular manicures at salon or you can do manicures at home. I will be doing a post on how to do manicure and pedicure at home, so keep a watch on that.
So this was my nail care routine that I have following and I am so happy seeing the condition of my nails after this routine. If there any tips you would like to share please comment down below. Suggestions, comments and questions are always welcome.