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Showing posts with label cuticles. Show all posts

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tips for strong and healthy nails

April 21, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Check out this list of things you can do to maintain strong and healthy fingernails. 
P.S. - If you want more detailed information, check out the related posts linked at the end of this post! 
  • Stop biting and picking your nails.
  • When filing, always file in a single direction.  Never saw back and forth!
  • Make sure you’re using the right file; you don't want to use a grit that's too high for your nails.
  • Use an acetone free nail polish remover, acetone will dry out your nails.
  • Give your cuticles a much needed massage.  Use cuticle oil or olive oil to massage your cuticles and nails after you have removed polish.
  • Let your nails breath!  Try to give your nails a break from nail polish, at least for 24hrs once a week.  This will also help keep that dreaded yellow stain at bay. 
  • Buff once every couple of weeks.


  • If your nails are extra brittle and prone to breakage keep them short and use a nail strengthener consistently! 
  • Wear rubber gloves when using household cleaners to provide a barrier of protection against harmful chemicals.
  • Apply sunscreen before going under a UV light.  You can never be too safe!
  • Smooth away dryness with a moisturising hand cream.
  • Always keep a nail file handy for emergencies.
  • Never use your nails as a tool to peel or scratch anything off.
  • And last but not least, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet will also result in stronger nails.

For more details check out the related posts below!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Monday, April 16, 2012

STOP nail biting!

April 16, 2012 5 Comments

One of the most common and irritating stress relieving habits is definitely biting nails.  Biting nails can lead to broken skin on the cuticle which can lead to infection.  When biting your nails you are also transferring bacteria and germs from your fingernails to your mouth!  Nail biting is a bad habit that is not easy to quit.

WOW! These are my brother's NOTD ;)

Here are some tips that can help...

Identify triggers
It could be boredom, or stress or a particular time of day.

Love your nails
Get a manicure and paint the nails to make them look at their best.  

Artificial nails
These will protect your natural nails for some time until they grow out.

Make them taste bad
Apply a clear, bitter-tasting nail polish to the nails.  This is one of the most popular methods used to try to break the habit.

Keep you hands occupied
In case the problem is stress or boredom related try another activity that uses the hands.

Increase calcium and magnesium intake
Calcium and magnesium strengthen the nails.

Chew gum
Chew gum to keep your mouth busy.

Clipper and file
Carry a nail clipper and a nail file with you all the time. 

Healthy fingernails will boost your confidence!  However, to kick this habit, one requires patience.  KEEP TRYING! 

XOXO
Euphrasie85


Sunday, March 18, 2012

DIY: Pedicure

March 18, 2012 5 Comments

It's almost Spring aka sandal season!  It’s time to show our toes to the world.  Here are some tips for a perfect pedicure.

Step 1:
Remove old nail polish with an acetone-free nail polish remover.

Step 2:
Add Epson salt and your favourite scented oil to warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes.  This step does more than clean your feet, it also softens dead skin cells in preparation for exfoliation.  


Step 3:
Dry your feet with a clean towel.  Exfoliate with a scrub.  Check out this post if you want to make your own sugar facial/body scrub.  Massage each foot for a minute or two with a quarter-size blob of scrub.  Start at your heel and work your way out to your toes, ankles, and calves using circular motions.  If you have dry skin, you can also use a wet pumice stone on your feet.  Rinse your feet with warm water.

Step 4:
Using a toenail clipper, trim your nails straight across, then smooth the edges with a nail file.  Make sure not to go too short though.

Step 5:
Massage feet and legs with a rich moisturising cream.  Massage your feet to boosting circulation and reduce swelling.

Step 6:
Apply a cuticle remover at the base of each nail.  Wait one minute for the remover to soften the cuticle.  Use an orange stick to push the cuticle.

Step 7:
Swipe your nails with nail polish remover to get rid of any cream residue left over from your foot massage.  Next, apply a clear base coat.  Then, apply two thin coats of polish and finish with a top coat.

Tips:

When soaking your feet, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water.  Tea tree oil helps fight athlete’s foot and reduce itchiness.

Are you ready for Spring/Summer '12?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Tips for healthy cuticles

January 08, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!  How is 2012 going so far?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to take better care of your hands and nails, keep reading for some great tips!

When most people think of nail care they think of their nail problems like peeling.  Nevertheless, your cuticles (the skin immediately around the fingernail) also contribute to nail health and appearance.  Neglected cuticles are prone to hangnails and dryness, whilst bitten or badly cut cuticles may become infected.   Follow these simple steps to proper cuticle care:

·         Avoid using harsh soaps when washing your hands as they can cause dry cuticles.

·         Exfoliate your hands once a week.

·         Keep your cuticles moisturised.  Massage moisturising hand cream onto your cuticles, and slip on a pair of cotton gloves every night before you go to sleep.  Also, apply oil (olive oil or almond oil) on the fingertips and massage your nails with it.  

·         Never cut your cuticles!  Your cuticles perform an important job; they protect the roots of your nails from harmful bacteria.  Push the cuticles back with a non-metal tool, such as an orange stick.

·         Don’t push back dry cuticles.  Try pushing back your cuticles right after you get out of the shower, or soak your fingertips for a short time in a bowl of warm water.

·         There are three steps to the push back cuticles:
1.       Apply a cuticle remover
2.       Use an orange stick to gently push back
3.       Move the orange stick in a circular motion at the base of the nail to remove any dead skin.

·         Although it’s not a good idea to cut your cuticles, it’s fine to cut your hangnails.  Hangnails should usually be cut using nail scissors or a nail clipper; biting or pulling them frequently makes them worse.

using a nail file

It’s simple: healthy cuticles look better than unhealthy ones.  And healthy cuticles also help keep nails healthy.  

XOXO
Euphrasie85