If like myself, your nails are somewhat of a lockdown casualty and are becoming quite the feature for all the wrong reasons, do not worry because help is on the way! For most of us a proper lockdown nail care routine is currently non existent. So I spoke with Margaret, award winning beautician and owner of La Bellissima in Galway to help set us back on the right path!
Here are her top lockdown nail care tips:
STRENGTH & CONDITION
VITAMINS – Take a good Multivitamin that will help to keep your nails healthy and strong. White marks are generally a sign of vitamin malnourishment. Pay attention to your nails because they can tell you a lot about the health and condition of your overall body.
CUTICLE OIL – Your cuticles are your natural nail protector. Invest in a good vitamin filled cuticle oil that will help to keep your nails in great condition. Apply the oil every evening as part of your nighttime routine.
HAND CREAM – For optimum nail care you should keep your nails well moisturised. Invest in a good hand cream and use it as part of your nighttime routine.
OUTER STRENGTH – Use some sort of nail varnish (even a clear varnish) to keep your nails strong. Margaret recommends the 5 day approach: (1) Apply one coat every day for 5 days. On the 5th day remove the varnish with a non acetone remover and then start the process again straight away. This will keep your nails strong and stop them from breaking.
FILING – Keep your nails filed to stop rough edges from getting caught and ripping. The softer/smoother the nail file, the better for your nails. You should always file in one direction instead of over and back which can weaken your nails.
CUTICLES – Do not cut your cuticles! They are your natural nail protector and any damage can affect nail growth and condition. Not to mention that it is very dangerous. If you want to soften them, soak them in warm water with soap. If you must try to control them, then use a very soft utensil to push the cuticles back very gently.
STOP BITING – If you have started biting your nails during lockdown, try to make a conscious effort to stop. Putting a strong nail varnish on may help to stop yourself from biting.
CLEANING – Be careful with using various utensils to try and clean dirt out of your nails. You may accidentally separate the nail bed from the nail giving room for infection to grow.
DISCOLOURATION – If your nails have gone discoloured from bad nail varnish you can scrub them with washing powder and warm water.
A GOOD BASE – If you are painting your nails, always put a base on first. If you put strong colours on to your nails directly it will discolour your natural nails.
DRYING – Make sure each coat is completely dry before you apply the next coat otherwise it will cause smudging. You can speed up the nail drying process with cold air. Normal varnish, if applied properly, should last a week.
QUALITY – Always opt for higher quality nail polishes especially when it comes to the base and the top coat.
AT HOME SHELLACS – If you have bought an ‘at home Shellac kit’, make sure you are following proper instructions. Primer is an acid so you need to be careful with application. Take extra care when removing the polish, and do not pull it off as this is where the real damage will be done. These at home kits are definitely not recommended for beginners.
Regardless of lockdown, an investment in proper nail care treatment is going to make a huge difference to you going forward. So why not use this time to get into a proper routine by just making the few small changes recommended above.
I hope you have found this lockdown nail care article useful. As always I would love to hear your feedback and indeed any funny mishaps that you would like to share!
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