You might reason that there are gel and acrylic nails to help out if your nails are not the best. And it’s true, they can hide a multitude of sins – a great short term or special occasion solution to hide less than healthy nails. But I have to say from experience that I much prefer to have healthy natural nails, same way I prefer to have all my own teeth 🙂
Here are 3 habits that you should break if you want beautiful nails from Aija Vilemsonne of Pretty Girl
If you have this habit you know you are not doing your nails any favors. It doesn’t just destroy the look of your nails, it can also do underlying damage and affect the nails as they grow. It’s hard to stop though, I know, as I have been through this myself and cracked the habit.
If you’d like to stop, (you know you want to!) see 22 Fast and Easy Ways to Stop Biting Your Nails. You could soon have gorgeous nails without the fakes and be able to experiment with the trends that need longer nails to carry off!
Forgetting the Base Coat
If you’re painting your nails, it’s easy to forget to apply a base coat, especially if you’re in a rush. You want color, so you paint it on. But if you have a professional manicure, they always apply a base coat and there’s a good reason for that.
Colored polishes can discolor your nails and leave you with yellow unhealthy looking nails. The problem is that nails are porous and the color seeps in. The darker the nail polish, the higher the danger of discoloration.
Don’t just use clear polish as a base coat. As Anja says
Base coats contain important nutrients that your nails need. Vitamins, minerals, and aloe are common ingredients, and all promote moisture and keep nails from breaking or chipping.
With a proper base coat, your polish will glide on more smoothly and your manicure will last longer, so it’s well worth taking the extra time.
Buffing Your Nails Too Much
Buffing is great to keeping the nails smooth and getting rid of bumps and ridges but you can easily overdo it if you’re not careful. Buffing actually wears off some of the nail surface and if you overdo it you can seriously weaken your nails and make them brittle rather than making them more beautiful.
Aija recommends using buffers no more than once every month to keep your nails looking good without damaging them.
More Nail Care Tips from Anja
- If you have made the mistake of putting dark colored polish on your nails without a base coat, try buffing with lemon juice. This helps to bleach to color from the nail, but don’t forget the base coat next time!
- Moisturize before and after a manicure, paying particular attention the nail bed. This helps protect your nails and promote healthy growth. (I find it helps to apply hand cream after every hand wash and massage this into the nail bed. That way your nails are getting well looked after several times a day)