Beauty & Skincare Tips: Nail Care

Alexander Sophia

The popularity of nicely groomed fingernails continues to grow. It is also widening and men are now getting into the action of visiting the nail salon to have a manicure and pedicure. Nails are now considered as an accessory to fabulous clothes, hip shoes, and chic hairstyles. As both men and women strive to gain an attention-getting appearance, from the tops of their heads to the tips of their toes, nail salons are popping up at almost every turn, no matter where you live. While many people will tell you that it’s beauty on the inside that matters, people want to mirror their inner beauty with their outer beauty.

Nail Care

Finger nails are made out of a protein called keratin. There are many things that can break down the protein in our fingernails like detergents and cleaning chemicals. These chemicals cause nails to be soft or brittle, and they will break easily or even peel. Eating a healthy and well balanced diet is essential to healthy nails. Drinking eight glasses of water a day will ensure your nails stay hydrated. Fruits and vegetables have vitamins in them that strengthen nails. Carrot juice is especially wonderful for nail health.

Having your nails done isn’t just about filing and shaping your nails and then painting on a pretty color. The manicurist will pay close attention to your entire hands and seven up your arms, by applying moisturizing lotion to your hands, nails, and cuticles and massaging it in up into your wrists and forearms. A visit to the salon for a high quality manicure can take between 30 minutes to an hour.

Get into the habit of obtaining good nail health and all your friends will be envious of your fabulous nails. Always file your nails in the same direction to keep edges smooth, and regularly file them to ensure microscopic chips and breaks don’t become big noticeable chips and breaks. Get into the habit of wearing rubber gloves when doing the dishes, laundry, or cleaning the house, especially if you are using chemicals to clean, like when scrubbing the floors or washing the tub. Even having your hands in plain water for a small period of time can weaken your nails. Never apply polish to wet nails, and never file wet nails. Only administer nail care when the nails are dry.

Before applying nail polish, use polish remover to clean the nails and remove any dust or dirt. This will prepare the nail for the nail polish and the nail polish will last a long longer and look shinier. Always apply a base coat to prevent the nail from turning yellow and to provide a foundation for your nail polish. Apply nail polish in the color of your choice in thin coats that will dry evenly. Apply no more than two coats of color. Then finish with a quick drying top coat to seal in the color and prevent chipping. Reapply color and top coat every few days as need to keep your manicure looking fresh.