Sunday, 4 May 2014

My Nail Care Routine

Hey Nailistas!

Everyone knows that it's super important to have and maintain a good nail care routine, especially to those of us who are forever painting our nails! I've seen tons of people sharing their own routines, so I wanted to share mine with you. It's taken me a while to find products that really work for me, but having tried out heaps of them over the years, I'm finally at a point where I have a routine that really does make a massive difference to the health and strength of my nails. 

Here's how my naked nails currently look:

Once I take off my polish, I always clean my hands and nails with soap and file them. I prefer them to be a little longer than they are right now, but I've had to keep them on the shorter side due to the nail on my ring finger catching on something and breaking (grr!). Once I have filed them, I then push back my cuticles. I don't cut mine as I've been told that it's healthier to just push them back. I've had them cut before and didn't see any marked difference between that and just pushing them back, so I've always just continued to do that. 

Next, I smooth, buff and polish my nails using a buffer block. I picked my current one up really cheap from a drugstore (Superdrug, if you're in the UK) and it really makes such a massive difference to the look of your nails. They're especially good for minimising the stain left from any particularly strong polish. 

I then apply some of Sally Hansen's Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil to each nail and massage it in. I leave it on for a few minutes and then give my hands a quick wash just to get the excess off before I put any polish on them.

I then finish with a coat of Sally Hansen's Miracle Coat Strengthener. This stuff works like a dream! My nails have always been naturally quite brittle and are prone to breaking and splitting, but having used this only a couple of times, I've already seen a massive difference to the health of my nails. This is definitely the best base coat that I've used for my nails and one that I'll definitely keep using. I picked mine up for around £10 from Boots, but I'm sure you'll be able to find it elsewhere. Sally's everywhere, after all!

The last step is to apply some moisturiser to keep your hands nice and soft. I don't have a particular favourite when it comes to brand, to be honest, I just use whatever we have in the house. I'm not prone to having dry skin, so most basic moisturisers have always worked well for me.

So, there you have it: my current nail care routine! I'm sure that most of your routines follow a similar pattern, but if anyone has picked up any new tips from this, then I hope they work for you as well as they work for me! :)