January 24, 2017
Give your nails the tender loving care it deserves minus the negative effects of all those nasty chemicals. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to go on weekly trips to the salon to beautify your nails. As a matter of fact, you can actually save up on a lot of cash and keep your nails beautiful by simply sticking to a healthy diet, religiously following a beauty regimen, and maintaining good personal hygiene.
Whenever you apply oil or lotion on your hands, make sure that you linger a bit longer on your nails and cuticles as these tend to dry out quickly, what with all the handwashing and regular application of sanitizers. Coconut oil is highly recommended for this purpose, as it does an excellent job in moisturizing your nails and cuticles.
Proper Cuticle Care
It is a bit hard to resist, but try not to have your cuticles trimmed whenever you have a manicure. It’s usually part of the package, but know that you have every right to say no. These cuticles were designed specifically to block bacteria and cutting them means opening the gates to these infection-causing organisms. Add to that the fact that cutting the cuticles can lead to serious skin issues.
What you can do is moisten or push the cuticles with a cuticle pusher, and snip away only the dead parts of your skin. If you wish to have a conventional or traditional manicure, dab some almond oil or olive oil before heading to the salon. This will protect your cuticle from the chemicals used by the salon.
Say No to Harsh Nail Polish
Formaldehyde, toluene, dimethyl and diethyl phthalates, camphot, and dibutyl phthalate are just some of the many toxic chemicals in a nail polish. Companies suc as Revlon, OPI, Sally Hansen, and Orly took note of this that’s why they made sure that the nail polish they produce does not contain any of these chemicals. It’s also best to read the label first and look for water-based polishes so your nails are safe from chemicals.
Look for Natural Alternatives
In a world where almost everything has chemicals, it’s refreshing to find companies that actually make an effort to remove toxic ingredients from their products. Make it a point to use only products that have natural ingredients. You can also bring these products to the salon for your next manicure or pedicure session.
Buff Over Color
Yes, colorful nails are eye-catching and can easily add a little bit of “oomph” to a plain outfit but colored nail polish can sometimes cause damage to your nails. Try to go for the au naturel look by simply trimming, filing, and buffing your nails. While your at it, make sure that you don’t saw back and forth with a file so you don’t damage or weaken your nails. It’ll take some getting used to, especially if you’re used to having color on your nails but in the long run, you’ll be grateful that you took this advice. Oh and not to mention, you get to save more money because you won’t have to spend on nail polish removers anymore.
Go For Removers That Aren’t Too Harsh or Toxic
Some people can’t live a day without applying color on their nails and that’s okay. If the time comes and you wish to remove the color from your nails, make sure that you use an acetone-free remover. Best if you can find nail polish removers made from natural ingredients like vanilla, fruit acids, soy, and corn.
Make Your Own Nail-Strengthening Concoction
If you’re into all things DIY, you’re gonna love this: you can actually make your own nail-strengthening treatment at home. All you have to do is prepare two teaspoons of castor oil, two teaspoons of salt, and one teaspoon of wheat germ oil. Mix all of the ingredients together, and put it inside a sealed bottle. Rub a pea-sized amount of the concoction on your fingernails and leave it there for three to five minutes. Wipe it off after. This recipe is enough for about twenty to thirty nail-strengthening sessions.
Eat Healthy Food
It sounds cliché and you’ve probably heard this a million times already but really, it all boils down to the food that you eat. Whatever you feed yourself will be reflected in your hair, nails, and skin so make sure that your body gets the nutrition it deserves. If you want healthy nails, load up on proteins, vitamin B, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. These will make your nails less brittle, cause the white spots to disappear, prevent the ridges from forming, prevent dullness and drying, plus, it will keep your nails strong. Drinking 8-12 glass of water daily is very essential as well as it will prevent dehydration.
These chemical-free nail care tips are very simple to follow. The products and ingredients are also quite easy to find. If you’re not confident and you feel like you need a nail specialist’s expertise to help you take care of your nails, that’s fine, for as long as you bring your chemical-free nail products whenever you have a session with them. To look for nail experts in your neighborhood, simply type “nail place near me” on the search engine. Have fun and take good care of your nails!