You have to go to the salon regularly to have a beautiful pin. A combination of a well-balanced diet, deep beauty and good personal hygiene can give you a fraction of the salon’s worth of pins and the chemical burden.
- Use moisturizer
When rubbing lotions or oils in your hands, make sure you also work on cuticles and nails tips. Regular hand washing or hand sanitizer can dry the skin and nail beds, so try to remove moisture after each wash if possible. Coconut oil is perfect for rubbing into your nails and cuticles.
- Take care of your cuticles
Avoid trimming your cuticles during a manicure. Skins are a barrier to bacteria, and bites can cause painful infections. You can moisturize and push them back with a cuticle pusher, and remove only the dead pieces of skin.
If regular manicures are intended, then at least protect your cuticles by diluting them with olive oil or almond oil, to reduce the number of chemicals that may be lost in polish.
- Avoid using harsh polish
Nail polish is usually made up of very toxic chemicals such as toluene, dibutyl phthalate, dimethyl and diethyl phthalate, caffeine, and formaldehyde. Fortunately, companies like OPI, Orly, Sally Hansen, and Revlon make some polishes that don’t contain this chemical but make sure you read the label carefully before purchasing. You can also buy water-based finish, which doesn’t last long but it is the safest option.
- Find alternatives
There are now companies that have fewer toxins and polish removers. Check out the list below and bring your favourite colour as you go to the salon for your next pedicure.
No Miss Nail Care
- Leather instead of colour
It may not be as fancy or eye-catching as the colours, but a little buffing can go a long way. Take the time to trim properly, file and polish your nails, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how good they look despite nature. Never look behind the file as it can make your nails weak. Always file inwards from the outer edge of the nail.
- Choose a good remover
You can find acetone-free remover anywhere, which is less tight on your pins. Preeti sells a remover made entirely of soy and corn, and the so-called neo-mussel is almost natural, containing fruit acid and vanilla.
- Make nail a natural remedy to strengthen
This version came from a book called Lead in Your Lip Stick by Gail Decon.
Mix: 2 tablespoons castor oil, two teaspoons salt, one teaspoon wheat germ. Mix and place in a sealed bottle. Rub a small amount on your nails. Leave for 3 to 5 minutes. Complete wipe. Makes enough money for 20 to 30 requests.
- Eat well
Diet is essential for maintaining healthy nails. Protein is necessary, as are omega-3 fatty acids. Eating with Vitamin B reduces fatigue. Zinc gets rid of white spots. Prevents iron from forming. Calcium keeps them secure. Vitamin A and C prevent fading and dryness. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.