Hi everyone! Hope you all are having a great day. The weather in Tokyo is awesome these days, well it usually is. Just back from a hot and humid Singapore 🙂 Have been too lazy to post anything but better late than never.
So I decided to share my nail care routine, it's a very basic one which I follow with stuff that is easily available to me, you can always use products that are available to you. There is absolutely no need to go and look for the exact same products, just look for the functions they perform and substitute your liking of brands or products. I really hope you all will enjoy going through this routine.
So I have divided this post in two parts, the first will be the prepping and manicure part and the second will be few points for taking care of nails after the manicure in everyday life.
Let's get started with the stuff that I use:
- Nail paint remover (I used: KATE nail color remover)
- Hand and nail cream (I used: White Musk Hand and Nail Moisturising Cream by The Body Shop)
- Nail buffer and file
- Orange sticks
- Nail clipper
- Cuticle pusher
- Callus remover/shave in case you have dried skin around your nails
- Some cotton swabs and q-tips
- Nail brush (or any spare toothbrush)
- Cuticle treatment oil
- Lukewarm water (you can use either a bowl or directly from the tap)
- Cuticle remover/cutter
You can stop here in case you just want to treat your nails and not paint them further, but if you do want to have them painted, grab a few more things:
- Nail strengthener (optional; I used: Revlon Nail Strengthener)
- Base coat (I used: CANMAKE Base Coat)
- Nail paint of your choice
- Top coat (I used: CANMAKE Gel Volume Top Coat)
How I do it:
My nail care routine starts by taking off any nail paint that's on my nails, in the picture above I have a coat or two of base coat on my nails. Just have a few drops of nail paint remover on the cotton swabs and remove everything off of your nails. Clip off your nails in case you feel they are too long for your liking and file them in your desired shape. I clipped mine a little and shaped them in slightly square shape. Buff your nails, so that any unevenness in the surface is taken care of. This is a very important step as it retains the smoothness of the nail which later enhances any nail paint we apply, giving it a salon-like look. Grab your nail brush and clean anything that might have settled under your nail in the buffing and filing process. By this time, you will see your nails look very dry and lifeless. Apply a generous amount of nail cream on all your nails to return back the moisture in them (you can use a regular moisturizer in case you do not have a hand & nail cream). Let it be there for 2-3 minutes. Place your hands under a tap of lukewarm water and clean them off the moisturizer.
Now apply the cuticle treatment oil on the cuticle of your nails and push them in the opposite direction of your nail growth with the help of a cuticle pusher. The cuticle treatment oil softens the cuticle so that they are easy to deal with, I strongly recommend owning one but in case it is not easily available to you, you can skip it and follow the cleaning of moisturizer by cuticle pushing using a cuticle pusher. In case you have extra dead cuticle you can use a cuticle cutter to get rid of it, but be very gentle as the skin around our nails is very delicate and you might hurt yourself in case you are harsh. Once this cuticle removing is done, have some more of nail paint remover on a cotton swab and clean your nails. We do this as dealing with moisturizer and cuticle oil can leave moisture or oils on the surface of your nails, which if not removed properly will hinder the application of nail paint.
You can stop at this point and give your manicure a wrap, but in case you want to apply a nail paint then coat your nails with a base coat (base coat is a really important part of nail care as it prevents your nails from staining by your nail paint pigments, which may lead in yellowing of the nails). I also use a nail strengthener at times (not always) when I feel my nails are too brittle and lack strength before the base coat. Wait for it to dry and apply the nail paint of your choice and seal everything with a top coat. Make sure to seal the ends of your nails with the top coat so that the nail paint does not chip off easily and stays for long. Let it dry completely, refrain from indulging in any activity that might ruin your nail paint. I usually grab a book or a magazine at this time; while I am reading my nails are drying 🙂 You can also use a quick dry top coat in case you are in some hurry. And your manicure is done!! 🙂
NAIL CARE TIPS FOR EVERYDAY:
- Never treat your nails like tools, I used to do it, e.g., a screw is loose, you think, ah! I have huge nails, I don't need a screwdriver...:p
- Clean under your nails everyday, just like your skin, nails need cleaning as well, don't forget you use your hands to eat and what not...
- If you are a home-maker and do majority of chores on your own, always wear gloves. I never do my dishes or kitchen cleaning without my rubber gloves on. For the house cleaning, in which I deal more with dust than with water or chemicals, I use my microfiber gloves.
- Pamper your nails with an elaborate manicure once a week.
- Have a gap of a day or two in between the application of a new nail paint. Your nails need to breathe as well.
- Now this is a no brainer, but still I want to share, do not bite your nails, it is unhealthy for you as well as for your nails.
- Every time your nails come in contact with harsh chemicals or extremely hot or cold water, or in general you do your hand wash, follow it with a hand cream or a regular moisturizer to retain the moisture of your hands. If you go to office, add a travel-sized hand cream in your bag, if you don't, try keeping one near your sink where you wash your hands most of the time. This will help you in becoming habitual.
I really hope you all enjoyed reading this post as much as I did writing this. What is your nail care regime? Do share in the comments below, I would love to know what you follow.
Thanks for stopping by and reading!
*I am not a professional skin-care/nail-care expert. This is my personal routine. The opinions expressed here are my own and the result of what I follow.