I wish I could say that I’m really big on getting my nails done, but I’m not. I remember changing my nail polish everyday when I was in middle school. I think I painted my nails enough then to last me a lifetime. Now I tend to do simple basics to keep my hands soft and pretty without any fuss.
While doing a DSW commercial a few years ago, the nail stylist told me that I should never cut my cuticles. Instead he showed me how to buff my cuticles. It still took me some time to make it part of my regimen. There would be times I’d let my hands go for so long, then feel awful, so I’d head straight for the nail salon. My cuticles looked so bad, it was insisted that I let the salon expert cut them to a clean look. A week later they were jagged and fraying all over again. I believe that healthy cuticles make or break the look of beautiful nails.
My Simple Manicure Steps:
1. Buff your nails and especially your cuticles with a buffing block. You”ll be surprised that once you make buffing your cuticles a habit they will always look amazing. Now shape your nails as you desire.
2. Soak your nails and cuticles in warm water with vegetable glycerin or honey. I usually use about 1-2 tablespoons of glycerin or honey to 1 cup of water.
3. Gently push cuticle pack with a cuticle pusher.
4. Exfoliate hands with a bit of baking soda, liquid soap, and glycerin, then rinse. I mix these ingredients together by eye. Just a bit of each.
5. Massage your nails and cuticles with olive oil or my DIY Healing Face Body & Hair Oil which works wonders for dry hands and cuticles.
6. After allowing the natural oils to soak in, use a natural nail polish remover, like NO Miss Nail Polish Remover, to clean the nails so they are prepped to be painted with your favorite nail polish. I sometimes, okay most of the time, skip painting my nails all together. Yet my favorite polish right now is American Apparel Nail Lacquer in #42017 pictured above.
You can also try No Miss, Honey Bee Gardens, and Zoya nail polish which are all formaldehyde free. Even better try water based nail polishes by Acquarella and Scotch which are all natural and non-toxic. (Some natural nail polishes surprisingly had aluminum powder and are no longer listed even though they did not contain formaldehyde, DBP and toluene.) Read Formaldehyde What? and Green Beauty Is The Best Beauty to learn more about why non toxic nail polish and other beauty products are so important.
(Image by American Apparel)