The following home-care routine will ensure your manicure will last well and keep your nails looking their best and in good condition.
- Rinse hands thoroughly with lukewarm water and dry them with a soft towel. Skin creases which are left wet can crack and become sore.
- Use hand cream or lotion after washing to lubricate and soften the skin.
- The health and strength of nails depends on a good supply of protein and also, iron, calcium, potassium, Vitamin B and iodine. A well-balanced diet contains all the nutrients essential for good health – and for your nails and hands.
- Use an emery board on a rough edge or split nails. Metal files should be avoided as they create heat in the nails which dries out the natural moisture and weakens them
- Buff the nails to a healthy pink shine before going to bed. This stimulates the supply of blood to the nails.
- Wear household gloves for wet jobs and any activities involving the use of chemicals, or apply barrier cream beforehand.
- Wear a barrier cream and gloves when going out in the cold. Use a richer hand cream during the winter months.
- Massage the hands each evening with a good quality hand cream before going to bed.
- Rub cuticle cream into the nails and cuticles at bedtime to keep them soft and pliable.
- Always apply a base coat under nail enamel to protect the nails and prevent them becoming stained.
- Avoid using nail enamel remover too often.