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.