The Nail Care Routine You Need for Extra Beautiful Hands

Mariam Youssef
7/27/22, 1:00 PM

Unlike what many people think, nail care is as important as taking showers and washing your hair. Having dry or brittle nails can affect your self-confidence, while taking good care of them can make you feel nice and good about yourself. But how can you take care of your nails properly? We’ll answer this question and more in this article, so keep reading to find out more about the ultimate nail care routine for beautiful hands.

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Nail Care Routine

Clean hands and nails with warm water and soap

While this may seem obvious and understandable, you may not be doing it the right way. For starters, you need soap to gently penetrate your nails to clean any built-up bacteria or dirt. Do this every day to ensure that your hands and nails are clean and beautiful. However, you need to deep clean your nails once a week by soaking them in warm water and moisturizing soap. Then, use a nail brush to clean underneath your nails. You want to do this delicately so you don’t injure yourself and expose your nails to infections.

Dry your nails afterwards

After you’re done cleaning your nails, make sure you dry them out using a soft towel. You may want to specify a towel for your hands alone. Drying your hands is mandatory to prevent bacteria from forming under the nails.

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Trim and File

As soon as you get out of the shower or after soaking your nails in warm water, trimming them while they’re soft is so much easier. How often you should trim your nails depends on how fast they grow and the length you desire them to be. The more often you trim your nails, the stronger they’ll grow out to be. Next, you need to file your nails using a soft file to smooth them out. It is recommended though that you shouldn’t file your nails right after the shower as this may weaken them.

Use a buffing stick

Buffing may be the last thing you consider when taking care of your nails. However, this smooth, soft tool is enough to make your nails look shiny and glossy, which elevates the look of bare nails. Invest in a buffing stick and use it before your regular mani (which should be once a month or once every two months) to smooth out the ridges and help your nail polish stay longer.

Hand lotion or cream

Moisturizing isn’t only meant for your face and body; it is an essential step in nail care to keep your hands soft. Whenever you apply hand lotion or cream to your hands, make sure you moisturize your fingernails and cuticles too so they can benefit and improve nail health.

Moisturize your cuticles

After moisturizing your hands and fingernails, use cuticle oil to strengthen your nails and push back your cuticles. Rub a small amount of oil around your nails or dip them in a bowl that contains cuticle oil for a few minutes then wipe your hands with a cotton pad.

Try nail hardeners

As the name suggests, nail hardeners strengthen your nails. They’re easy to find, especially at drug stores. Moreover, avoid excessive use of nail polishes and removers as they can be damaging in the long run. It is best to look for acetone-free polish removers.

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General Nail Care Advice

Maintain a healthy diet

A healthy, well-balanced diet can help improve your nail health greatly. Needless to say, a well-balanced diet has several benefits that affect almost every body part. Nonetheless, you should include proteins, zinc, omega 3, and fatty acids to keep your nails robust and in good shape.

Avoid biting your nails

Whether this is a bad habit you cannot stop or something you do to relieve stress, try to get rid of it as hard as you can. Biting your nails will not only make your nails look weak and not cared for, but will also be a source of bacteria that can lead to infections. Moreover, stop using your nails for purposes they’re not meant for, such as getting the cover of the remote control off, picking old nail polish instead of using a polish remover, or scraping them using metal cuticle pushers.

Wear gloves when doing household chores

Whenever you’re cleaning, washing the dishes, or gardening, make sure you always put gloves on. This will protect your hands and nails from dirt and harsh chemicals found in most cleaning products. Choose a sturdy pair of gloves to ensure maximum protection.

Finally, nail care should be a part of your daily routine. We understand that this habit takes time to develop, but the results are going to be amazing. Don't forget to give your nails time to breathe by keeping them product-free. Enjoy a manicure at least once a month to keep your hands and nails beautiful.



Mariam Youssef

Growing up, I've always wanted to become so many things: a fashion designer, painter, singer, actress, and anything that revolves around art. It wasn't until I watched "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" t...

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