Friday, May 17, 2013

My Nail & Cuticle Care Routine

Hi everyone!!  I receive so many emails with nail and cuticle care questions every week, so I thought it was high time I gave you the breakdown of my routine!!

Morning:
Every morning I apply Sally Hansen Diamond Strength cuticle oil.  (Believe it or not, this is one of my all time favorite cuticle oils.  I didn't realize how much I loved it until I ran out, and I noticed a decline in my nail and cuticle health.)  After I apply it, I lightly rub it across the nail and cuticle.  I then use my blow dryer on the lowest setting to help heat up the oil.  Once it is warm, I gently massage it into the cuticle.  The heat really helps your skin to absorb the oil.

I make sure to take my daily multi-vitamin and Biotin with breakfast every morning.  Your vitamin intake can have a major affect on your nail and cuticle health.  I take the additional Biotin to give my hair and nails a bit of a boost.



Mani Prep:
To prep for a new mani, I start with another light application of cuticle oil, massage it in, and then lightly push back my cuticles with my stainless steel cuticle tool.  If I notice any rough patches along the cuticle line, I apply a cuticle remover gel - Essie Disappearing Trick is what I'm using right now - and then I lightly run a sandstone cuticle stick along the cuticle edge to smooth it without causing damage.  No matter what, do not, I repeat, do not cut your cuticles - ever.  If needed, I will gently file the nail edge, using a slow sweeping motion, always in the same direction, with a glass nail file, which is less harmful to your nails than a metal file.  I then use a cotton pad with Zoya Remove+ to remove any traces of oil from my nails.
I do have ridges in some of my nails.  (I know, what a pain!!)  I know that there are specialized buffers to help remove your ridges.  Please don't use them.  These buffers are one of the top causes for weakening nails.  If your ridges are a problem, try a ridge filler instead.  I have been using Orly Ridge Filler for years, and I've always been very happy with it.



Night:
Every night before bed, I will apply Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.  If this is a product that you aren't using, buy it.  Buy it now.  My skin and cuticles feel amazing after I apply this, and they look amazing when I wake up in the morning.  I use this for my nightly treatment because it is a bit greasier feeling than other products.  You probably wouldn't want to take the chance on rubbing it on your clothing.  I also make sure to moisturize with a night cream as well.  Right now I'm using Ellen Sirot's Hand Perfection Rejuvenating Night Cream.



Outside the Home:
Even when I'm not at home, I'm concerned about my nail and cuticle health.  I always make sure to have a pot of The Nail Junkie's Cutie Balm with me.  I absolutely love this balm because of it's smooth and weightless finish.  My skin and cuticles really seem to drink this stuff up in a hurry, and that way I don't have to worry about having anything greasy or heavy on throughout my busy day out.  For away from home emergencies, I also keep a small nail kit with all of my essentials with me.  My Japonesque set is my go-to choice for this.



Additional Care:
I make sure to moisturize my hands at least twice per day.  I always choose a moisturizer with SPF to protect my skin from advanced aging.  Right now, I'm using Ellen Siorot's Hand Perfection Nourishing Day Cream. 

The seasonal changes can also have an affect on your nails as well.  If I notice any weakening, I stick with Nailtiques Formula 2.  After consistent use of Nailtiques, my nails feel strong enough to turn a screw into dry wall!!!

For emergency breaks, I always use Fing'rs Brush On Nail Glue.  This stuff is amazing!  I cracked a nail over a month ago, way up at the quick, applied this, and it's been going strong ever since!  It's almost grown out now!!

So there you have it!  This may seem like a lot to do, but once your nails and cuticles are healthy, you'll know it was worth the effort!!


19 comments:

  1. Wow! I tend to think I'm doing well if I remember to use my Cutie Balm before bedtime...

    Jess xo

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    1. I honestly didn't realize how much I did for my nails daily until i sat down and typed it all out. Once it became part of my daily routine, it just became second nature to me. In the beginning, I set up alarms on my phone to remind me to do certain things!!!

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  2. I've been thinking about getting a small kit to carry with me for those emergencies away from home.

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    1. I really recommend it! I'd much rather have something and not need it, than to need it and not have it! The world is designed to be a danger to our nails! LOL

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  3. Is Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream very different from Lush's Lemony Flutter?

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    1. Burt's Bee is much more reasonably priced, and much easier to tote around with you. I do like the Lemony Flutter, but it is more of a heavy cream whereas Burt's Bees is more of a balm. I did also notice that the smell of Lemony Butter changes after having it for a while and becomes a much sweeter smell, which I wasn't fond of. For my nails, I honestly prefer the Burt's Bees.

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    2. I'll give Burt's Bees a try, it sounds good!

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  4. Awesome routine! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. i am obsessed with my cuticle stone!

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  6. I have never seen the sandstone cuticle remover. I will definitely have to try it out!

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    1. It honestly changed my cuticles immediately! I could not believe the results from using it! I get mine from Sally's for just over a dollar each, in case you have trouble finding them. I promise you, it will be the best $1.50 you've ever spent!!

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  7. I'll look into that cuticle stone and maybe getting some brush on nailglue for breaks.. I am very lucky to not have breaks that often, but I am having a nasty one on my photo hand now and I am scared to death it'll tear before it is grown out enough to look good as a nubbin!

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  8. Great post! No wonder your nails are so perfect. They get lots of TLC. :)

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  10. Just a question I use cuticle oil hand cream after every wash shower etc... I also wear a good nail hardener strengthener etc... but 1 of my nails broke and my cuticles are peeling do you have any suggestions?

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