Saturday, February 6, 2010

Get Beautiful Nails at Home

If you want your hands to look younger, give yourself a manicure! Here are four common mistakes and the smart fixes to protect your nails.

Don’t file nails back and forth. The sawing motion weakens your nails and can cause them to split. File in the same direction with a soft emery board. To help prevent your nails from breaking, keep them short and square with a slightly rounded edge.

Don’t use acetone-based polish remover. This strips away the moisture and natural oils that will keep your nails flexible. (An example is Cutex Quick & Gentle Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover.)

Don’t cut your cuticles. Your cuticles act as a barrier against infection-causing bacteria. Instead, soak your nails in warm water to soften your cuticles and then push them back with an orange stick. (That is the only part of a professional manicure I have never liked--cutting my cuticles.)

Don’t paint your nails with old polish. Most polishes formulated before 2007 contain dibutyl phthalate, a chemical shown to cause birth defects in rodents. Buy a new polish that’s phthalate free like one from OPI, Avon or Sally Hansen.

Here’s a little nail trivia—did you know it takes 8 months for nails to grow an inch?

Don't you love the names of nail polish? What's your favorite color's name? I like this one..."Mystic Peacock"!

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1 comment:

Darcel said...

Stopping in from SITS!

I love doing my own nails at home. This is a great post, thanks for sharing it.


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