Here at b-glowing we are total advocates for at-home manicures, but making sure your hard work lasts begins with your nail health.
1. Your Nail Bed
This is the canvas for your polish and lacquer, so it is important that it is smooth and strong. We love these Give Me Strength Supplements from Bliss because they help maintain your nail and hair integrity… and they taste amazing! These are especially important to use if you are a nail biter or are experiencing nail damage from previous nail enhancements. We also recommend a topical nail strengthener like butter LONDON’s Horse Power. Not only will this give you added shine between manicures, but your nails will be extra durable.
You’ve heard time and time again how important well-managed cuticles are. Managed cuticles not only boost the lifetime of your manicure, but taking care keeps your fingers feeling and looking better without cracked cuticles. Pushing your cuticles down allows a cleaner surface for your polish because when you paint on top of your cuticles, the polish will lift and pull away from your nail bed. You don’t want that! Also, cuticles that are left to overgrow can become irritated and cracked by weather conditions, and get snagged on a sweater or your hair. Ouch! We suggest using a gentle and effective cuticle remover like this one from Deborah Lippman. Don’t forget to keep a good cuticle oil on hand to make sure they stay moisturized, also from Deborah Lippmann this cuticle oil is all natural and smells like the tropics.
3. Your Hands
The skin around your nails, your perionychium to be exact, needs just as much care as the rest of your nail. Think of it as the frame to your manicure. Plus, keeping this area moisturized prevents painful hangnails and cracks in the skin. It’s always a good idea to have a rich hand moisturizer around or in your purse for when your hands are feeling dry, and we like Goldfadden MD’s Hands To Heart – Anti-Aging + Brightening Hand Treatment because it keeps your hands healthy and has anti-aging qualities. Just remember to remove any lotion/oils from nails prior to lacquer application, as the oils can prevent your polish from adhering.