How To Maintain Flawless Nails

by katie

For many people, nails are an obsession. I like to keep my nails looking good because it’s one of those things that people notice immediately and they can be one of the main places to show signs of aging. In this post, I’m going to show you my nail routine.

I typically do my own manicure once a week. I usually do this on a Friday so my nails look their best over the weekend. Honestly, it’s really the only time I can have them nice. Anyone feel my pain?
There are a few different steps that I take and a few different things so let’s get started with the exfoliating, shall we?

This little exfoliating scrub takes little time to prep and works well. 
You’ll need:
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice

 The sugar exfoliates and smooths the cuticles and nail, the olive oil moisturizes and the lemon juice gently bleaches the nails to remove stains. Apply this mixture to your hands and massage into nails for about 5 minutes. 
This is what my nails look like before I begin the process. They’re a little stained and…well…ugly.
After applying the mixture, wash your hands well. No one likes greasy mitts. 🙂
You’ll need to gather your manicure items next. I use a four-sided file, a regular nail file, a clear nail strengthener polish and a cuticle and nail lotion.
1. This is what the four-sided nail file looks like. It’s not the brand I use, but this is definitely similar. These are sold almost anywhere and at any drug store.
2. This is my favorite nail strengthener polish. It’s Hard as Nails by Sally Hansen and I recommend the clear compared to their tinted kind because it will not make your nails look dirty when the polish begins to fade. You can find this at any store that carries Sally Hansen products.

3. Of all the hand lotions I’ve ever used, this one by O.P.I. is by far the best one! It’s definitely a splurge at $11 for just 4 oz. but it has an incredible scent and leaves my hands less greasy than other brands. My cuticles are super soft, too. I found this gem at Amazon and think it’s the best place to find a deal.

So after filing, shaping and painting my nails, my nails are brighter, whiter and prettier! (Or at least better than they were before!)
Here’s some great nail tips when doing your own manicure:
1. When buffing your nails, do so in an up and down motion rather than side to side.
2. For stronger nails, get at least 30 minutes of cardio 3 days out of the week. Whether it’s walking or running, cardio increases blood flow and it helps with stronger, healthier nail growth.
3. Try to stay away from the darker nail polishes that can gradually stain nails over a period of time.
4. Keep healthy toe nails by saving those heels for special occasions. Stuffing your tootsies into those gorgeous pumps can cause your nails to be come thicker…(eew) and can cause blisters that aren’t very visually appealing, right?
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Sagan October 4, 2015 - 2:24 pm

Great tip – you can really see such a difference!

Elizabeth (Plant Based Bride) October 7, 2015 - 1:22 am

Nice tips, Kate! I should spend more time on my nails but I just never make them a priority. You've inspired me to give myself a manicure this week! #showandtell

Abby October 7, 2015 - 5:32 pm

I desperately need these tips. I'm really hard on my nails, so they're not very attractive. I'm going to implement some of your tips and see how it goes!

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My Cozy Corner October 12, 2015 - 6:05 am

Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop

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Amber Harrop October 12, 2015 - 11:09 pm

I need this advice badly – Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

Donna Wirthlin October 13, 2015 - 4:14 am

Great article! And it was featured this week at our link party!
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