nail care

on Mar 11, 2010 @ 09:25 am

I am wanting to start taking better care of my nails. Besides a file, what else would I need to do this. Right now I just clip my nails and file them a bit. I am not interested in applying polish or anything like that, but would love to have nicely shaped shiny nails. Any help would be appreciated.

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cuticle care on Mar 11, 2010 @ 09:45 am

Taking care of your cuticles will help your nails grow strong and more evenly, plus the obvious benefit of having moisturized cuticles instead of raggedy edges just begging to be gnawed off.

We love Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream!

thank you on Mar 11, 2010 @ 10:03 am

Trying not to sould too dumb, how do you take care of your cuticles? Or how can I find out about doing it and what is needed to give me the best looking nails. trust me, I have been down the raggedy nails trail before and I want my nails to be much prettier now.

try cuticle cream or oil on Mar 11, 2010 @ 10:51 am

I use a cuticle oil which you can usually find in the nail care aisle right next to the polish in any drugstore. I apply it in the morning (sparingly as it is an oil) and at night rub it into my cuticles and then apply hand lotion/cream.

You also may want to look into buffing your nails-you could go to a salon first so they could show you how to do it or maybe buy a 4-way buffer (also in nail care aisle) and give it a go yourself. This will help your nails look shiny without polish!

Also, you may want to think about changing your diet....sometimes you may be lacking a certain vitamin/mineral that may be causing your nails, cuticles, skin, hair, body to not look/function as well as it should

Hope this helps!

Thank you Ladies on Mar 11, 2010 @ 11:26 am

I really do appreciate your suggestions and advice. I look forward to having and being very proud of my pretty new nails. I can't wait.

cuticle "how to" and "how not to" on Mar 11, 2010 @ 11:49 am

SissySpouse - cuticle creams and oils are very simple to use: just apply directly to your cuticle and nail bed area and massage in. That's it! To ensure best results, wear household gloves when washing dishes, cleaning house, etc. I apply hand lotion and/or cuticle cream after most handwashing when my cuticles are in rough shape, but once they are doing better, you can probably get away with nightly use only.

What you should not do: trim your cuticles. I'm a hypocrite - I just trimmed a tiny bit earlier today :( I just couldn't help myself. Cuticles are an important part of nail health and cutting them back allows easier access for dirt and whatnot to get in there, causing uneven nail growth, dryness/brittleness, and maybe even fungal infections. You should also be careful about buffing the nail bed. I have used the 4-way buffers and they are wonderful for creating smooth nails without polish. But if you go overboard, you will actually create weaker nails (think about it - you are sanding them down, therefore making them thinner).

So it's pretty easy really. Yes to moisturizing, no to trimming.

Thank you once again. on Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

This is fantastic info. My wife has been having me wash the dishes, do most of the housework and hand washing our panties, so knowing this information will be wonderful for me. My wife told me to find out on my own about how to properly care for me nails and make them pretty, so your advise is a life saver. Much better to find out from ladies who are actually doing it rather then some site trying to sell products. It seems like moisturizing is the key to good nails. And then I guess buffing to make the shiny and pretty looking.

Great advice... on Mar 12, 2010 @ 11:39 am

I agree, cuticle care is the key to healthy nails.

Lately I have been making my own scrub ... about a teaspoon of granulated sugar and a dash of olive oil helps to scrub away dryness on your hands, and the olive oil is THE best moisturizer around. Once you're done, rinse with lukewarm water, and apply lotion and cuticle balm to your hands. Your hands will look gorgeous and healthy after, I promise!

Thank you on Mar 12, 2010 @ 02:05 pm

Thank you Curlysue and the rest of you ladies for your great advice. I know it will help me a lot. And thank you all for not thinking this was too weird of a question for a guy to be wanting to know how to have pretty finger nails. Luv you all.

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