Get Beautiful Nails At Home
A manicure is the fastest way to give hands a youth boost. Luckily, getting a professionally pampered look doesn't require a lot of time or cash, says Elisa Ferri, a celebrity manicurist based in New York City. The key: having the right how to info at hand to safeguard nails and guarantee great results for your own home manicure.
Here, four tips for common mistakes and smart fixes to protect nails from breakage, bacteria, and more—and to keep your fingers healthy and looking good.
Mistake: You file back and forth.
The sawing motion weakens nails, causing them to split.
Healthier habit: File in one direction with a soft emery board. To prevent breakage, keep nails short and square with slightly rounded edges.
Mistake: You use acetone based polish remover.
The solvent strips away the moisture and natural oils that keep nails flexible.
Healthier habit: Switch to a gentler acetone free formula like Barielle Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover (; barielle.com) or Cutex Quick & Gentle Non Acetone Nail Polish Remover (; drugstores).
Mistake: You cut cuticles.
This skin acts as a barrier against infection causing bacteria.
Healthier habit: Soak nails in warm water to soften cuticles and push them back with an orange stick. Use a cuticle nipper to snip away pieces of dry skin (hangnails).
Mistake: You paint nails with last year's polish.
Most lacquers formulated before 2007 contain dibutyl phthalate, a chemical shown to cause birth defects in rodents.
Healthier habit: Buy a new polish that's phthalate free, like one from OPI, Avon, or Sally Hansen.
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