How to Look After Your Nails Post-Manicure
Updated: Mar 3
KYOU Beauty Salon located just 5 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip on Spring Mountain Road is dedicated to keeping our customers, potential customers and beauty enthusiasts up-to-date and informed on a variety of topics related to beauty care. This particular topic discusses "How to Look After Your Nails Post-Manicure."
We all know how good it feels to get a manicure, it can help us to feel put together and fresh. Manicures can last between 24 hours to two weeks, however, if you look after your nails and keep them in top condition, they can last longer. Plus, it’s even more TLC for your hands and nails, what more could you want?
KYOU Beauty Salon has curated some tips to help you to get the most out of your manicure.
Cuticle Oil is Your Best Friend!
Cuticle oil can be made from vegetable oils, citric acid and various vitamins. It can also include jojoba oil and flaxseed oil. Cuticle oil is a thin consistency to allow it to absorb easily into the skin.
Without it, your nails can become brittle, dull and chapped. It is important to use cuticle oil in order to keep your nails nourished and hydrated. It improves not only the appearance of your nails but the circulation around your nails in order to promote healthy nail growth and stimulation. Cuticle oil can furthermore protect any polish or gel on your nails to help with its longevity.
We recommend using cuticle oil every day. To use, simply squeeze a few drops either directly onto the cuticle or first onto a cotton pad to dab. Then, massage it around the cuticle until it feels absorbed.
Avoid Picking at Your Nails
For some of us, picking our nails can be a bad habit, subconscious or not. It can be easy to start picking or pulling polish off while your mind wanders, especially if you are feeling anxious. However, we advise to resist the temptation to pick as this can leave your manicure looking uneven.
Also, if the polish is not removed in the correct method, it can damage your natural nail. It can be left thin, flaky and weak.
Try Not to Cut or File Your Manicure
For those who are new to gel or shellac manicures, it can be hard to get out of the habit of cutting and filing your nails. It seems like such a natural, important step in nail care. However, cutting and filing your nails can actually cause way more harm than good. Cutting the nail will break the seal at the top of the nail and therefore make your gel manicure way more prone to chipping and peeling.
Similarly, filing your manicure can also damage this seal. If you are in desperate need of filing due to a snag or jagged tip, take care to file your nail in a gentle, downwards direction. Avoid buffing altogether as this will mess with the texture of the polish.
Wear Gloves for Household Chores
This is in no way essential, however if you are trying to maintain your manicure for as long as possible, you can wear gloves when doing more hands-on jobs such as gardening and washing up. This will keep the manicure protected.
Avoid Solvent Products
Solvents are liquids that have a dissolving property. Naturally, this can dissolve your manicure if exposed to it. Solvents can be found in some beauty products, tanning products and also insect repellent. Examples include Clinique Rinse-off Eye Makeup Remover and Deet Insect Repellent.
Don't Use Your Nails in Place of Tools
Some of us may be guilty of trying to pry a lid open with our longer manicured nails or using them to scratch something. While this may get the job done, there are plenty of objects or tools to use in place of your manicured nails that won’t cause any damage. This poses a high risk of snagging, chipping or even breakage. We don’t want you to hurt yourself in the process!
Try Not to Tap Directly with Your Nails
Living in a digital age, we are constantly tied to our laptops and phones. Tapping away all day on keyboards can be very repetitive. Make sure to try to tap with your fingertip rather than with the manicure nail as this can chip the nails and even cause trauma to your nails especially with long nails.
Don't Overuse Antibacterial Gel or Sanitizers
With alcohol as a main ingredient, antibacterial gel or sanitizers are notorious for drying out skin and cuticles. Over washing can lead to parched skin and can also make the manicure topcoat appear dull.
Here, at KYOU Beauty Salon in Las Vegas, NV, we work hard to offer you the best manicure and pedicure services, so you look and feel your best. If you are ready for the best-looking nails, give us a call at 702-998-8088 or request an appointment through this Book Online Link.
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