Achieving healthy, shiny nails without the aid of harsh polish is easy to do yourself. You do not need to spend money on expensive salon manicures; just follow these basic guidelines and you'll have beautiful nails in no time.
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Things you need
- Acetone-free polish remover
- Block file / buffer
- Vitamin E capsules
Eat right. To develop and maintain healthy nails, you must eat a well balanced diet. In fact, your nails are a telltale sign if you are getting adequate nutrition or not. Your diet should include raw fruits and vegetables and plenty of water each day. Raw fruits and vegetables are concentrated with vitamins A, B and C, as well as zinc, which all play a part in healthy nails.
Remove old polish. If you polish your nails with colour, be sure to use an acetone-free polish remover. Acetone is a chemical that strips natural oils from your nails and leaves nails and cuticles dry and vulnerable to damage.
Buff. Use a block to buff your nails. Using the buffer on the top of your nails will stimulate circulation in the nail bed and leave your nails with a natural shine.
File. Use a block when filing your nails as well. The block is easier to grasp and is not as flimsy as an emery board. File your nails at a 45-degree angle and in a side-to-side direction. Filing in this manner will avoid creating jagged edges on your nails.
Massage. Massage your nails and cuticles with vitamin E oil, a vitamin that comes in capsules. Break a capsule of vitamin E oil and gently massage the oil into your nails. To break the capsule with the least amount of mess, just puncture it in one location with a needle or straight pin. Do this each time you manicure your nails.