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Keeping Your Nails Healthy & Happy After a Manicure

Just a few simple habits can make a big difference in how your nails look and feel well after your manicure.

Taking care of your nails after a manicure doesn't have to be an elaborate ritual, and it shouldn't feel like a chore. Think of it as a way to treat yourself well and protect your investment in yourself.

Here are some easy-to-follow tips for maintaining healthy, good-looking nails.

Be Easy on Your Nails

First off, your nails aren't tools. Avoid using them to open packages or scratch off labels. This kind of rough treatment can lead to chips and breaks.

Remember, being gentle with your nails is key to keeping them in good shape!

Protect Your Nails During Chores

Household chores? More like nail hazards.

Doing household chores can expose your nails to water and harsh chemicals, which really isn't great for them. When you're cleaning or doing dishes, wear gloves. This simple step keeps your nails protected, and let's be honest, wearing gloves can also make you feel a bit more stylish while tackling those mundane tasks.

Keep Them Moisturized

Dry hands and cuticles? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Using hand cream or cuticle oil regularly can make a big difference. Think of it as a mini spa treatment that keeps your nails looking and feeling great. There are many products offered at Elements, and we would be happy to help find a moisturizer that works for you.

Watch Out for Too Much Water

Did you know that water exposure is like kryptonite for nails?

It’s true. Too much water exposure can weaken your nails, making them more prone to breaking. Try to limit long baths or swimming sessions. If you can't avoid being in water for a while, consider wearing protective gloves.

Stay on Top of Touch-Ups

As your nails grow, you'll start to see a gap at the base of your nail polish.

Keep your nails looking fresh by scheduling regular touch-up appointments. It's a small effort that keeps your nails looking their best.

Cuticles Need Care Too

Say it with us: no cutting, just pushing.

Cutting your cuticles can lead to irritation or infection. Instead, gently push them back after a bath or shower when they're soft. Taking care of your cuticles helps keep your nail beds healthy and looking good.

Don't Forget About Diet

What you eat affects your nails too. A diet rich in vitamins and minerals supports nail strength and growth. Make sure you're getting plenty of fruits, veggies, and lean proteins to feed your nails from the inside out.

Also Worth Considering

While we're focusing on nails, don't forget about other aspects of self-care like taking care of your brows and lashes or giving your toes some TLC.

Each part of your self-care routine contributes to how you feel overall. So take the time to look after yourself – you deserve it!

And remember, if you ever need more advice or professional care for your nails, don't hesitate to reach out for help.

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