Tuesday, July 5, 2011

BEAUTY TIP: Healthy Nails

Take a close look at your nails. Are they strong and healthy looking? You must know how important it is to have healthy nails. In fact, the color of your nails is an indicator of your general health! I've been receiving a lot of compliments on my nails and would like to share some tips that are a part of my weekly beauty regimen. Use these beauty tips to ensure healthy, attractive-looking nails--from home!

• Healthy nails are transparent and have a pink tonality.

• If you use nail polish on a regular basis then, remove it for a day or two every week, in order to let your nails breath. This is an important step.

• Add a nice shine to your nails by massaging coconut oil or warm castor oil on to them.

• I dip a cotton-tipped swab in hydrogen peroxide to clean under my nails to make them whiter.

• To keep your nails hydrated, rub a small amount of petroleum jelly into your cuticle and the skin surrounding your nails every evening before you go to bed or whenever your nails feel dry. Keep a jar in your purse, desk drawer, car — anywhere you might need it. If you're not a fan of petroleum jelly? Substitute with castor oil. It’s thick and contains vitamin E, which is great for your cuticles. Or head to your kitchen cupboard and grab the olive oil — it also works to moisturize your nails.

• When pushing back your cuticles (it is not necessary to cut them) come in at a 45-degree angle and be very gentle. Otherwise the cuticle will become damaged, weakening the entire nail, says Mariana Diaconescu, manicurist at the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City.

• File your nails correctly. To keep your nails at their strongest, avoid filing in a back-and-forth motion — only go in one direction. And never file just after you’ve gotten out of a shower or bath — wet nails break more easily.

• Before giving yourself a manicure dip your nails in a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of lemon juice.

• Stretch out the beauty of a manicure by applying a fresh top coat every day, says Susie Galvez, owner of Face Works Day Spa in Richmond, Virginia, and author of Hello Beautiful: 365 Ways to Be Even More Beautiful.

• Add a glass of milk and a hard-boiled egg to your daily diet. Rich in zinc---it does wonders for your nails, especially if your nails are spotted with white, a sign of low zinc intake.

• Massage your nails to keep them extra strong and shiny. Nail buffing increases blood supply to the nail, which stimulates the matrix of the nail to grow.

• Polish your nails, even if it’s just with a clear coat. It protects your nails, says manicurist Diaconescu. If you prefer color, use a base coat, two thin coats of color, and a top coat. Color should last at least seven days but should be removed after 10 days.

• Avoid polish removers with acetone or formaldehyde. They’re terribly drying to nails, says Andrea Lynn Cambio, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. Use acetate-based removers instead

I hope you enjoy these tips ! You don't have to spend $25-$40.00 bucks a week to have great nails! Put it in the bank!!

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