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7 tips for taking care of those nails.

You see a semi-cute guy from across the room and your head immediately goes through your checklist of first impressions. Clothes, not too stylish but fit well enough. Hair, they fall nicely into place. Smile, a half one that keeps you interested. You look at his hands and squint to zero in on his nails. They have to be clean. There’s just something about clean nails that make a guy look clean overall. What if the tables turned and first impressions of you are also based on the same checklist. How would you fare? Your clothes are impeccable, your hair is a flip away from perfection, your smile says sexy without even trying, and your nails? They’re alright. Look a little closer. They can’t just be alright. They have to be clean and healthy, too.

  1. Keep them clean and dry

Keeping your fingernails dry prevents bacteria from growing under them. Keeping them soaked in water for extended periods can also lead to split fingernails. Since your hands are two of the most hardworking parts of your body, make sure to protect your nails when doing chores that keep them in prolonged contact with water, or worse, harsh chemicals like cleaning products. Grab some gloves before getting down and dirty with the dishes or the laundry.

  1. Don’t work them too hard

Just because your nails are tough doesn’t give you a reason to use them as tools. Don’t open that soda can with your fingernails. It’ll only be a matter of time before they break from the pressure.

  1. No biting

Just because your nails are tough doesn’t give you a reason to use them as tools. Don’t open that soda can with your fingernails. It’ll only be a matter of time before they break from the pressure.

  1. Leave your cuticles alone

It’s tempting to push and just peel those cuticles away. Don’t. They’re actually there to protect your nail bed. Plus, the skin around your cuticles are very sensitive. It’s very easy to tear them. Ouch.

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  1. Use only clean tools

Basic hygiene rules. There’s always a possibility of cutting yourself when trimming your nails. If your tools aren’t clean, a cut can leave you vulnerable for infections or more serious health risks. It’s always good to use your own nail care tools, pretty much like a toothbrush. If you go to your salon to get your nails done, make sure the tools they use are sterilized and cleaned.

  1. Moisturize

Make it a habit to apply lotion to your hands more times than you do to the rest of your body. You use your hands a lot and wash it multiple times throughout the day. This can cause the skin on your hands to dry out and your nails to weaken as well. Keep a tube lotion in your purse like Dermatologica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment. It’s non-greasy yet conditions and moisturizes hand and nails, repairing cuticle and skin damage.

Try Dermatologica Skin Prep Scrub that uses natural corncob to exfoliate dull skin surface without overstimulation.

  1. Protect

Coat your nails with a protective layer before any color application. Try OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, which works two ways. This high performance base coat keeps your nails stain-free even from the darkest nail polish shades while it makes the polish color chip resistant, lasting longer.

Try OPI Natural Nail Base Coat that keeps your nails stain-free.

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