Sunday, 8 March 2015

My Current Nail Care Routine

Over the past few weeks, I have got quite a few mails asking me about my nail care routine. So, I thought it would be best to share a post with you guys here :)

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Most of you who have seen my previous NOTDs and nail polish swatches would know that I prefer keeping my nails short, more convenient for work with patients you see (except for when I have a long off, where I do grow them a little). I believe that just following a regular routine is good enough and one does not require expensive manicures all the time.
I work on patients and in the lab for over 8 hours everyday. I work with all sorts of materials like plaster and hot water and acrylic. I wash my hands 20 times a day and hand sanitizer every 10 minutes :D Yeah, so by the end of the day my hands look dried up and the cuticles are a mess. 

The last few minutes before I hit the bed is when I take some time out to take care of my digits and here's what I have been using for quite sometime now :

1) Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
I have been using this for over a year now and it is such a lifesaver. Cutting cuticles is very unhealthy and makes one prone to lots of infections. This is a clear gel which you leave on for 15-30 seconds and it dissolves all the dead skin which you can then easily remove. 
I use this once every 20 days and it really helps in maintaining a clean cuticle area. Love this stuff! (and need to review it soon :P) 

2) The Body Shop Nail Buffing Block
This is a recent addition to my kit. Apart from trimming and filing nails, sometimes I feel that a good buff does wonders to make your nails look all polished. Now, excess buffing does more harm than good. So this baby comes out only perhaps once a month. I have used nail buffers before (like Vega etc) but I finally got my hands on the TBS one and it is so much better! 

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3) Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
For the first few months of work, my cutilces were taking such a toll that I finally went ahead and invested in this tin. And I am so glad I did. I use this everyday and it just keeps everything in such a good shape. You can read the full review here

4) Hand Cream
A must must thing!! I apply it around 2 times a day. With the number of times I wash my hand, using a good hand cream is an absolute must. If you do not need to wash hands this freqently, then I would advise you to use a good hydrating one at night atleast. A good hand cream really helps a lot. Hand creams are generally more thicker and provide more hydration which helps. 
I totally forgot to click a photo of  mine (it was in my bag)...I do not a staple hand cream yet, as I like trying new ones. Currently I am using the Neutrogena one and one by Organic Surge (expect a review soon). I have used the Fabindia Lemon Hand Cream as well for a really long time and that works well as well. 

5) Secret Ingredient ;) ;)
Pssst....this one is the best tip I have to give which makes such a huge difference, it will leave you astonished. Trust me! 
Vit E capsules! Yes, they work like magic! Just take the capsule, puncture a small hole in it and squeeze out a drop on each nail bed. Massage the oil for a few minutes and leave it overnight. It does take sometime to get absorbed but your nails will thank you for doing this! 
Do it twice a week and see the difference it makes to your nails and cuticles! 
(A strip of Evion i.e 10 capsules cost around 17 INR and each capsule gives you around 3 times use ...in case you were wondering)

So, this is my usual nail routine. It is fairly simple and just following it regularly helps a lot in keeping the nails in a good shape. Do try and incorporate whatever you can, follow it for a few weeks and you will notice a good difference as well. 

I hope the post answered most of your questions, but if you have any more, do feel free to mail us or ask away in the comments below :)

Do you follow some nail care too? Share your routine with us! :)


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