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 :)
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!
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! :)