4 August 2012

How I look after my nails


A picture of Hand and Nail Care Products
A couple of nights ago I posted a photo of my nails on Instagram. It got a fair few compliments on both there and Twitter so I asked if people would like to see a post on how I get my nails the way they are, naturally. There was a resounding yes to this suggestion, so here it is! This past week I have let my nails breathe, stripping both my nails and toenails of polish and giving them chance to recover from the abuse of constant nail polish. I think it's important to go au naturel every now and then! 

A picture of naturally long nails

There are lots of things I do to keep my nails nice and healthy, but first I want to tell you why my nails and looking after them are so important. As a child and in my very early teens, I used to bite my nails. I used to bite them so much, and so excessively, that they would bleed and sometimes this would lead to infection. It was never a pretty sight. I used to be so bad for it that my mother took me to the doctors and the GP had a chat with me. What stopped me doing this, was a little fact my GP told me. 

Did you know, the dirt and germs under your fingernails, equals more than the dirt and germs on a toilet seat? I think that's enough to put absolutely anyone off of biting their nails, don't you?

So what do I do to get my nails looking the way I do?

A picture of Hand and Nail Care Products
Day time
During the day I am constantly applying Lemony Flutter from Lush (I have reviewed this, which you can read here) and a hand cream. The current day hand cream I use is You Soft Touch from Dirty Works (also reviewed, read here) I think applying a good hand cream and cuticle butter (or oil, depending on your preference) throughout the day can do your hands and nails the World of good. It takes no time at all, your hands are left soft, you smell lovely and it's a little pampering treat throughout the day. Where can you go wrong? I use these at least 4-5 throughout the day! 

A picture of Hand and Nail Care Products
At night
At night before bed I repeat the same process, but this time I use Burt's Bees lemon cuticle creme and LaSource hand therapy cream, as this is a thicker, more nourishing hand cream. I also apply the cuticle creme to my toenails as well as a foot cream. 

A picture of Hand and Nail Care Products
And all the rest
I think it's important to file your nails on a regular basis. I file mine every time I take my nail polish off, before applying more. I also use a buffer to buff and shine my nails, but I do this less often and more so just when I feel my nails need it. I also use two Avon polishes which are from the Nail Experts range. I always, always apply 24k Gold Strength before applying any nail polish, and when I am letting my nails have a break I also sporadically apply Strong Results from the same range.

So there you have it - I don't do anything amazing or out of the ordinary, but I do look after my hands and nails on a daily basis. I adore my nails. I've had acrylic nails and gel nails, as well as being trained in both, but I just prefer my natural nails. I've seen the damage constant falsies can do and I don't think it's worth the damage nor the cost, when you can buy a few essentials and spend some time really pampering your own nails. 

Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping your natural nails looking lovely? If so I'd love to hear them! 
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55 comments

  1. Love this post :) As a nail biter myself, id love to stop and grow my own nails, Iv been having acrylics for nearly a year now and wish I could grow my own xx

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  2. Your nails are perfect Sophia! I love this post as I have very weak brittle nails that peel when past a certain length, so this has come in handy and given me a few tips to get my nails back up to scratch :) xxxx

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  3. this is a great post! i used to bite my nails throughout my childhood but somehow stopped over the past year and im so proud of myself hehe! my nails arent very strong though so this post is really helpful - your natural nails look lovely, thats what im aiming for! :)
    nicola xxx
    itsneecola.blogspot.com

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  4. I try to grow my nails out but I have to keep checking if they are clean every second of the day! My cuticles are also quite dry, so I will check out the cuticle butter :)
    Joelle
    xoxo

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  5. Fab post! I need to try more cuticle creams, I'd definitely recommend OPI nail envy its a bit pricy but you can get the small pots from ebay and its definitely turned my nails from flakiness to strong ones :) xxx

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  6. You have such lovely nails. Once i've used up fresh lemons, I rub my fingers with the left over pulp/juice if I don't have nail varnish on. It helps removes stains left especially when I use darker nail colours :) x x x

    http://purelybeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. I use cuticle oils and I'm always applying hand cream but my nails are still horrible, always splitting etc! I think I've gave up on ever having nice nails :( x

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  8. Wow your nails are amazing! I'm currently using Shellac to allow my nails time to grow and get stronger, it works a treat :) xo

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  9. Your nails look great, I never used to be able to grow long nails but once I started looking after them I was able to have strong and long nails :) great post hun!

    Charlee
    http://charmedcharlee.blogspot.co.uk
    xxxx

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  10. Your nails look so beautiful! Mine are jagged and nasty lol! I will definitely be looking at Lush Lemony Flutter a little closer now - you've made me take more of an interest in nail maintenance now

    Helen xxx

    http://beautifullysuperfluous.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Nice post Sophia, it's great to see a post from a girl about taking care of your nails. I often just see NOTD posts, but taking care of your nails, like taking care of your skin, should come first before painting them :)

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  12. Great post! Your nails are in a lovely condition! I'm quite lucky that I have good nails too. I don't like to have them too short or too long, just a nice mid-length. I've never bitten them, but they did suffer a little when I use to work in a restaurant (with excessive cleaning / washing) however I made sure I always hand my soap and glory hand cream - to hand!

    xo

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  13. I bought the Lush Lemony Flutter last night and absolutely love it, I try to apply cuticle oil and cream every day and make sure I use hand cream at least once a day. My hands definitely notice when I don't! You're nails look in lovely condition :) x

    bluebutterfly80.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Your nails are gorgeous, Mine bend and break all the time and its so annoying I'd love lovely long nails.
    My hair grows really long and thick quickly though so I guess I can't have both

    x

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  15. Totally agree with everything you say. I apply cuticle balms and hand cream throughout the day and use richer products at night. Am an ex nail tech and am now au naturale and my nails are my crowning glory :))
    Your nails look amazing xx

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  16. Your nails are lovely! I need to get a cuticle cream of some sort, mine are awful!x

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  17. I also use that Burt's Bees lemon stuff, it's the best! I use e.l.f.'s cuticle oil pen at work (there's literally no oily mess), I use handcream all day like you, and a very intense one at bedtime. and when I paint my nails I start with a coat of essie's Feed Me, then use a base coat over that. Feed Me is a great nail moisturiser, I love what it does for my nails.

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  18. Great post, i'm your newest follower :D found you through Twitter
    Hope you'll stop by and check mine out too :)

    http://sophiameola.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  19. we basically have the same nail care routine expect the hand creams :) i'm going to do a post on mine soon! :) xx

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  20. I'm the same with my nails - I pamper them so much! I use Lemony Flutter/Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream with Apricot Oil and The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream nightly, S&G Hand Food during the day, and I file them every few days or so to keep the edges clean. I want to do a nail post now! x

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  21. I love to make small salty baths with a lemon juice to make my nails stronger. I use a handcream with a goat milk and a sweet almond oil for the best nutrition!=)

    Kisses From Europe
    Love&kiss!

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  22. Great post. I have terrible nails, they are so flaky and break very easily. I should try to take care of them more i suppose. I can't file my nails as it goes through me haha x

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  23. I prefer natural nails too, just looks so much nicer! Your nails are gorgeous x x

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  24. I have to keep my nails short and neutral for work. This usually just means I have clear strengthening polish on. I have tried lots of expensive ones, but a Rimmel 14 day strengthen polish I tried on an off chance is the best I have ever used. It has that clear pink tint of the top coat they use in salons, and really does keep them super strong.

    I use the crabtree hand cream too, but I have been using a cuticle oil not a butter. The butter looks neater and a bit easier for me when I'm on the train and stuff. I will have to try the Lush one seeing as your nails are so lovely. :) x

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  25. I absolutely adore your nails! I too keep mine in good condition however have never used a cuticle cream! Although I might pick up that Lush one, it looks fabulous!
    I can't see the point in not taking care of them, so it's good to see you do :)
    xx

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  26. @Gemma Button The best thing I would suggest is stop getting falsies, and try a bit of at home maintance :) xo

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  27. @A little birdie told me xo I wouldn't say they were perfect, but I do love them! You should try Nailtiques! xo

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  28. @nicola Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! xo

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  29. @Hema Patel I may try that, thanks for the tip! xo

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  30. @Emma Don't give up! You just have to find the right products and techniques for you xo

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  31. @Charlee Greenhalgh All they need is a little care and attention :) xo

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  32. @helen Thank you! You'll love Lemony Flutter xo

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  33. @Pampered Prince Thank you <3 Me too, I don't think I've seen any posts about looking after your nails! xo

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  34. @Megan Jane I love having them long but for practicality reasons I have to keep filing them down! xo

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  35. @Donna It's amazing, isn't it? Smells divine too! xo

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  36. @xmisslorix I wish my hair grew long and thick!!! :) xo

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  37. @Sheila Harris I think using more richer products at night is great! xo

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  38. @Beauty Bird You'll love either of the ones I mentioned! xo

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  39. @Megan It is, and it smells absolutely amazing! xo

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  40. @Nadia xo Ohh great, I look forward to reading it :) xo

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  41. @Eva Tornado I will have to try that! Thanks for the tip xo

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  42. @Gem D I would definitely recommend you try Nailtiques, it works miracles xo

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  43. @Jess I used to use cuticle oils and found they don't really do a lot, whereas cuticle cremes and butters do! :) xo

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  44. I really want to try lemon butter. I apply essie at the moment but favour opi nail envy. I favour a cuticle oil so it'll be good to try a cream I think x

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  45. @C.S.I Beauty Blog I used to use oils but I find cremes and butters far better for my nails :) xo

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  46. So finally I am getting round to posting on this!
    Your nails look amazing!
    After reading this post I have come to the conclusion that I most certainly do not look after my nails!

    Natasha Carly x
    http://prettylittlelives.blogspot.co.uk

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  47. really awesome i liked it very much keep going on
    Thank you for the absolutely wonderful job you did
    on this blog.Good Job Keep it up and thank you for all of your hard work

    gel acylic nail designs

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