At Home Nail and Cuticle Care
Whether it’s for our birthday, a holiday, or just for the heck of it, getting our nails done seems to be part of feeling beautiful. While going to the salon is how some of us keep up with our nails and cuticles, others enjoy the pleasure of being able to care for their nails from the comfort of their homes. As a matter of fact, even those of us who frequent the salon need to do a touch up every now and then between visits. If having strong, healthy nails is your goal, then you’re in for a real treat. We’re going to explain the importance of good nail and cuticle health then provide you with our 5-step method for nail and cuticle care in less than 15 minutes.
Importance of Nail and Cuticle Care
First things first, what exactly is a cuticle? Take a look at your fingernails (assuming you don’t have any polish). Do you see that little skin that sticks up towards the bottom of your nail bed? That my friend is your cuticle. Your cuticle serves one major purpose: protect your nailbed and new nails coming from the root to becoming infected. Without your cuticles, your nails would be susceptible to fungus and bacteria. Ew.
Since it’s so important, it’s in your best interest to never, ever cut them... or cut them as little as possible. I know that they aren’t the prettiest things to look at, but your cuticles are definitely necessary for good nail health. In addition to taking Shedavi vitamins for internal nail and cuticle care, you can also utilize the Shedavi Elixir to help keep them your nails looking soft and healthy. Take a look below at the 5 steps to do nail and cuticle care right in your home.
Nail and Cuticle Care Step #1: Remove Old Polish
Always start with a clean canvas. Use non-acetone nail polish remover to get rid of any traces of old polish. Acetone is drying and can cause your nails and cuticles to break. Therefore, stick with non-acetone versions. If you want to file your nails, do so before you get them wet. Just like wet hair, wet nails also damage easier than dry ones. Also, use an emery board and not metal because metal encourages peeling. We want healthy nails not peeling ones.
Nail and Cuticle Care Step #2: Wash Up
Once you get done with the nail polish remover and filing, it’s time to clean your nails. This is pretty basic: use antibacterial soap and take care to clean under your nails where remnants of yesterday’s french fries may be lingering.
Nail and Cuticle Care Step #3: Soak and Relax
After your hands and nails are squeaky clean, it’s time to give yourself the spa treatment. Add a drop or two of olive oil to a bowl of warm water and soak for 10 minutes. When your cuticles are softened, they are much easier to push back without having to worry about damaging.
Nail and Cuticle Care Step #4: Push Back Cuticles
Once you dry off your nails after the 10 minutes is up, gently push your cuticles back. You can use a nail tool or your own nails if they’re long enough. Push them back just far enough to not be seen but not too far back to where you push them under your skin.
Nail and Cuticle Care Step #5: Apply Shedavi Elixir
The final step after pushing back your cuticles is to add a few dabs of Shedavi Elixir to your nails and cuticles to provide a healthy shine and glow.
How often do you give your nails and cuticles care at home? Tell us in the comments.
Written by Bianca Scott