Finger Tips: Dos and Don’ts For Nicer Nails

Nail down a flawless manicure! Deborah Selby, co-owner of Elements Spa and Salon shares how to care for your nails.

A flawless manicure starts with healthy nails. Deborah Selby, co-owner of Elements Spa and Salon in Springfield, Ill, shares how to care for yours.
 
DON’T: USE YOUR NAILS AS TOOLS
To prevent your nails from splitting and breaking, use a staple remover to pull out staples from paper and the edge of a coin to pry open your key ring. For other jobs, “keep a metal nail file in your purse and use it as a tool instead of your nails,” says Selby.
 
DON’T: PICK YOUR CUTICLES
In addition to looking less than lovely, this bad habit can damage the nail bed. If you have a hangnail, whisk it away with a high-quality cuticle nipper instead.   
 
DO: MOISTURIZE
Every time you wash your hands, follow up with lotion, and don’t forget to massage it into your nails and cuticles. Stash hand cream in every bathroom, in the kitchen and in your purse so it’s always available. If your hands and cuticles are very dry, try Vaseline® Intensive Rescue® Hand Repair Fragrance Free Hand Cream.
 
DO: FILE YOUR NAILS REGULARLY
Daily maintenance can keep your fingertips in top shape. Selby suggests keeping an emery board and buffer near the television so you can file and smooth nails while you watch your favorite show.


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