My Nail Care Routine

Friday, August 21, 2015
Hello all! Today I'm going to share with you my weekly nail care routine for healthy nails and cuticles. This is a routine I came up with myself, and it works for me. I'm by no means a professional or telling you that you should do your nails like this. My hope is that reading about my routine will give you some inspiration about how to make your own.

Tools you will need:

tools materials needed for nail care routine

1) 4-way buffing block or standard nail file
2) nail polish remover
3) cotton ball
4) cuticle stick
5) nail clippers
6) cuticle cutter
7) nail strengthener or product of choice
8) e.l.f. Essential Nourishing Cuticle Pen

Step 1: Cleanse Nails

cleaning nails with nail polish remover cotton ball

Saturate your cotton ball with nail polish remover for best results. Even if you are not wearing any polish, the polish remover will cleanse your nails.

Step 2: Trim

If you want to do any sort of trimming with your nail clippers, now is the perfect time. Trim to desired length. On this particular day I did not have to do any trimming.

Step 3: File and Shape

file smooth buff shape nails 4 way nail buffing block

Take your 4-way buffing block or standard emery board and shape nails. If you are not using a block, you may want to consider a smooth file in addition to your emery board, so that you can buff the surface of your nails. I also run it along the edges of my nails to smooth out what I filed.

Step 4: Push Cuticles Back

pushing cuticles back

Take your cuticle pusher and gently push your cuticles back on all 10 nails. This step will be easier to do if nails are soaked in warm water for about 10 minutes.

Step 5: Cut Cuticles

cutting cuticles

Carefully use your cuticle cutter to remove your cuticles. The style I'm using makes it very easy to cut yourself. Take your time. Glide the tool around your cuticle area to cut.

Step 6: Oil Cuticles

cuticle oil

Take the e.l.f. Essential Nourishing cuticle pen and apply it over the cuticle area. Simply use your finger to rub the oil in until it is all absorbed and dry.

cuticle oil rub into skin

Step 7: Apply Strengthener

applying nail strengthener

Please note, you don't have to apply strengthener. You may prefer a growth treatment, anti-bite, or even base coat. Perhaps you prefer no product at all. I personally love the nail strengthener by Nail Savvy. I apply one coat and let it dry.

That's the whole process! Depending on how much cutting and shaping I have to do, this usually takes me about 20 minutes total. During the summer I let my nails grow and strengthen, so I don't use any polish. I do this routine once a week, and apply another coat of strengthener each day that I work. During the rest of the year I still do this process once a week. I use the strengthener as my base coat. The Nail Savvy does not increase or decrease the lifespan of your manicure! It has no effect on it. So far, it is my favorite strengthener. 

If you have any nail care tips and tricks, be sure to share them in the comments. Until next time, continue to let your true beauty shine.

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