Hello lovelies. You’d think that after almost 5 years of blogging I would have the topic of nail care routine covered. I did share a few of my favorite nail products here and there, but nothing in depth. People who are interested in nails probably already know how to properly take care of your nails, but I do have a lot of new followers here too. Nail care routine was highly requested on my YouTube channel, so today I am sharing my tutorial.
Whenever I want to give my nails an extra TLC, I start by removing my current nail polish. Recently I love using Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover. I got this remover just recently and it quickly has become my favorite. It has an amazing scent and works well for polish removal. Sadly, my bottle is almost empty. Overall, I am not very picky when it comes to nail polish remover, however, I prefer using the ones that do contain acetone.
Next step is filing your nails. In the past few years I have been using glass files to shorten my nails. My current favorite is Whats Up Nails Glass File. Since I started blogging, I haven’t cut my nails and I don’t recommend it to anyone (especially if you have nails that are prone to splitting).
The safest way to shorten your nails is filing them. Always go in one direction to avoid splitting, although I have to admit that when I am impatient, I am pretty bad at that. I use a buffer to remove the filing build up from underneath my nails. I rarely buff the surface of my nails, although I am tempted to do so, because of the ridges on my nails. Instead of buffing your nails, it’s best to use a ridge filling base coat, but I don’t have a favorite right now.
For cuticle removal I like using Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover. This product is very efficient and will last you forever! The directions on the package say to leave it on your cuticles for a few seconds, but I like to leave the product for about 5 minutes to really soften the skin. I do the the initial removal with a metal cuticle pusher. You need to be very gentle when using a metal pusher. You could also use the flat side of an orange stick (wooden stick), but I find the metal one to be more effective. I continue to remove the cuticle build-up with an orange stick.
Next step in my nail care routine is applying a nail strengthener. In the past I used Duri Rejuvacote and I really loved it. Recently I got some products from Probelle. I have been testing these products for couple of weeks now and I am very impressed! I am especially loving the Nail Hardner Formula 1 product, as it really helped my splitting nails. Right now I am using the Nail Maintenance Formula 2 (this is a complimentary product to Nail Hardner Formula 1). I also love their Hydrating Base Coat, as it dries fast. Overall, I can safely say that the products do work for hardening and strengthening your nails.
The last step is hydrating your cuticles and hands. I use many different products and I like switching them around. One staple to my nail care routine is a cuticle oil. For a while now I have been using Sunny’s Body Products Intensive Cuticle Therapy. This product is very moisturizing and it will quickly revive your dry cuticles. I apply cuticle oil several times a day. For the longest time I also have been using Lush Lemony Flutter, which I love too!
Lately, my favorite hand cream is Richness Hand Cream by Indigo Nails. It absorbs very fast and it doesn’t leave a sticky layer. Big plus for the package with a pump! More heavy duty hand cream I like to use is Sunny’s Body Products Dry Spot Healer. It’s a thicker cream that needs a while to absorb, so it’s perfect for when your hands need more TLC (for example after cuticle removal). It can also be used for other parts of the body, such as elbows or knees. I recommend applying hand cream several times a day (especially after washing your hands or washing dishes).
What did you guys think of my nail care routine and how similar is it to yours? Please leave your favorite nail care products in the comments below, as I love discovering what people are using on their nails and hands. Also, if you have a problem with ridges, please let me know what your favorite ridge filling base coat is.
Also, I wanted to include a little disclaimer: I am not a professional and these are simply the steps I personally do in my nail care routine. This is what works for me, but I know that it may be different to what other people do.
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Some of the products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.