How to keep your nails looking good all summer long
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As someone who has bitten my nails since childhood my nails have always been a source of insecurity. However, this summer I have been on a mission to grow them and keep them safe from peeling, cracking and breaking. And, by some kind of miracle, I’ve actually managed it! So here’s a guide for helping you to keep your nails in good condition this summer. Filing is your friend Regular filing works wonders. The way I see it, filing your nails regularly is the same as getting your hair cut regularly. Regular haircuts keep your hair strong and thick and prevent breakage. Filing works the same way. Gently filing your nails once or twice a day ensures that any breakage is whipped away before it can cause damage to the rest of your nail, ensuring thick and strong growth. I previously used to use nail scissors to do this but I always felt as though it left my nails with definite edges on them whereas filing gives them that smooth finish. If your nails are particularly brittle make sure to soak them in warm water before you file them, either in the bath or shower. This will soften your nails and help to prevent splitting when you come to file them. Glass over metal A glass nail file is the way forward. I can’t stress this enough. Metal nail files, although they last longer, tend to be a lot harder on your nails. This can mean that if you have weaker nails that are more prone to peeling and breaking, it serves only to weaken nails rather than strengthen them. Using a glass nail file is much more gentle on your nails, whilst still being strong enough to smooth away any loose edges. You can buy glass nail files from most high street beauty stores. This one is only £2.99 from Superdrug - and just look how pretty it is! Don’t forget to buff Buffing is often overlooked when it comes to nailcare but it shouldn’t be. Buffing and filing go hand in hand. Whilst filing is good for keeping your nails growing strong, buffing helps to keep them smooth and looking generally more attractive. After filing, take a buffer and rub it along the edge of the nail and on top of the nail itself. A good buffer will help you get rid of any bumps or ridges on the top of the nail and give the edges a much smoother finish. That way when it comes to painting your nails the polish looks smoother and sleeker and overall your nails look so much better. The perfect buffer to get you started, this handly little tool has four edges, giving you choice depending on how hard you want to buffer - ideal for people with especially sensitive or thin nails. Cuticle care is key This is a tip that really does make a difference in terms of making your nails look longer and neater - once a week make sure you push your cuticles back (gently!) into the nail bed with a cuticle tool.
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