Freitag, 23. August 2013

Nail & Hand Care

I decided to post an update on my nail & hand care routine! I wrote a post about this in my very first months of blogging, but even if I didn't change my routine a lot, I feel like it needs an update. At first I have to admit that I'm blessed with quite healthy and uncomplicated nails and cuticles, which means I don't really have to do a lot to keep them in good health. But I do have four products that I use regularly - from daily to weekly - and I would like to present them separately. 





Hand lotion: Balea Beautiful Berries *Limited Edition*

A good hand lotion is a must-have, even if you don't have damaged or dry skin! I used to apply it regularly every night before going to sleep, but my lazy self took over and I'm now usually just applying it before taking pictures for the blog. I change the brand and scent every now and then, so it doesn't have to be this lotion in particular. Another favorite of mine is Lush - Lemony Flutter for times when my skin is very dry or as a hand mask over night. 




Cuticles: p2 - Cuticle Softener Pen

This one is an all-time favorite! I absolutely love this product and always have replacements at home. This does magic to my cuticles or rather, lets them disappear! You're looking at an unused pen in the picture, they do get filthy quite fast. The description says to apply the liquid with the pen and then push back the cuticles with the cap. What I do is simply remove the cuticles with the pen itself and this works great for me! 





Filing: Glass nail file 

I changed from nail clippers to a glass file after reading that clipping damages the nails. Let me tell you: There is nothing I hate more than filing my nails. It's disgusting and lets me shiver! But with a glass file it is a tiny bit better, I would never again use a metal or sand file. I still hate it though. I bought my glass file at Coop, but you can get these kinds of files on Ebay etc. as well. Obviously you have to be careful with these, because they break in no time. I broke too much of these already.




Nail hardener: Microcell 2000

This nail hardener is a life-saver. My nails do chip and split fast if I don't use a strong nail hardener. Since it is quite expensive I use it from time to time and then regular base coat in between, but I always see the difference when I stop using it. I'm sure there are other similar nail hardeners and it doesn't have to be this brand at all. These nail hardeners do have controversial ingredients though, make sure to read up on them online first.



That's it, this is my basic nail & hand routine! Obviously I use other products as well (like whitening tooth paste, buffing file, etc.) but not on a regular basis. A problem that I have with my nails, which I didn't solve yet is this: 
My thumb nail has the habit of breaking at a specifique spot and that's usually nothing that can be solved with glue or tea bags and so on. I read, that this has to do with some kind of a nail memory, where the nail "remembers" a weak point and breaks over and over again. This would then basically be unfixable... Is there anyone with the same problem? I would love to read your opinion on that!  

Kommentare:

  1. I have the same problem (right hand, thumb nail). And it's a really frustrating spot, too: about a milimeter after the nail leaves the skin...so to say. The nail on this thumb is always short, because it WILL tear, no matter what, in this area. And if that happens the tear goes deep and hurts a lot, so...no choice but to keep the nail short and file the area as smooth as possible to minimize the danger of "getting it stuck" on fabric or jeans pockets thus further ripping it. Sorry, no solution here as well :(

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    1. That's it! That's exactly the spot on my thumb as well. So annoying :(

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  2. Den Cuticle Softener Pen benutzt ich auch schon seit ner Ewigkeit! Bestes und für den Preis auch noch ^.^

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    1. Stimmt, der Preis ist auch okay! Leider muss ich dafür immer nach DE, aber was man nicht alles tut :)

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  3. Hand cream is indispensable for me too. And of course I always pick hand creams that smell nice, like this one :-) I currently use a rose-scented one from Melvita.

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    1. I usually go for the creamy or fruity scents and I love everything that smells like fresh lemons <3

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  4. Great post! I love Microcell Nail Repair too, it changed everything for me. It is expensive but since it is such a vital part of my nail care routine I don't mind it much. :)

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    1. True! It's even more expensive in Switzerland, so usually I have to pick it up in Germany... But it is the best for me!

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  5. I have never heard of this "always breaks at the same place" before, mustbe quite annoying. I have one problem,that is asymmetrical nails. Once in the shape of nail bed, but, more of a pain, the nail is thicker on one side than the other, and, of course, the thinner side breaks very easy and sonI get one side short, one longer. .. :-(
    Anyway, you have really lovely nails and I love your fotos! Positioned in front of the body gives them a wonderful extra, and the rings. .. *__*
    Greetings from Berlin
    Moni

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    1. Oh that is annoying! Then you have to wear them short usually, right? Thank you very much, it makes me so happy when I get compliments for my pictures, because I'm still a complete beginner when it comes to photography! Greetings from Switzerland :)

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  6. ( my "answer" button doesn't work on my android)

    yes, unfortunately, but on the other hand *haha* I like them short.
    *zweisprachig werd*
    ich kann besser damit rumpüsseln, wenn sie kurz sind. Tippen auf der virtuellen Tastatur und auch gefallen mir einige nailarts besser auf kurz.

    deine Fotos find ich einfach nur wunderbar,einfach stilvoll ♥
    ich freu mich immer über neue und jetzt schaff ichs, dir das mal zu sagen.
    ;-)
    ich bin auch nur am knipsen mit meinem Tablet, mein einziger Computer diese Tage... nix Kamera und photoshop, aber es gibt viel amazing stuff für Android.
    mach weiter so!

    LG Moni

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  7. My left thumb nail almost always gets cracked - I'm pretty sure it's just because I'm left handed and use it so much in the same spot for typing/hitting the mouse buttons haha. It is really annoying, though. My gut instinct is that 'nail memory' sounds like nonsense, but you never know...

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    1. I actually think you're right! I'm right handed and the last few days I realised how much I actually use the right thumb! It's gonna be difficult to change that though ;)

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  8. I was reading this in a feed reader and I opened the post directly just to see the comments on the "nail memory" issue :)
    I think it's most likely that we do the same kind of movements which eventually lead to the same kind of damage to the nail. For example, my right thumb often cracks in the corner I use to hit the space bar with. And as you say, it's not easy at all to change it, even if you do notice what's contributing to the damage.
    The nails do have some memory when the matrix is hardly hit, so the nail splits vertically and never heals. But fortunately that's not our case :)

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