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!