8 Quick tips for Flawless Nails

Now most of my followers are nail people but I just wanted to put something out there for those non nail people struggling to achieve a great looking mani. So here we go:

1 – Always follow hand washing and using hand sanitisers with an application of lotion. See my recommendation here for a cheap but effective lotion.

2 – Try to apply cuticle oil at least twice a day. For an idea of which oils do which job, have a read of one of my previous posts here.

3 – Cleanse the nail plate before applying base coat to remove any grease that could make application uneven.

4 – Invest in a good basecoat to prevent discolouration of your nails and fill any ridges you may have. A lot of basecoats now have the added benefit of additional nutrients to help nail growth.

5 – Apply polish in thin layers and allow a bit of time to partially dry between layers.

6 – Use a brush and nail polish remover to clean up any spills and smudges on your cuticles. Something like this would be ideal.

7 – Use a fast dry top coat to avoid smudging. I love ‘Seche Vite’.

8 – Go to bed before a special occasion with your hands slathered in intensive moisturiser wrapped in cotton gloves.


My Regular Nail Oil Regime


As I’ve said before, I am always being asked how I keep my cuticles looking nice and my nails long and so I thought I would go into exactly what oils I use regularly and their benefits.

The main two are Jojoba and Argan Oil. They sit next to me on my desk and on the arm of the sofa at home for me to use as and when I get chance or think about it. I tend to apply these at least twice a day as long as I am not away (then my regime usually goes out of the window!). Here is a list of what I use and why they are of benefit:

Jojoba is unlike the majority of other vegetable oils in that it closely resembles sebum, the natural substance produced by our skin glands, therefore it is great for soothing and moisturising. It is also rich in Iodine so is great for fighting infections and fungi. It is also known to reduce wrinkles and signs of aging, which at nearly 46 I definitely need especially on my hands. One of  the main reasons I use this so regularly is that it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge.

Argan Oil is high in vitamin E which gives the skin and nails a natural boost. It is known for it’s wound healing due to it being rich in linoleic acid, vitamin A and vitamin E plus moisturising benefits to help prevent hangnails. This is also stable without keeping it cool so you can keep it to hand to use whenever it pops into your head to treat your nails.

Safflower Oil softens up dry areas and prevents moisture from leaving the skin, which in turn promotes elasticity and improves the texture of the skin. With these and also natural anti-inflammatory benefits it’s a go to for me.

Cherry Kernel rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C and E, antioxidants, proteins and minerals plus Oleic acid which promote improvements to dry skin and nails and hydrates dry cuticles.

Hazelnut oils fine texture makes it easily absorbable and therefore it can penetrate deep into the skin. It offers antioxidant protection and it hydrates leaving skin soft and plump stimulating regeneration of skin cells.

Raspberry, high in essential fatty acids, vitamin A and a high content of vitamin E. It is anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant and has hydrating benefits.

Red Raspberry Seed oil is loaded with vitamin E & vitamin A – both potent antioxidants, plus Ellagic acid which has been shown to reduce the destruction of collagen and Phytosterols which encourage healthy skin growth and hydrates areas that need a moisture boost

Avocado oil contains vitamins C, E, K, PP & B and chlorophyll which smooths the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. It provides considerable moisturising properties and serves as an anti-irritation product on broken skin. It helps also increases collagen production to keep it looking supple and youthful.

Using oil can show dramatic changes over time and although you don’t need to use all of the above (because most of them have similar properties), I do so just to change it up every so often. I buy mine from Eco-cosmetics4u but you can find them in most health food shops and many places online.