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How To Take Care Of Frequently Colored Nails

By: Angela Medalla Yeo

A trip to the nail salon is something I look forward to. It’s such a fabulous me time – I can just sit back, relax, and think about nothing but that perfect nail color before going back to real life and start adulting again. As much as I would like to have pretty and polished hands and feet 24/7, I still need to think about the well being of my nails. If you’re the nail polish DIY expert with innate nail art talent, or the type who frequents the nail salon, here are some tips on how to show your nails some much needed TLC:

  • Remove nail polish when it starts chipping. Our nails start looking messy and dirty once it chips, which defeats the purpose of having pretty polished nails. Most importantly, our nails need time to breathe! As for pedicures, remove them after 2 or 3 weeks after application even if it hasn’t started chipping yet.
  • Use a high quality nail polish that is free from harmful chemicals like Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), toluene and formaldehyde.
  • Use a base coat to protect, strengthen, and nourish the nail beds. This also prevents the polish from staining your nails.
  • Carry a travel size hand cream to moisturize your nails, cuticles, and hands.
  • Avoid wearing gel nail polish too often. Removing gel nail polish involves acetone, and scrubbing on the nail bed which weakens the nails and makes it brittle. Also, the UV light used to make it hard and long lasting is not good to use often. Try alternating gel and traditional manicure or better yet, just use gel polish for vacations.


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