We get manicures and pedicures to give our hands and feet some much-deserved TLC. But has it ever occured to you that you also need to preserve your nails' health after every pampering sesh? Below, we tell you the essential things you should do before and after your nail salon appointment!
1. Start maintenance and care before getting to the nail salon.
Prepare your money and take a restroom break prior to getting your nails painted on. Doing so prevents your fresh manicure from getting ruined by zippers and buttons. If you're getting a pedi, wear open-toed footwear.
2. Do a gloss-over.
Reapply a thin layer of clear topcoat on the nails every two days, especially on the top edge, to refresh its shiny finish. This practice also prevents chipping.
3. Moisturize your cuticles.
Dry cuticles may lead to hangnails, and the best way to prevent them is by regularly using hand cream. As for your toes, dry cuticles and dry skin build-up may leave them feeling sore and tender. After every shower, rub the sides of your toenails with a towel and bring back the hydration with a cuticle oil.
3. Don't use your nails to open things.
We're so used to using our fingernails to pull objects open. This bad habit causes chipping and breakage. Try using your actual fingers or other items (like a key or old ATM cards) instead.
4. Fake it.
Once your nails start to grow back, file the edges and paint a thin layer of clear topcoat to make your mani and pedi look good as new.
5. Stay away from alcohol.
Not the one you drink! Hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol can dry out your hands, nails, and cuticles, making the polish prone to chipping. Wash your hands the old-fashioned way: with soap and water. But if you have no other option but to use hand sanitizer, follow it up with a dollop of hand cream.
6. Give them a break.
Leave your nails polish-free for at least two weeks to allow them to breathe and recover from being covered with nail lacquer. If you're into gel polishes, let your nails rest for at least a month to prevent them from being weak and brittle.
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.