*Note: I am going to try doing bi-lingual blogging to improve on my Chinese before I actually move. Also, it is fun!*
Previously I have discussed the importance of preserving your hands and nails. Today I decided to snap some photos (which is pretty difficult to do while trying to remove polish!) while I removed an old manicure from the last meetup!
This is how I do my basic "taking care of hands" manicure
This is my messed up manicure. Jewels have fallen off, the polish is chipping and peeling, and it just basically looks sloppy
Start by removing the old polish. I used non-acetone nail polish remover, which is much gentler on natural nails. Soak a cotton ball with remover, then hold it to each nail for a few seconds. This allows the remover to start working on the polish and allows the polish to be wiped off easier
After removing all your polish, wash your hands and clean under your nails with a nail brush or an old child's toothbrush. The bristles are softer on a child's toothbrush, so this is good if you have sensitive skin! You can also give your cuticles a scrubbing to loosen any dead skin and to stimulate circulation
Next, moisturize with a creamy hand lotion and/or cuticle cream/oil. If you have long nails like I do, I find that it is easier to take the lotion from a pot with my knuckle. This way, no lotion gets stuck under my nails!
Then you are done with your basic care! It is good to let your nails breathe every once in a while, so don't keep them covered in nail polish or false nails 24/7 - the health of your nails will suffer
I still have a couple specks of gold polish because I got super glue on my hands and the remover couldn't get it off =__=
I love nail art and love to experiment when I have the time! Hopefully after finals I will be able to relax a little bit and take some photos of doing nail art!