Having beautiful nails doesn’t always mean applying artificial nails over your own nails. You can also have amazing nails just by looking after them properly and ensuring you do some basic nail care on a regular basis. To do this , you are going to need some simple nail grooming tools to start with. Here is a list of 7 nail tools and accessories you should aim to have to keep your nails looking clean, healthy and tidy.
1. Nail clippers
Nail clippers are the most basic nail care tool out there and every household should have a couple of these. Trimming your nails regularly keeps them looking neat and will keep you healthy too. Dirt can build up under long nails and bacteria can start to grow under them especially if you don’t clean your nails properly. The last thing you want is to transfer that bacteria from your nails into your mouth which can easily happen when you touch your lips or eat with your fingers.
2. Nail files
Nail files are used to smooth down sharp edges especially after you’ve trimmed your nails. They are also used to help you achieve your desired nail shape . There are different types of nail files but the most durable ones are made from metal or crystal. These last longer and are unlikely to break easily compared to emery boards which we often find in the shop or supermarket. You you can also easily clean your metal or crystal files allowing you to use them for long periods.
3. Cuticle pusher
Your nail cuticle is the layer of skin located along the bottom edge of your nail plate. Nail polish and other nail treatments won’t bond on the cuticle so gently pushing it back will help your nail treatment last. To do this, one of the tools you will need is a cuticle pusher. Dipping your nails in apple cider vinegar for 10 minutes can help loosen the cuticles so that they are easier to push back.
4. Cuticle cutter
Have you ever noticed really painful shreds of skin that sometimes appear on your fingers around your nail bed? The correct term for these is hangnails. If you have experienced them like I have, you will know how uncomfortable this can be. The best tool to get rid of hangnails is a cuticle cutter. Repeated hand washing, dry skin and sometimes paper cuts are some of the reasons we develop hangnails.
5. Nail brush
A nail brush is used to thoroughly clean your nails. All you do is wet the brush and add a small amount of hand soap. You then gently scrub your nails getting rid of any dirt that’s accumulated under and around your fingernails. Keeping your hands and nails clean is essential for good hygiene. It keeps you and those around you safe from potentially harmful. If you have long nails or extensions, this little brush will come in very handy.
6. Nail buffer
To keep your nails shiney and polished, a nail buffer is your best friend. If you are not keen on using nail polish you can use this on your nails instead and achieve a beautiful neat finish. The first time I used a nail buffer I was amazed how shiny my nails became.
7. Hand oil or moisturiser
Last but not least, keeping your hands moisturised will prevent dry skin which can lead to roughness of skin and issues like hangnails that I mentioned before. Invest in a good hand cream and keep it near every hand washing station in your house. Don’t forget to keep some in your bag or car for when you are out and about.
These are just some of the basic hand and nail care essentials you should think about having for neat and presentable nails. this is a good starting point but you can add more to the list as you go on. I strongly believe before you add any nail extensions or enhancements, it’s always a good idea to look after your own nails first.
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