Tuesday, August 5, 2008

All or Nothing!

If you wear any type of nail polish on your fingernails or toenails, I’m sure you have experienced some minor or major chipping. This can be frustrating and most of us continue to allow it to chip instead of taking it off and applying new polish. But I am here to tell you that you must make sure you have even and complete coverage of polish.

Chipping is bound to happen! How soon and how much are determined by a number of factors:

1. The type of work performed by the hands
2. How the nail was prepped before the polish was applied
3. The quality of the polish (base & top coat, color polish or nail strengthener)
4. Health conditions that affect the fingernails and toenails

Do’s and Don’ts...
Since I’ve been into nail care, I’ve learned to adopt an “All or Nothing” mentality when it comes to nail polish; and I suggest you adopt this same frame of thinking. Polish makes your hands and feet “pop with color” and adds personality and interest. So if your nail polish has begun and continues to chip, remove the polish. Never put another coat of the same or a different color on top thinking this will cover the chipping. Now you have created a situation in which your polish is uneven: thick in some places and thin in others. Not to mention, when you finally take the polish off, it will take more cotton, remover, and time. Even clear polish chips and peels and when that happens, you are left with shiny spots here and dull spots there.

Some solutions that may help minimize chipping and keep polish “looking fresh, shiny, and bright,” is to put a clear coat of polish on your nails every two days, wear gloves when washing dishes or your hair, do not tap your nails on surfaces or put your fingers in your mouth.

So Now...
So remember, think, nice, even, complete coverage when wearing polish and adopt the phrase “All or nothing!”

PrayStampEatSleep asks...

"The area around my cuticles is tough, especially around my toes. I just hate it, what can I do?"

This can be frustrating and an eyesore but DO NOT PICK OR PEEL!!! I recommend you get manicures and pedicures often so that a licensed professional can soften, loosen, and nip the dead and hard cuticle skin. At home, you can take a sturdy nail file, dampen it with water, place the file flat on the skin, and file the skin in a downward motion. This helps to file away and soften some of the dead skin. Exfoliate your hands and feet by using an exfoliating scrub and be sure to keep your cuticle area moisturized and nourished. You can use a moisturizing lotion, shea butter, Vaseline, cuticle oil, or olive oil. Keep me posted ;)