5 Nail Care Tips While You Are Self-Isolating

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Last week, we shared 4 Hair Care Tips While You Are Self-Isolating. We hope you were able to give it a read! If not, check it out now. We are continuing our series today, with a focus on nail care. Mr. J is back with 5 nail care tips to keep in mind while we are self-isolating. Like our hair, we want to keep our nails in great shape. This means doing things on a regular basis to keep our nails healthy and strong. Below we have outlined five nail care tips while you are self-isolating. We hope you enjoy these. Check them out! Your friendly manicurist or cosmetologist will be glad you did!

Nail Tip #1: Ditch the Acrylic

With an increased emphasis on the importance of regular hand washing these days, Mr. J recommends ditching the acrylic. “Artificial nails can harbor gems and you definitely want to avoid gems at all cost. Here are a few steps to safely remove you artificial nails while self-isolating.

  1. First, you will want to trim your nails to a short length.
  2. Then soak your fingertips in acetone remover for at least 20 minutes or until the acrylic softens enough to start the removal process.
  3.  You will need to use a cuticle pusher or orange wood stick to remover the acrylic gently.
  4. After, you have removed the acrylic from your natural nails; your next step is to gentle buff your nails and apply a generous amount of cuticle oil. Olive oil will also do the job.

Nail Tip #2: Apply Cuticle Oil or Olive Oil Nightly

Our next tip involved applying cuticle oil nightly. Mr. J tells us, “If you don’t have cuticle oil, olive oil can work as a substitute.” Using cuticle oil helps keep your cuticle, skin, and nail moisturized. In addition, regularly applying cuticle oil can help keep your cuticles and nails healthy and looking good.

Nail Tip #3: DO NOT Bite Your Nails!

Let’s face it. Times are a bit rough right now. It is not uncommon to be feeling a little stress or anxiety now with everything going on. Some people, when stressed, may resort to biting their nails. Mr. J simply says, “Don’t do it! You should not bite your nails any time – whether you are self-isolating or not. Instead, use nail clippers or a nail file.” Biting your nails can lead to damage of the nail bed and even perhaps an infection in your nails. In addition, your nails can harbor bacteria, so biting your nails puts bacteria in your mouth, which could make you sick. Lastly, biting your nails is not good for your teeth!

Nail Tip #4: Wear Gloves When Washing Dishes

Since we are all at home, many of us are cooking more than we have before. Because of this, we are also washing dishes more than we have before. As a result, wearing gloves while washing dishes can offer a few benefits. First, excessive water can weaken your nail polish. Washing dishes can also dry out your nails and skin. Our nails are just like our skin, they need to be moisturized in order to stay healthy. Lastly, in the event you accidentally break a dish, you do not want to cut yourself while washing dishes. Therefore, whenever possible, wear gloves when washing dishes to keep your nails healthy.

Nail Tip #5: Wear Gloves When Using Cleaning Supplies

Our last nail tip is to wear gloves when using cleaning supplies. If you are thinking about doing some spring cleaning while you are self-isolating, make sure you grab a pair of gloves first. For similar reasons that we already mentioned above, wearing gloves when using cleaning supplies can help keep your nails healthy. In addition to water, cleaning supplies can be harsh on your nails. If you are planning to do a little extra cleaning at home over the next few weeks, make sure you have a pair of gloves handy. Your nails will thank you!