Hello Everyone, This is a bit of nail maintenance for last month and how I got through it without constant breaks, splits or peeling nails.
Polish Remover: First a good, gentle non-acetone nail polish remover. I’ve been using zoya because it takes less scrubbing to remove polish, its also great at removing glitter. The one I usually use that’s just as awesome is Up & Up Non-Acetone remover from Target the 16oz costs about $3, great value and not stinky either.
Peel of Base Coat: OPI Glitter Off, is a primarily a peel of base coat for natural nail but I use it to protect my cuticles so I minimize the daily use of acetone for clean up that dries them out. Cuticles can become ragged or split, and my have to be trimmed. You can also make your own, just put some Elmer’s glue in a empty polish bottle and add a few drops of water (or not). I don’t use this method when I water marbling to protect my fingers because when the glue gets wet it gets a bit too messy for me, so I stick with tape.
The downside is it doesn’t work well on nails with gel on them, i’m not sure about acrylics. It slides away from the areas with gel patches and leaves bald spots, it can be made to work, but repeatedly going over it can cause the surface to become bumpy or take forever to dry. But it’s a great way to cut down on the amount of polish remover used on your hands.
An alternative is Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A Peel, this is an indie brand that I’ve used once and it didn’t work for me, but the problem may have been I used a thin coat and I didn’t allow it to dry completely before applying polish, so i’ll give it another try. And of course you can use your regular basecoat.
Cuticle Remover: To If you end up with ragged cuticles you may need a cuticle remover, I use Blue Cross Cuticle Remover (which i’ve had forever, it’s so worth it) or soak nails for about 5 mins, then apply some cuticle oil and and use a cuticle pusher to gently push back your cuticles.
Cuticle Oil, lots and lots of cuticle oil, your nails will need it to keep the cuticles healthy and supple. If you have natural nails and you’re using regular base coat you can massage a small amount into your nails before applying your base coat, sounds crazy but it works to help keep you’re nails moisturized.
Nail Yellowing: I’ve noticed a bit more yellowing than normal but that’s the norm if you wear polish regularly, it’s not an issue for me but I can lightly buff my nails to remove it (note – If you do this you may weaken your nails, do not overbuff I can get away with this cause my nails are really thick.) I normally double up on base coat and it prevents yellowing but to try to get some decent sleep at night, i’ve been skipping it.
I have a little bit of a patch left on my pointer that’s almost all grown out, but my nails held up well.
Thanks for Reading!