Top 5 Nail Hacks Every Woman Needs to Know
We all experience nail struggles at some point in our lives. From a broken nail, impossible-to-remove nail lacquer, discolored nails, the list goes on. Caring for natural nails can sometimes take a little extra effort to keep them comfortable, healthy, and looking their best.
The bright side: There are plenty of DIY and at-home nail care remedies to solve even the peskiest nail problems. We're taking a look at some of the most common nail woes and giving you tips and tricks to deal with even the most annoying nail situations.
Here are our top tips to keep nails healthy and in flawless condition.
Problem #1: Discolored nail plates
Have you ever noticed your nails have a yellow hue to them? Especially after you've worn your favorite deep red polish or another dark color? Nail staining happens, and it's nothing to be worried about. To get your nails back to their natural shade, follow the steps below.
Baking soda rub:
- Head into your mom's baking pantry and 'borrow' some of her baking soda.
- Mix 1/2 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide and one tbsp of baking soda in a small bowl.
- Use an old toothbrush to apply the mixture on your nails and let it sit for 3 minutes.
- Rise and repeat once per day until your natural nails are back to their original color.
When to be concerned about discolored nails?
If your nails are just slightly different from their natural colors, don't fret, but if your nails become deep yellow or bright white - it may be a sign of a fungus.
Problem #2: Nail polish won't come off
If you've ever used a glitter polish, you'll know the struggle. While we're not sure what they put in glitter formulas, we can agree that it's a pain to get those tiny sparkles off.
Once your festive glitter mani is starting to look less fab and more drab, use this method to remove it without leaving your hands looking like a disco ball.
How to remove glitter polish:
- Tear up ten small (nail sized) pieces of cotton balls.
- Soak each ball in nail polish remover.
- Place one soaked cotton ball on each nail and press it down to cover your entire nail bed.
- Leave it on for two to three minutes and wipe away the now softer glitter polish.
Problem #3: Thick and gloopy nail polish
Don't throw away your nail polishes that turned thick. It happens to most polishes after time. Air seeps in, and polish becomes a gooey, sticky mess. But there is a way to fix it.
The solution: Invest in some nail polish thinner. Apply a couple of drops to nail polish that's gone dry or gluey, and it will get it back to a better, thinner consistency. This little hack will save you money in the long run too. No more tossing old polishes!
Problem #4: Dry cuticles
If you have dry or dead skin around your nails, your at-home mani will never come out the way you want it. To get rid of the dry skin around your nails, try this DIY hand exfoliator.
How to make it:
- Mix one teaspoon of sugar with one tablespoon of warm coconut oil.
- Gently massage the mixture into your nails and wash off with warm water and soap.
- For best results, give your cuticles a good scrub at least twice a month.
Problem #5: A broken nail
Ah, the ever-dreaded broken nail. The next time you catch your fingernail on something, don't freak out, it's easily fixed with a nail file, buffer, tweezers, nail glue, and a tea bag - yep, we said a tea bag.
How to fix a broken nail:
- Pour out the tea from the tea bag.
- Tear a piece of the empty tea bag that's big enough to cover your break.
- Drop a small dot of nail glue over the break and use tweezers to set and press the tea bag patch down gently. You'll see the tea bag get absorbed by the glue - that's good! This will form a bond over the break.
- Once the glue dries, gently buff over the tea patch's edges to blend it into the nail.
- To conceal the DIY patch, paint your nails as usual: base coat, two coats of color, and a glossy top coat.
My AM routine while rocking cherie merch!
@cheriethanks for the cute sweatshirt! I am obsessed. Here is my am routine! sisley - FLORAL TONING LOTION First I tone and prep my skin with this toner. I love this toner so much because it is so hydrating and doesn’t strip the skin. It also moisturizes while helping to clean and prep it to absorb other products. NATURIUM - Hyaluronic Acid Essence 2% Then I use this essence. I love this brand so much and this essence is so hydrating and light. It helps plump and prepares it for the serum. NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% Next I use this serum which I have been enjoying. It is super gentle that I can even use it during the day. So far my skin has been tolerating it very well. I also notice my dark spots decreasing much quicker. LORD JONES - Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer Then I use this moisturizer that I am obsessed with. It so far has been my favorite product of the year. It’s so hydrating and calming. It feels amazing on the skin as well. Last I finish off with a sunscreen. I previously reviewed this before! It’s from Korean brand Corthe. ^^ what do you like to do in your morning routine?
Tips from a dermatologist on sunscreen ☀️
Let’s talk about sunscreen ☀️ What’s a good sunscreen to wear? One that is: * Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays) * SPF 30 or higher * Water resistant This will help protect your skin from early skin aging, sunburn, and skin cancer. What is the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens? Chemical sunscreens work like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays. They contain one or more of the following ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. These are often easier to rub into the skin without a white cast. Physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) act like a shield, sitting on the surface of your skin and deflecting the sun’s rays. These can come on white. They have the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide Reapply every 2 hours when outside in the sun ☀️ Some of my favorites: Tinted: Cerave tinted, la roche posay tinted, alastin CeraVe - Face Sheer Tint Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 ALASTIN SKINCARE - HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36 Not tinted: colorescience, drunk elephant colorescience - Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50 Sunscreen DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 What’s your favorite sunscreen?
THIS DERMATOLOGISTS FAVORITE NEW CLEANSER
Cleansers are an essential step in everyone’s skincare routine, but it can be difficult to find the right one for your skin. The new Aveeno Calm + Restore nourishing oat cleanser has been my new go-to daily cleanser and I love it. ❤️🙌 Aveeno has always been a brand to create formulations that target dry and sensitive skin and this cleanser is no different. This cleanser is great for people all skin types but would likely benefit dry or combination skin most. The incorporated oat complex helps restore build the skin’s moisture barrier and soothe itchy skin. There is no stripping effect with this cleanser, which is something too always look for with your cleanser. Other pros about this product are its fragrance free (limiting any irritant reactions) as well as great pricing. On amazon, you can find a bottle for under $10.‼️‼️ TRUTH: If you are trying to fight acne or blackheads I recommend against this cleanser and try finding something with salicylic acid. Have you tried the new Aveeno cleanser? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! ⤵️
The Benefits of Tomatoes
Hey Beauty’s It’s been a long g week and I haven’t been on much, missed wellness Wednesday but I never let the week past without a natural skincare edition. 😉 Tomatoes 🍅 Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Lycopene is an especially strong antioxidant, so it can help your overall health along with the appearance of your skin. Antioxidants help reverse signs of aging, which means plumper skin and reduced fine lines. 😁 They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Natural Face Masks to try at home: I have combination skin that tends to be on the oily side. I would suggest a patch test for sensitive skin. 🧚♀️Instantly Brighter Skin 1/2 Ripe Tomato 🍅 1 Tbsp Honey 🍯 Blend tomato 🍅 till it’s a smooth purée, stir in honey and mix well. I’m the biggest fan of honey 🍯 and adding tomato just made this mask more appealing. So I tried it! 😃 Because of the honey, it’s a very sticky mask but full of antioxidants. Honeys a natural humectant (locks moisture in skin cells), it’s antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties protect skin from bacteria and germs 🦠 🧚♀️ Refreshing Mask 1/2 Ripe Tomato 🍅 1/4 Cucumber 🥒 Peel cucumber and blend with Tomato 🍅 apply in circular motion and wait 15 minutes. Rinse off. Both cucumber and tomato are natural astringents which help tighten large pores. Cucumber is composed of 95% water and will hydrate oily skin, preventing further oiliness as well as moisturising dry skin back to its previous smoothness. It’s the cucumber that soothes the skin and can fade blemishes. Hope you have a great Friday! And let me know if you like my natural series by liking this post. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 There’s a natural Tomato 🍅 Paper Mask by Yes To, it’s available on ASOS. The Yes To Tomato Mask 🍅 is made to fight blemishes. It’s 95% natural, paraben free and cruelty free. It’s suitable for combination skin so if you want to purchase something try this, I prefer my natural Masks 😉 it saves me $$$ to spend on cleanser, my new fav product for now. 🙋🏽♀️ Cheers 🥂 Jade
Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
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