Style & Beauty

The Number One Rule for Nails

And the number one rule for nails is… let them breathe.

Taking care of your nails is important to ensuring an overall classy and clean, stylish look. But if you overdo it, you can really destroy your nails. And who wants to have brittle, yellowing, thin nails beneath all the glossy sheen of polish?

Day-to-day nails

Nails taking a breather.

As a general rule, the best way to care for your nails on a daily basis is to keep them clean (no dirt under there, please!) and neatly cut into whatever shape suits you best – I prefer a classic rounded shape, myself. Use nail clipper to cut them neatly, and then use a nail file to round them out so the edges are smooth. Done! You can also use a cuticle cream if you like to keep the nail bed “happy.” Definitely moisturize your hands daily (or several times daily!) to keep the whole hand looking soft and manicured.

Special events

Granted, there are going to be days when you want to jazz up your nails a little bit with polish. Try to limit yourself to polishing your nails no more than six times a year. If the polish stays on for a couple weeks, that gives your nails six weeks between each polish to be naked and to breathe, so they won’t get take on a yellowish hue.

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