How to clean your nails properly
Our nails make more of an impression than you may think.
After all, just like our hands, our nails can pick up a fair amount of grime and germs. Plus, nothing says 'put together' like a pair of prim and proper paws.
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Here’s how to clean nails properly…
Step 1: Nail scrub
If you want clean, lovely fingernails it’s an absolute must to invest in a good quality nail brush. A nail brush will scrub out the dirt from underneath your nails and attack those hard-to-reach areas where grime can build up. Always ensure you do a nail scrub in a well-lit room, using a solution of warm water and hand soap. To clean fingernails, start by scrubbing underneath your nails by holding the brush downwards and rubbing it back and forth gently, then move to the front of the nails, working in a circular buffing motion.
Step 2: Remove leftover polish
Wet a cotton pad with some nail polish remover and use it to remove any old nail polish that may still be hanging around on your nails. For really strong healthy fingernails, you should aim to give them a break from polish once every few weeks, or use a strengthening polish like Revitanail Triple Strength in between nail treatments. If you're looking to remove a gel manicure, follow this step-by-step.
Step3: Soak away the day
Treat your fingernails to a soak in a bath of water with a dash of antibacterial hand wash. Be sure to only soak your nails, not your entire hand – as the soap in the solution can dry your hands out if left to soak.
Top tip: If you're experiencing a stubborn bit of dirt under the nail that a brush can't reach, try also soaking your nails in a bowl of warm water with a tablespoon of bicarb soda, to coax the dirt out.
Step 4: Rinse and dry
After twenty minutes, rinse nails and hands under the tap, taking care to wash away all remaining hand soap before patting dry with a soft towel. Now you can give your nails a file as usual and, if not re-painting, finish with a clear protective coat of nail strengthener.
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