Quick nail tips

Healthy nails and toenails are beautiful nails, I am sure we would all agree. But some of us have to work harder to achieve this than others, so for you cutically challenged ones out there, here are some quick tips.

Get a manicure

Set aside twenty dollars or so to get a manicure AND pedicure. It is so worth it!

Scrub those feet

Make sure you are exfoliating the tops, sides, and bottoms of your feet at least twice a week in the shower. You want your feet soft for the summer sandals.

Tan hands and feet

If you use a self-tanner on your hands and feet, use a make-up sponge to blend well around the fingers and toes. If you take your time in applying carefully, it will look very natural.

Foot refresher

After soaking feet in warm water, massage feet with a mixture of 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 tablespoon crushed dried peppermint. Remove with a warm, damp washcloth.

For nails that are nourished from the inside out

Try supplementing your already healthy eating plan with MSM. This natural sulfur source from the sea speeds the growth of your hair and nails.

Exfoliate your feet!

Use a loofah sponge to exfoliate tops, sides and bottom of your feet. Remember to scrub all of your toes too. After drying with a fluffy towel, apply your favorite moisturiser generously and then put on a thick (warm from the dryer) pair of socks on for a pampered feeling.

Give your nails a break

Take off your acrylic nails and let your fingertips breathe. It will take a while for them to recover, but it is a healthier (and less expensive) way to maintain your nails.

Summer is here!

After showering or bathing, trim your toenails and smooth any rough edges with a file. Use a pumice stone on calluses and make it a habit to use a foot file on the bottom of your feet and heels at least once a week. This will keep your feet ready for any sandal at any time.

To help your nail polish glide on

Dip a cotton ball in a facial astringent to remove any excess oil on your nails. Your polish will go on much smoother.

Foot calluses

Always use a pumice stone. Do not use razors or other cutters.

Prevent pale polish from turning yellow

Use a topcoat that contains an ultraviolet inhibitor.

Yellow and stained toenails

Make sure to wear a basecoat under polish to prevent this.

Dulled nail polish?

Dab a little olive oil over each nail and rub in. Nails will regain a glossy, gleaming shine.

Acrylic nails

Almond oil will stop acrylic nails from dehydrating and coming away from the nail plate.

Brittle nails

Rub a vitamin E capsule on as a moisturiser.

Invigorating foot bath

Soak your feet in warm soapy water that has a teaspoon of peppermint extract added to it. Gently scrub your feet and use a pumice stone to smooth calluses and rough skin.

Prevent corns and calluses

Wear good comfortable footwear that leaves plenty of room for your toes to wiggle. Walk around in the shoes in the store for five minutes before deciding to buy. If they are going to hurt your feet, you will know in the first five minutes. Take note of any pinching and if they rub in a particle spot, don’t buy them!

Best nail shape

Fingers look longer and more slender with straight-sided nails that have slightly rounded tips. This shape is the most flattering for short nails too and will help make hands look more graceful.

To prevent bubbles in nail polish

Wait for first coat to dry completely before applying another.

Protect your hands from the sun

Keep a tube of hand cream with sunscreen in your car and apply before you get on the road. Incidental sun exposure will give you age spots.


Never file nails right after a shower or after they have been in water. They will be too soft and tear very easily.

Your man

Remember the man in your life. Give him a manicure so he can enjoy being pampered too!

Toenail length

They shouldn’t be longer than the end of your toes and should be cut straight across rather than curved to avoid ingrown toenails – ouch!

Help for nails that won’t grow

Mix 1 packet unflavored gelatin with 1 tablespoon almond oil. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Massage into nails daily to help grow them long and strong.

Rough cuticles

Wet fingertips with water and dip them into cornmeal. Massage and rinse with tepid water. Buff nails with a nail brush while rinsing to make sure you remove all the cornmeal. Dry thoroughly and apply hand cream.

Brittle nails

Rub a waxy lip balm into nails 3 times a day to protect, condition and seal in moisture.

Brittle nails #2

Once a week, apply almond oil to nails and hands, cover with socks or gloves and wear them overnight.

Brittle nails #3

After a shower rub in a little almond oil. It will soak in easily.

Discoloured fingernails

Dissolve a tablet of denture cleanser in warm water and soak fingers until the stains disappear.

Chapped hands

Slather on shea butter, cover with gloves and let sink in.

Protect your nails

Use the end of a pencil to push the numbers on the telephone.

Protect your hands

Smooth on an enriched hand lotion before you put on your rubber gloves for a beauty treatment while you work.


Trim toenails with toenail clipper in a straight or slightly curved shape. Use a file to round the corners. Smooth down any rough edges with a fine file.

Improve circulation

Elevate your feet at least 15 minutes a day to help improve circulation.

Clean nails

Scrub your nails with a nail brush every day. Clean nails are beautiful nails even if short.

Strengthen your nails

Double your helping of fresh fruits and vegetables and your nails will grow strong!

Dull nails?

Massage a drop of castor oil onto each nail and buff excess away with a tissue. Your nails will have an all natural high gloss without polish.

Discoloured nails

Whiten your nails by mixing 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide with 3 tablespoons baking soda. Apply to nails (underneath and over tops) with a cotton swab. Leave on for 3-5 minutes then rise with warm water. Apply hand lotion.


Using a soft nail disc, buff ridges horizontally using a gentle back and forth motion. Do not over buff. Once your ridges are smoothed, rub in lotion.

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