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SELF-CARE: NAIL EDITION FT. OUR FAVOURITE NAIL PROFESSIONALS
In this day and age, it’s important to take a step back from all that is going on and give yourself a bit of time in the day (or week) to take care of your mental, emotional and physical health. Self-care can be something as simple as lighting your favourite candle or taking the time to make your bed in the morning, to something more extravagant like booking a spa day at a luxe hotel.
Whatever self-care looks like to you, we are here for it and on this week’s blog post we asked a few of our favorite nail techs to share some tips on how to perform nail care at home and what they like to do to practice self-care or what their nail-care routine is like.
Analuisa Franklin | Las Vegas, NV IG: @nailedaf
“My best tip for nail self-care at home is: it’s essential. I love doing my own nails and being able to create designs and aesthetics that I enjoy! Make sure to clean up those cuticles, match up that perfect color and above all moisturize to keep hands looking healthy.”
“My self-care routine would definitely have to be a night time yoga session. I don’t have time during the day with my busy schedule-but at the end of it all a relaxing, calming stretch for an hour is the perfect routine before a shower and bedtime I collect my thoughts and have a moment of mental calmness for clearer thinking and a good nights sleep.”
Diana Nguyen | Los Angeles, CA
“Make sure you apply cuticle oil to prevent from getting hang nails and keeping your manicure looking fresh.”
“Whenever I’m giving myself a manicure I like to listen to music and drink boba.”
Jenny Bui | Bronx, NY
“The best tip for nail self-care is to eat foods high in nutrients or take supplements to make your nails strong and healthy. Use cuticle oil to keep your cuticles moisturized. “
“I am always working so having a personal day, I like to just lay down and relax. I exercise and stretch my body and enjoy cooking.”
Johnny Tran | Toronto, ON
“I would recommend home user when they’re doing artificial nail at home to use Bio Seaweed Gel Sculpting System because it’s easy to apply and no smell of liquid monomer. You do not need e-file for this procedure, just hand file and buffing block would do the work. Quick and easy, especially healthier nails healthier you.”
“Due to what we facing now with the social distance and all, there isn’t a better time to take care of yourself right at your own home. I would watch my favourite movies or play my music on my iTunes because I believe that music makes me feel better and it helps me to ease my stress, have my coffee or tea or even a glass of wine would help to relax and clear my mind.”
Sojin Oh | Los Angeles, CA
“I do CBD oil rub massage with the oil I created with my friend at Spill Botanicals every other day, because my hands get so dry from all the hand sanitizers I have been using, then I use BSG base and top to have a natural clear set! I am always doing nails for other people, so the clear really helps my nails to stay clean and strong. I listen to bjork and rosalia on repeat when I do nails at home - it inspires my art A LOT. I also like to drink some orange wine while I do it!”
Vivian Xue Rahey | Sunnyvale, CA
“My best nail tip is to keep your nails trimmed and cleaned. Invest in a manicuring kit and make it a part of your routine every week! Nicely manicured natural nails will ensure good hygiene, and even contribute to the longevity of press-on wear!”
“My personal routine for self-care (my time is very tight), is usually me taking 30 mins out of every day to do high resistance cardio! It helps so much to prevent long term back pain, and it creates a serotonin rush! I like to binge my favorite show during this time. It helps me stay energized and inspired.”
Now that you’ve heard it from the pros, put on some comfy clothes, pour yourself a glass (or two) of your favorite drink (if you are above the legal drinking age!) and get ready for a gel mani + pedi day. For those who have never done this at home before, BSG conveniently offers a Beginner Starter Kit that includes all the basic products and tools to do a gel manicure and pedicure at home. The kit includes items such as a nail buffer, nail file, PediKit that has tools for pushing back your cuticles and even a pumice bar to help remove any dead skin and calluses built up on the bottom of your feet, two of our top selling gel polish colours in UNITY and 3STEP, top and base gel polish and a mini-LED lamp to cure.
Alternatively, BSG also offers a ManiKit and PediKit that are ideal for those who do not want to invest in a full gel manicure and pedicure kit. These mini kits contain the necessary tools for clean and polished looking nails to have yourself a mini mani + pedi day. After you are done with cleaning up your nails, you can opt for a regular manicure using our gorgeous BeBio Nail Lacquers.
Now that you have a little more knowledge and the right tools, do not forget to moisturize! BSG’s magnolia scented and vitamins enriched Nail & Cuticle Oil offers the perfect final touch to your nail care routine.
What is your best tip for nail self-care at home? Let us know in the comments below for your chance to win a $25 BSG e-gift card. One winner will be contacted by email on Tuesday January 26th 2021. Must be 18+ to enter and a resident of USA. *Update: Giveaway closed, winner is Kathryn.
My biggest nail self-care tip is making cuticle oil a part of your everyday routine. I keep some in my nightstand and every single night before I go to bed, I apply cuticle oil. It’s a small daily addition that makes a big difference.
There’s so much that goes into at home nail self-care! One of my best tips is to gently push your cuticles back after your shower, apply cuticle oil, and massage a lotion mixed with more cuticle oil into your hands! This prevents excessive cuticle build up, stimulates nail growth, and keeps hands feeling soft and looking young!
My favorite nail self-care routine involves a good hand mask, self warming mittens, cuticle oil, and a nice cup of tea while I relax in front of a movie. It’s so cold in Chicago right now, my hands and nails have been suffering! This combo is the remedy for those days I forget to love on my nails after washing my hands a million times. Crazy what a little moisturizing love will do for you!
My client advice is always gloves, hand cream, and cuticle oil. Gloves for cleaning, winter, & gardening. Pretty nails begin with moisturized skin- a great hand cream will keep hands hydrated & soft. Applying cuticle oil daily is essential to combat unsightly hang nails and cracks.
Keep 180 grit files everywhere. If you happen to notice you need to file one nail a little bit for any reason, you don’t want to have to open your entire kit. Just keep a 180 grit or block file in drawers in every room, office, bathroom and kitchen.