Gel manicures are my happy place!! Every time I put on some gel polish, it’s next level happiness!! They undoubtedly give your nails an instant luxe lift and salon-style finish. I can go on and on describing how pretty they look, but the reality strikes when you take them off… those dry, lifeless, damaged natural nails are a heartbreaking sight! I love to see my natural nails beaming with shine and glory as much as I like to see an impeccable manicure; if you too can relate, read on to see how I repair and restore my natural nails after a gel manicure.
Olive Oil Massage
The first thing you need to do as soon as you take off your gel polish is to give your nails a good massage with some extra virgin olive oil. I like to be really generous over here and make sure there is enough oil coated all over. Also spends some time and massage the cuticles and the skin around the nails. I like to do this before going to bed so that my nails can soak in all the goodness overnight.
Just as exfoliating the skin, It’s a good idea to exfoliate your nails regularly. This helps take off the dead cells and stains if any. A simple recipe that I like to use is mixing a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of lemon juice to form a paste and use a toothbrush to clean the nails.
Give a break!
I always make sure to not get my nails covered in gel polish back to back, I often try to leave my nails bare for 2-3 days before my next mani or coat them with breathable, non-toxic, 10 free polishes so that they get time to restore even when they are styled. Some of my favorite picks for this time (and in general) are polishes from Sundays Studio and 786 Cosmetics.
Metallic Flakes Gel Nail Art
These tips work for me every single time and I would love to know how they turned out for you.
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