Q&A: What’s your hand and nail care routine?

By | February 20, 2013


There are a lot of us in Lacquerheads of Oz, so if you have a question, we usually have an answer! Our reader question today is from Michelle, who asked, “Can you show your nail regime as to what you do to your nails on a daily/weekly/monthly basis?”

Since everyone’s nails and skin are different, regimens vary a lot, so here’s what some of our contributors have to say:

Julz
I have pretty flexible nails, so I coat them with OPI Nail Envy about 3-4 times a week, and if I’m not wearing polish I try and have Nail Envy on too. I file my nails whenever there is a rough edge, otherwise it’s every two weeks that I shape them. I use a cuticle balm from an Aussie Etsy seller twice a day or more as I use 100% acetone to remove my polish every day which is really drying.

Bec
I have very hard nails so they tend to snap. I always use Duri Rejuvacote as a base, and take Swisse Hair Skin Nails to help with flexibility. This makes them grow like crazy, so I take 1-2 mm off each week with a glass nail file. When I remember, I use OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil to Go and Lush Lemony Flutter. I use whatever cream I have lying around, at the moment it’s OPI Avoplex High Intensity and The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector. I hate the smell of hemp but it does wonders overnight under cotton gloves when my hands are feeling really dry and unloved.

Michelle
I have strong nails (yay genetics!), so I take minimal care of them. I file weekly with a padded emery board. My hands are dry, so when I remember, I use Trilogy Everything Balm on my cuticles, and try to use Endota Spa Lavender & Alpine Pepper or Trilogy Ultra Hydrating hand creams. I also use a DIY glycerin/acetone remover to protect my cuticles, since I change my polish so often!

Cassie
I’m a recent Duri Rejuvacote convert, because my nails were forever peeling and flaking at the sides. Apart from that, I use an angled brush to mash Lush Lemony Flutter into the cuticles, and whatever hand cream I have around when I remember. I also use the marvellous acetone/glycerine remover.

Anthea
My nails are generally well behaved, but a couple flake a little so I use Duri Rejuvacote every time I paint them, no exceptions. I rarely file, only if they need a bit of a reshape. I smother my cuticles with Lush Lemony Flutter and Skin Food Nail Vita Essence whenever I get a chance, and push them back with a rubber pusher twice a week. I also use DIY acetone/glycerine remover so my skin doesn’t become dryer than the Sahara Desert when I take my polish off.

Naomi
I have generally healthy nails and they grow fast, so every time I remove my polish I file them down and shape them with a padded cardboard emery. I have yet to find the perfect base to help with my peelies. When I see a peel, I buff it out to stop it progressing. When I remember, I use Gloss ‘n Sparkle Cuticle Oil, and moisturise with Lush Handy Gurugu. I also take Swisse Hair Skin Nails daily, which have helped a bit. If nothing else, my skin’s definitely appreciating it!

Ann
I change manis 2-3 times a week using home-made acetone/glycerin remover, followed by filing with a crystal file. I either use a chemical cuticle remover to remove overgrowth, or just push the cuticles back if they’re tidy or sensitive. Then I’ll massage in OPI Cuticle Oil and apply hand cream. Before a mani, I use Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener and Mavala Barrier Base. Afterwards, I use Lush Lemony Flutter. I moisturise whenever I remember.

Kierra
I’ve got weak nails so I use OPI Nail Envy under every mani, and a crystal nail file for shaping. My hands are dry so I try to moisturise after showering, using CND Solar Oil for my cuticles with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, as well as a good slathering of Burt’s Bees Honey and Grapeseed Oil Hand Creme. If I want a deep moisturising, I also add Burt’s Bees Hand Salve. Once a week I use Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Remover.

Bec
I also have pretty strong nails – I use Duri Rejuvacote as a base, always. I use a cuticle remover once a week, and push them back once or twice a week. I moisturise twice daily, and apply cuticle oil twice daily. I give them a quick file with a 180 grit once a week, just to even them out and very slightly shorten.

Teneil
I use Duri Rejuvacote as the base for every mani. Once or twice a week I use Orly Cutique to remove my cuticles cause they can get out of control. I use the magic mix of acetone/glycerin as a remover so find that I don’t need to moisturise as much as I used to, but I do have Lush Lemony Flutter and Hand Food Hand Cream. I file maybe once or twice a week.

Rosemarie
I file weekly with nail polish still on (easier to make sure the shape is even). After using pure acetone to remove polish, I wash my hands and moisturise with hand cream and Lush Lemony Flutter. My nails are pretty strong but ridgey so I usually buff them a bit. I always forget to push my cuticles back, but when I do I use Blue Cross cuticle remover. I moisturise my hands throughout the day and rotate between Lemony Flutter, coconut oil and Lucas Paw Paw ointment on my cuticles at night.

Courtney
I have strong nails but they tend to peel, so I use Duri Rejuvacote daily which has eliminated my peeling problems. I file my nails about once a week (with polish on) and use cuticle remover very occasionally. I use Gloss ‘n Sparkle Cuticle Oil whenever I paint my nails, and use Burt’s Bees Cuticle Balm or A’kin Hand and Cuticle Cream at least once daily. For polish removal, I use the amazing acetone/glycerine mix which has been wonderful for my skin.

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