Thursday, 7 February 2013

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

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:

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Note: we are not sponsored by Duri Rejuvacote, Lush Lemony Flutter or any of the other products mentioned. We just love them!

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  1. Thanks ladies! TBH I've never heard of Duri Rejuvacote, but as someone who has crazy peeling nails from changing my polish almost daily, I think you've just given me exactly what I've been looking for! Time to spend some money ;)

    1. I was so skeptical at first, and I HATE spending money on unnecessary things, but I totally think it's worth it.

      Man, I WISH we were sponsored by Duri or Lush. I would save so much money.

  2. Thank you so much ladies, I feel better knowing that I am doing pretty much the same as you (with different products) so in time will have nails as pretty as yours.
    Now off to ask Mr Google about this nail polish remove you make!

  3. Thanks for the great post guys :) I'd love to hear more about this Duri Rejuvacote - sounds like it could be just the trick to deal with my peeling nails.

  4. I have a question for Courtney, Ann and Bec. What kind of cuticle remover do you use??

  5. Never heard of duri but y'all make a compelling case for it! Can I ask, is it just for dealing with peeling nails or is it to really help strengthen them and this guard against breaks allowing them to grow to new lengths? I long for... Long nails (no pun intended!) But when they get to a certain length they always break. Thanks!!

  6. I use trind nail balm by Trind, DuriNail, Flexinail, homemail butters, acitone and I add glycering to it to remove polish and DuriRejuvicote. I remove my polish at night and put all those things on may nails repeatedly before I go to bed.Then I top it off with lotions and I put gloves on for bed. I also drench my gloves in oil so they dont absorb what is on my hands and nails. Then I polish in the morning and try not to get the polish on my cuticles so I can use DermaNail during the day. I have always had peeling soft nails the break, but now they are so long I have to file them. I have one nail with a ridge the length of it that broke. I glued it and am waiting for it to grow out. It will always split at the ridge. I don't know what to do for it. I guess I could go to the salon and have a coat of gel put on it, but I really want natural nails.


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