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How to look after nails and other February tips

February 6th 2013 / Judy Johnson Google+ Judy Johnson / 4 comments


Nail technician and GTG expert Marian Newman on keeping nails on fine form, plus other top tips for February

Marian Newman, nail technician and session manicurist says good nails are all about protection.

“The most damaging thing to nails is water. Obviously you must wash your hands, but as nails are ten times more porous than skin it encourages peeling. The cells soak up the water and expand and contract, so moisture is lost.

"My tip would be to always wear polish to form a barrier and protect the nail. Even if you don’t wear colour, wear a clear polish and seal the edge of the nail. Reapply every couple of days and it will make such a difference! It’s a myth that we need to let nails breathe.”

“Invest in a good hairbrush to stimulate your scalp, smooth the cuticle and prepare your hair before you style it. Brush it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The worst thing that people can do is go to bed without brushing their hair, especially if they’ve backcombed it - they’ll just wake up with it matted and knotted. Try to avoid cheap plastic brushes and choose good quality brands instead, such as Tangle Teezer, Kent, GHD and Moroccanoil," says hair stylist Errol Douglas.

"I can’t recommend double cleansing enough. First remove make-up with a cleanser and then use a cleansing foam to really purify and brighten the skin. One product might remove make-up, but it’s unlikely to treat the skin. If you double cleanse in the evening, the skin will be in much better condition with fewer blemishes," advises Rebecca Cantrell, National Training Director for Shiseido.

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  • Helen
  • August 4th 2015

If we talk about nail files, Mont Bleu from Czech Republic will win the game. I prefer it because of its standard quality and amazing design. It is also cost effective than other brands. You can order it from their e-shop.

  • Anne
  • May 23rd 2015

Yeah, I love the brand Aveniro, which also published the article that I mentioned. It's a Czech brand and makes the files from the Bohemian crystal. They have beautiful designs and thanks to the special abrasive surface they last forever. I would recommend them to anyone. ;)

  • Monica
  • May 9th 2015

I completely agree. Last week I finally bought a glass nail file and I think I will never use anything else. :D Actually, I am considering buying another one. Do you have a favourite brand that you can recommend?

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