There is a happy medium between shiny, bright, toxic red holiday fingernails and scruffy unloved fingers. Skip the salon and go natural–make your nails look beautiful with these non-toxic tips from Nonie Crime, creative director of Butter London natural nail salon based in Seattle.
• Remove old polish with acetone-free remover that contains protein to strengthen nails and lanolin to moisturize.
• Wash and dry hands thoroughly.
• Scrub dirty nails with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a paste made of 1 tablespoon baking soda and a few drops of water.
• Shape with a file.
• Brush cuticles with vitamin-E-rich oil, which helps heal and condition, and let sit for two minutes. With your finger, gently rub in oil, pushing cuticles back and exfoliating dead skin. Wash hands.
• Battle winter dryness by massaging 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil into hands. Dab off the excess with a clean towel.
• Gently buff nails with a three-sided buffer. To avoid stripping away too many layers, use the gray side once a month, the pink side once a week, and the white side as needed to add shine.
• If desired, apply a translucent polish that doesn’t contain toxins, such as toluene, formaldehyde, or dibutyl phthalate.
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