Natural Tips for Pretty Nails

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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By Linda DiProperzio, Delicious Living


Marija M
Marija M2 years ago


Clare O'Beara
Clare O2 years ago

Leave your cuticles alone. Poking at them will cause infection.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Amd Vk
Amd Vk8 years ago

one of my nails is half bluish and other half pinkish. what shall I do about it?

Melly Nunez
Melody n8 years ago

my nails are dry and look unhealthy! please help me whats the best that I can do for it.

Jessica D.
Jessie D9 years ago

Hey, just like Allison below, I would love a suggestion for a natural nail polish. I just bought nail polish remover last night, and it is non-acetone and has proteins which after reading this blurb, appears to be a good thing. Yay! Still would love to know the true difference between acetone and non-acetone.....

Casey Broughton
Casey Broughton9 years ago

thanks for the tips. i try really hard but my nails are a wreck, i eat very well and get plenty of vitamins, but they are just rotten!

Danielle W.
Danielle W9 years ago

the vitamin e oil really works. I poke a hole in a vitamin e supplement and sqeaze the oil out and rub into skin.