It's a week after your last nail treatment and you're already battling hangnails, deformities, cracking, etc. If you're looking for nail care products and tools during the in-between state - this guide lays out 3 essential nail care tools to both extend your manicure and keep your nails healthy.
As far as nail care goes, it's best to have a natural manicure meaning no polish aside from the standard layer of vitamin E. At home nail care for the between times can be achieved with the following tools.
You'll need both a fingernail clipper as well as a toenail clipper. The reason is that a toenail clipper is larger and cuts straight across as opposed to fingernail cutters that curve to reflect the curvature of the fingernail. Keeping your nails trimmed will encourage a healthy growth and also keep your nails cleaner.
If your nails grow out with divots and deformities, a buffer can easily smooth over those surface irregularities. Usually, buffers and nail filers are sold as one large block; each side representing a different stage in the nail care process. If you get manicures and pedicures regularly, don't worry about anything too serious. Use the file for simple shaping depending on the rate your nails grow.
This may be the most important nail care tool you can buy. Just like the rest of your body, your nails need to be moisturized regularly and can become brittle without proper care. Make sure to use a lotion rich in vitamin E and D with SPF built into the formula. It's especially important to moisturize your nails after removing a layer of polish. Consider cuticle massage cream if you find your nail bed to be extremely brittle, or even if your cuticles appear dry. Burt's Bees Lemon Butter is an inexpensive alternative to Rx and dermatologist prescribed creams.