What do you need to create an ideal DIY manicure? You obviously need a high-quality nail polish, plenty of time, creativity and patience. If you have it all, then your nails will look perfect! However, depending on many factors, the lifetime of your mani can be shortened! The problem is that not everyone understands what it is exactly that spoils the manicure. In fact, nail polish will never last as long as it was promised by the lacquer's manufacturer. I’m going to tell you about the 5 things that ruined my manicure, regardless of the beauty products I use.
Ruined My Manicure!
Frequent Contact with Water
If you wash your hands too often, don’t expect that you will wear your manicure for a long time! If you read a product review and found out that particular nail polish would stay at nails for 2 weeks, then you should anticipate that your mani will look perfect for about 7 days. Water ruins the nail polish coverage, so peeling appears early. If you work at the hospital as a nurse, or at the restaurant as a chef, then you contact with water cannot be eliminated. So you have only two options to choose: paint your nail more often or use top coat of the best quality.
Highly Intensive Sport Activity
If you visit gym twice a week or even less often, then you can skip reading this part. However, if you jog every morning, exercise in the swimming pool or do any kind of sport regularly, then you know that perfect mani turns to be spoiled very fast! Why does it happen? Because of your intensive sport activity, nail polish contacts with water and sweat, which affect the lacquer. Also nails are subjected to mechanical influences of varying severity, which have no positive effect on your manicure. You can read about best nail polishes for runners here.
A Lot of Work Around the House
If you are mother of three, and today you need to do some washing and cleaning, then your hands will contact not only with the water, but also with the caustic and abrasive cleaners! So, when you clean your oven and refrigerator, or wash the bath and the toilet, you not only spoil your manicure, but also harm your skin. It’s great that you like to make your house clean and shiny, but keep in mind that your beauty and health is more important than that. Try to choose cleaners, which are less harmful and skin-friendly, and also try to wear rubber glove, to abandon your contact with the dangerous liquids.
Bad Drinking Habits
Do you like to drink soda or beer from the cans? Do you consume it pretty often? Every time you open the container it scratches your manicure! In fact, you can damage nail lacquer coating in many ways while you cook or consume different type of products, so you should keep it in mind and open any kind of package very carefully.
If you like to spend your vacations in 5-stars hotels and spa salons, then nothing can spoil your manicure. However, if you like to travel to exotic countries, where you can practice your surfing skills, ride an elephant, or simply spend hours and hours under the scorching sun… then you should think twice before painting your nails. Even the most expensive lacquer will not last on your nails as long as it is promised. So if you are going to peal mango skin just with your hands, or build sand castles, then your mani will peel in quite quick. But sweet memories are more important, am I right?
It is obvious that no one will change a life style to make a mani last longer. However, there are few ways to improve the durability of your manicure.
Use Gel Lacquers
Do you still paint your nails with the ordinary lacquers and expect that your manicure will look perfect for a long time? If yes, then it’s time to change your preference. If you do at least one thing from my Top 5 list, then gel lacquers will change your world. They last much longer than ordinary nail polishes, while are still beautiful and trendy.
If you are newbie in this field, read about my best nail gel polish kits post.
High Quality Top Coats
Top coat is very important for any kind of manicure, so don’t skimp on it! A high quality top coat ensures the high level of protection from any kind of chemical and physical influences, thus you can prolong the life of your manicure. You can use a top coat, which is of the same brand as all your lacquers, or you can choose some other options. For example, Seche Vite Top Coat is extremely popular in the market, and if you try it, you will understand why it is great. I wrote a review about Seche Vite.
Simple Nail Designs
If you know that this week will be “hard” for your nails, because of an upcoming trip or another reason, then try to do a simple manicure. Don’t use any kind of rhinestones, glitter or stickers, because they will cling to any stuff around you and, in the end, your manicure will be destroyed.
The perfect manicure will never last forever, and if you have frequent contact with the water, chemicals, or any goods, which can scratch the nail polish covering, then chips and peeling will occur too soon. Reading the numerous product descriptions and customer reviews, which promise you to have super long lasting effect, you should never forget that they are not applicable to your real life conditions. If you want to protect your nails you should consider usage of gel lacquers and high quality top coats. At the same time you should avoid any kind of nail design, which make the nail surface uneven, because it makes your manicure more vulnerable to the damages.
Your beauty is in your hands, so let it shine bright!