I got such an amazing response and some wonderful tips on my article on pretty nails for women over 40, that I wanted to share them with you in a separate blog post, as not all of you will read the comments.
What was the general consensus? Should women over 40 care about their nails?
Overall most of the women that responded through the comments and on Facebook felt that grooming gets more important as you get older. Suzanne says: “I truly believe that the older you get the more “well groomed” you need to be to look your best.” And Heather writes: “I never used to care, but now that im older all the little details are so important.”
I tend to agree.
So how to look after them?
It’s all about taking care of your nails with proper care. I like to share some wonderful tips from my readers.
The always superbly groomed Catherine from Not Dressed As Lamb feels that the secret to good nails, is to keep the cuticles healthy. In order to achieve this, she comes up with a 14 step plan:
- Rub in hand cream every time after washing your hands.
- Apply a good cuticle remover (liquid/paste, don’t cut them).
- Push the cuticles back gently with a wooden or plastic cuticle stick, never metal.
- Buff them using a 3-sided buffer.
- Rub in loads of cuticle cream.
- Use a glass file to file them – never cut with scissors or clippers. When I stopped cutting them the condition improved enormously!
- ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use a good base coat under nail polish.
- When painting, don’t allow the polish to touch or seep into the cuticles. A tiny gap between polish and your cuticles is neater and allows the nail to breathe.
- To get them neat is simply down to doing them on a flat surface, holding your breath briefly and lots of practice!
- Use a nail polish spray to dry them more quickly – or plunge into a bowl of very cold water.
- Forget French manicures (too fiddly!) and choose a really neutral, almost skin-like colour, it’ll hide a multitude of painting sins and look modern (Revlon’s Elegant is perfect).
- Use a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover to remove excess polish. Or better still, a small, round, flat artist’s brush perfects the edges beautifully. (Sam likes to use a nail polish remover pen, which is like a thick felt tip pen you can use around the edges of your nails to tidy things up a bit once your polish has dried. But, Catherine feels that the pens get too loaded with polish too quickly.)
- Apply a clear top coat and then another every other day to keep it from chipping.
- Remove the nail polish after 4-5 days maximum, and let the nails breathe at least overnight before painting again.
- Buff them straight after removing the polish and apply the hand and cuticle cream again. Even if you don’t paint them a colour, I’d recommend always keeping a clear base/strengthening coat on them to protect the nail from general bashes, stops them splitting too!
When to find the time for your nail care?
Heather likes doing it in the evening after dinner when there isn’t much to do and there is time for them to dry, while Catherine has made painting her nails a ritual during her lunch break at work.
Which products to use?
I’m going to give the above mentioned routine a go. How about you?
Feature image by EdZbarzhyvetsky