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How to get perfectly buffed nails

Elle Canada
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How to get perfectly buffed nails

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Sometimes, friends, you need to put down the nail polish, step away from the Shellac and give your nails a break. I know it's tough, but a few good weeks of natural nails will do them a world of good. That doesn't mean we run around with ragged nails -- even natural nails can be posh and beautiful. Just follow these tips from Cathy Crispo Mancini, President and CEO of LUX Spa in Toronto for the prettiest, buffed natural nails. What you need: Nail polish remover Cotton or gauze to remove the polish Nail file (180 grit) Cuticle cream – Mancini recommends Nagelhautcreme by Camillen 60 Bowl with warm soapy water Towel Orange wood stick Buffer Oil (almond, coconut or olive) – Mancini's fave is SolarOil by CND Hand lotion – Mancini likes Camillen 60 Handcreme which makes skin soft and silky without leaving a greasy film on the skin. GALLERY: 50 + pretty nail polish hues Find out your weekly routine for healthy, natural nails after the jump! Weekly upkeep: - Remove existing nail polish (if you have Shellac on, or a Shellac-like polish, have it professionally removed). - File your nails to your desired length and shape. File your nails gently and keep those corners slightly rounded. Keeping them very square will cause you to easily snag your nails and result in breakage. The best shapes are squoval and oval. - Apply cuticle cream to your cuticles and massage in to your cuticles and surrounding skin. - Soak for 5 minutes in a bath of soapy warm water infused with a couple drops of oil. - Dry thoroughly and using an orange wood stick, gently push back your cuticles and clean under the nail. - Buff nails lightly. All you need is a couple of swipes paying attention to where the nail meets the skin to ensure removal of any dead cuticle. - Wash your hands to remove any nail dust. Dry your hands. - Apply oil to your cuticles starting at one finger nail and then going right across from one hand to the other. Now go back and massage the oil into your cuticles. - Apply hand lotion to your hands and massage it into your cuticles as well. The secret to keeping your nails looking healthy means a little bit of maintenance each day. Not much, ladies, but these small steps will make a huge difference. Daily: "After having washed your hands, apply cuticle oil (as instructed above) and then follow up with hand lotion. The more times you do this in the day, the better it is for you! But if twice a day is all you can manage, then that will work," says Mancini. In just a couple of weeks, you'll have longer, healthier and smoother nails (you might even cringe at the thought of covering these new beauties in polish! Well, maybe not, but as close to that as possible). Read more: Skin care: Best summer-prep facials The top 10 green beauty products
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