My 8 Steps To Happy, Healthy Hands & Nails!

You may have heard people say that you can tell a person's age by looking at their hands. Tell-tale signs such as age spots (due to sun exposure), more prominent veins, wrinkled skin and stained, brittle nails can make you look older than you actually are. Starting to have a regime in your 20's to look after your hands and nails can delay all of this, and let's be honest, we put our hands through a lot in a day - they can do with a pamper every now and then! I'm going to go through the eight steps I take to make my hands and nails look and feel their best, and which products I'm loving using right now. These products include an Australian brand called Sasy n Savy, who kindly gifted me some of their products recently, and so I'll be talking through these too.

1. After taking off my unsightly chipped nail varnish, I simply shape my nails with a nail file. One of the products that Sasy n Savy sent me was a nail file with a cute travel case. I think the case is a great idea as when I chuck one in my bag (which I try to do every time I go out - nothing worse than being caught out with a sharp, broken nail) the file always scratches everything and gets dirty easily - not ideal!

2. Next, I use a cuticle stick to push back my cuticles, to make my nails seem longer and increase the surface area of the nail. You can buy cuticle sticks really cheaply - I get about 20 for £1 at Primark. I tend to run the other side of the stick under my nails once I've pushed back the cuticles to get rid of any dirt under the nails.

3. Sasy n Savy also sent me a nail buffer, which takes me to my next step - buffing! I use the rougher side first and then the smooth side to gently buff away the harshness. This buffer left my nails ridiculously smooth - possibly the smoothest they've ever been - so I'd definitely recommend this particular Sasy n Savy nail buffer. 

4. Next, after washing my hands to get rid of any residue, I pop a little drop of Viridian Organic Nail & Cuticle Oil onto each cuticle and massage in. I received this oil at a blogging event last year and it's so good - it smells like a spa and feels really luxurious. Moreover it's a cruelty-free product, so can be used by my cruelty-free friends too! 

5. After the oil, I moisturise my hands to keep them silky smooth. This hand and nail repair creme from Sasy n Savy smells and feels amazing; a real indulgent, quality product. 

6. I tend to wait a while for this next step so that the oil and moisturiser has time to sink in. Once this is done, I coat my nails with a base coat from O.P.I - you can buy this at a really reasonable price on eBay (although I bought mine at a nail salon so the price was pushed up!), and I'll definitely be repurchasing it once I've used it up.

7. When the base coat is dry, I apply my current favourite nail polish which is Fiji by Essie - I've spoken about my love for Essie on the blog before (you can read more about this here and here). I love the consistency of the polish, and for me it has great lasting power. The pale pink colour is also so flattering in the summer with a tan. 

8. Lastly, I apply the same O.P.I clear polish over the top of my nails once the Essie polish is completely dry. I have very weak nails and applying the O.P.I polish helps to keeps them feeling stronger and less brittle. 

Before and after!

So that's it! I love a pamper session - especially for my hands and nails - and I really would recommend all of the products mentioned to leave you feeling fresh and luxurious.
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