Beauty Unbiased: The important step you've been missing in your manicure

The important step you've been missing in your manicure


Bright pinks, sky blues, crisp greens, and natural nudes are just a few of the nail colors that are exciting me this spring. They look great in the bottle, but something has been bothering me for as long as I've been painting my nails. How do so many women (and a few men out there too) seem to always keep their nails so perfect? I have to literally plan my life around getting a manicure, and even then it seems to chip within a few days. Here's my checklist before embarking on a new manicure:
  • Have you done the dishes recently? 
  • Have you cleaned the bathroom?
  • Do you have any difficult packages to open? 
  • Any stickers to peel off of new clothing? 
Once those hurdles are cleared, I'll grant myself permission to attempt the illusive at home manicure or head to a nail salon. It seems I've been skipping an even more important part of my manicure -- the pre-mani prep. It's not as complicated as it seems, but actually has made my nails look a whole lot healthier. So what is involved in this process? 

There's actually just one step: the do everything, wonder product known as Aquaphor. Diaper rash? Check. Dry lips? Double check. Dry skin? Sunburn? Seriously Aquaphor treats it all. Aquaphor is one of those products I always keep in stock.

I recommend doing the whole nail polish removal process the night before so that your nails have a little break overnight from polishes, removers and other random things you're putting on them. Hey whatever you're into folks, no judgement here.

Before going to bed, dab a bit of Aquaphor on your cuticles. When I tried this myself, I was surprised at the difference I saw after just one night's use on my normally dry cuticles. Aquaphor can also be used after the nails are dry to add a little moisture back into the cuticles of your now perfectly manicured nails.

You can purchase Aquaphor pretty much anywhere you can buy personal goods. Grocery stores, drugstores, and your favorite giant retailer -- Walmart, Target, K-Mart, etc. Good luck keeping those mani's chip-free!