Keep nails a workable length, and do not use your fingernails as tools, use pads of fingers instead.
Your life style and what work you do will also make a difference how long you can make a fresh manicure last.
Use protective gloves while doing tasks around the home, including gardening or washing the dishes.
Keep your cuticles soft by applying cuticle oil and moisturiser once or twice a day. I recommend both Dadi Oil and small amount of hand cream or Janesce Calendula Cream applied to damp skin.
Drink plenty of water and eat well. A healthy inside means a health outside!
Avoid harsh and drying soaps.
If you have a nail condition (such as soft or brittle nails) – it would need to be treated accordingly. Have a look at the IBX Nail Treatment!
Once in a while, add a mask treatment to your manicure to soften your skin and cuticle.
When the polish starts chipping off, remove it with nail polish remover, then apply cuticle oil.
Regular and professional manicures at least every 2-4 weeks for maintenance. You’ll also be able to have any questions answered.
Ask for advice! Nail conditions (like fungal infections) can be hard to identify, but can also be easy to treat when caught early. You can ask your beauty therapist, your nail technician, your pharmacist and your doctor.
Moisturise your hands with the Janesce Calendula Cream or hand cream before you put rubber gloves on to wash dishes. The heat of the dish water will help skin absorb the lotion, and when the dishes are done your hands will be extra soft!
Pedicures & Foot Care
Wear open toe shoes if possible, change socks or tights daily
Apply Janesce Calendula Cream or Foot Cream daily - this is an amazing preventative and cure for dry, cracked heels!
For long term improvements book in for regular pedicures and use a pumice stone gently in-between pedicures to keep hard skin under control.
If you suffer from dry cracked heels (especially when the seasons change), you need to read try this At-Home Treatment in-between pedicures. This method is great as both a preventative and cure for dry, cracked or split heels (try three times a week!)
Care for Your Gel Polish
It is highly recommended to use a cuticle oil and moisturiser daily.
Don’t pick it! Pulling the polish off your nails can damage your natural nail and make regrowth a long and painful process. By peeling off a gel manicure, you are not only removing the gel, but also the top layers of these delicate cells, resulting in white patches and textural irregularities throughout the nails.
Your gel polish can be safely removed by your therapist. The products we use are completely safe for your nails! All nail enhancement products are safe for the natural nail if properly applied, maintained and removed.
If you can add an IBX nail treatment before a gel polish manicure, it will give your nails extra strength and extra protection. It’s also great as a stand alone treatment, or to have after the removal of gel polish.