Don't Put It Off
Even if your wedding is a year away, there's no time like the present to get into a good routine for taking care of your hands and nails. Once it becomes a habit, this is a routine that you can benefit from for the rest of your life. It may take a couple of months to get your desired nail shape. Once you have it, you'll want to make sure those nails are strong and healthy enough to hold that shape.
Use hand lotion that contains SPF daily and exfoliate regularly to keep your skin soft and smooth. Give those cuticles some extra-special attention too. It may take months to get them where they need to be. This is where your nails grow from, and the healthier your cuticle is, the better chance you have for a healthy nail. After you shower and the cuticles are still soft, gently push them back, and use a conditioner on them nightly before you go to bed. Never cut them. If there is the risk of a hangnail, it's best to use a cuticle remover or let a professional take care of it.
Cut your nails slightly longer than your desired length so that they won't be too short when you file them. Always file in one direction, straight across the nail rather than back and forth. You can file lightly around the edges to clean up any snags or rough spots. Once a month it's okay to gently buff them for a smooth, shiny finish, but any more than that could cause weakening of the nail.
Always apply a base coat before putting on nail polish. This is how you keep your nails from staining. When you are ready to take the polish off, only use removers that are non-acetone or soy-based. Acetone removers are meant to be used to take off acrylic nails and gels. If you need to have that type of nail taken off, let a pro do it. Just make sure you don't have that done too close to the wedding day.
Take Your Vitamins
A daily dose of healthy vitamins and minerals is important to your overall health, which includes your hands and nails. Vitamin B and biotin capsules are especially great for your nails. They allow your body to better metabolize fats, proteins, and amino acids which boost your nail's hardness, elasticity, and sheen.
Cover Them Up
If you can't talk your fiance into handling all of the household chores involving cleaners and chemicals, make sure that you wear gloves to protect all of that hard work you've been putting into the beauty of your hands and nails. If you are in a cold climate, gloves are great for helping to keep hands from chapping and drying out, along with a good moisturizing routine.
Leave the Final Look to a Pro
Your wedding day manicure should be scheduled a few days before the big event. A manicurist knows all the best tricks and tips to make the hand that will be wearing that wedding ring look its absolute best. Make sure that you have a bottle of the correct shade of polish to take home with you for any last minute touch-ups that may be needed.
Following a regular healthy routine for a few months before the wedding should result in breathtaking hands and nails for showing off your brand new ring. While you're at it, get your husband-to-be to begin his own skin and nail routine. His hands will be highlighted in some of your wedding photos, plus it's always fun to partner with someone when you start something new. Complete the look by slipping into an exquisite wedding dress from our South Florida bridal salon, and no one will be able to take their eyes off of you!
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