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This post is all about a quick and easy at-home nail care routine for busy moms -like you. Time to say goodbye to embarrassing nails with a nail care routine you can squeeze into your busy schedule.
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Being a mom takes a lot of time and energy out of you. With all the things you have to do everyday for your children, your own needs tend to take a backseat. I understand it can be difficult to find time to take care of your own needs – like your nails.
You’re constantly washing your hands after diaper changes and before preparing meals. You incessantly wash dishes and bottles and pump parts. These are all things that can really beat up your nails. Life gets so busy with all of its demands and then one day you look down at your fingernails and just cringe!
We’ve all been there before – many times. You’re truly not alone. And yes, you can probably set aside the time and money to spend an hour at the nail salon to get a manicure. But what if you don’t have the spare time or the allowance in your budget? And what if you choose not to go out to get a luxury service done during a pandemic?
Well, I can assure you that doing your own nails at home in just 10-15 minutes minutes every other week is actually possible. Yes, a quick and easy at-home nail care routine for busy moms does exist and I’m here to guide you through the steps.
Quick & Easy Nail Care Routine for Busy Moms to do At Home:
1. Quick trim.
As a mom of 3 young kids, I like to keep my nails on the shorter side. I change about a dozen diapers a day, give 3 baths per day, and wipe my toddler’s butt (sorry if you think that’s too much information, but it’s the truth). Plus, I have to do all of these tasks with lightning speed. Therefore, I keep my nails short to avoid scratching my babies’ delicate skin.
Another reason to keep nails short is for hygienic reasons. Shorter nails harbor less bacteria and are easier to clean. That’s important when I have to go from cleaning up the kids to washing my hands then on to preparing their meals. Plus, in these pandemic days it’s never been more imperative to keep your hands and nails clean.
To trim your nails, start by trimming them with a nail clipper. I use what would normally be considered toenail clippers for my fingernails. The longer cutting edge allows you to make one straight cut across your fingernails so you can achieve a square-ish shape easily.
Just remember to designate these clippers as fingernail clippers to prevent cross contamination. Toenails tend to carry more bacteria and potential to spread fungus, so I like to make these my dedicated fingernail clippers.
2. File gently.
Use a crystal glass nail file to even out the edges of your nails. A crystal glass nail file is gentler on your nails because it has a smoother grit. A rougher grit could cause more splitting on natural nails and are best reserved for artificial nails.
Avoid a back-and-forth sawing motion while filing your nails. It’s best to start at one corner of a nail and file inward (toward the center of the nail). Repeat filing in that direction until you get the desired shape on that one side. Then, go to the other corner and shape toward the center of your nail again. Repeat this motion until the shape of that side matches what the other side looks like.
It sounds a bit complicated, but the motions begin to feel like second-nature very quickly. Filing this way helps prevent splitting of your nails. But hey, don’t overthink it. The goal is to get it done quickly, because something is better than nothing (am I right?). Just be sure to use a crystal glass nail file since it’s gentler on your natural nails.
3. Dissolve cuticles away.
I seriously advise you not to cut your cuticles. Instead, use a product that can help dissolve them away. I speak from experience. Cutting your cuticles could leave them open to infection or painful skin-peeling, so try your best not to cut them off, as tempting as that may be.
Apply a cuticle removal gel like Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover to dissolve away your cuticles. First, apply a drop of gel to each cuticle. Next, use cuticle pusher to gently spread it around the entire cuticle and wait for 5 minutes. Finally, use your cuticle pusher to push back the cuticle and dead skin and gently scrape it away. Rinse off the gel from your nails with mild soapy water.
Only use a cuticle nipper to snip off any hang nails you may have. When you do use a cuticle cutter, simply place it at the base of the piece of skin you would like to cut and squeeze to cut. Don’t pull the skin while cutting. That could cause pieces of skin to peel down your finger which is painful. Yikes! So yeah, try not to cut, but if you must – just squeeze.
4. Quick Buff.
To get smooth, ridge-free nails, buff your nails with a buffing block. A buffing block has 3 different surfaces. Each side has a different purpose. One side can smooth out uneven nails and remove some stains. A second side can stimulate nail growth. And the third side can give your nails a completely natural shine and make it seem like you’re wearing a clear coat of nail polish when you’re really not.
“A buffing block can make your nails look so shiny, people will think you’re wearing clear coat.”
The Onsen Professional Nail Buffing Block in this set is perfect for buffing and polishing. Here’s how to use it.
First, hold the buffing block by its ends and use slight pressure to slide the silver pad across each nail in the same direction and repeat 5 times over each nail. This will smooth down most of the ridges and indentations on your nails.
Next, use the aqua-colored side of the block and use the same one-direction motion across each nail and repeat 5 times over each nail. This aqua-colored side will stimulate nail growth.
Finally, use the white side of the block buff to get a glossy shine. I love that natural high-shine. Your nails look polished and you won’t have to worry about your nail polish chipping off.
Just spend 5-10 seconds buffing each nail to a shine. There’s really no need to spend to much time on this step. In about 2 weeks, you’ll buff any new growth and the old growth will get a bit more polishing at the same time.
Try not to overthink the buffing step. Just buff in one direction and do it for only a few seconds on each nail.
We want this to be a quick and easy at-home nail care routine for all you busy moms. Like I said before, just doing something is better than doing nothing at all.
If you choose not to buff your nails to a high shine, use ella+mila First Aid Kiss Nail Strengthener for a glossy shine with nourishing and strengthening effects.
5. Condition with a quality cuticle cream.
Conditioning your cuticles with a good cuticle cream is an important step. But why cuticle cream? Why can’t you simply use hand lotion on your cuticles?
Cuticle cream is actually different from other types of skin creams. It contains a certain mixture of oils and waxes that you probably won’t find in other skin creams.
Onsen’s Cuticle Conditioner in this set is great for this step. Apply it to your cuticles and rub it in with a nice massaging motion.
Daily cuticle conditioning is also important. Remember, your hands are constantly getting battered by hand-washing and dish-washing, so you’ll have to condition your cuticles daily.
I like to use Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream on a daily basis. It literally takes 10 seconds to apply a small amount to each of my cuticles before I go to sleep or whenever I find them dry. It’s so easy to use yet I get a luxurious feeling and a sense of satisfaction that I’m doing something to care for myself.
6. Moisturize and restore the skin on your hands.
I can’t stress enough the importance of moisturizing the skin on your hands. Your hands take a serious beating from all the hand-washing and dish-washing you do as a busy mom.
The minerals found in water and the soaps that you use on your hands and dishes can detrimentally strip the moisture from your skin. For this reason, you have to add the moisture back by applying a nourishing lotion like First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration after each time your hand touches water.
If you can’t invest in a pricey intensive hand cream at the moment, just promise that you’ll use any kind of skin moisturizer to hydrate your skin after each hand or dish washing. This is an essential yet quick and easy part of at-home nail care for all you busy moms out there.
Secret Tip to restore the skin on your hands…
I usually reserve my more pricey moisturizing creams for my face only. For my neck and chest, I use a more affordable restorative facial cream since they’re larger areas and require more product. I’m always looking for a way to save a few dollars.
My product of choice for my neck and chest areas is Pond’s Crema S 24h Moisturizing Cream. That’s because it’s highly effective and you can find a 14-ounce jar for under $9. At this point, you’re probably wondering why am I even talking about face cream. Well, here’s why.
The secret to restoring the skin on your hands is to take some of that Pond’s Crema S that you’re applying to your neck and chest and simply apply it to your hands, too, before going to bed. This will allow it’s restorative properties to work not only on your neck and chest, but on your hands, as well. The skin on your hands needs love, too, so don’t forget about it. When you wake up in the morning, your hands will feel soft and supple.
Share the love! Send other busy moms a nail care package.
Encourage your friends that are also busy moms to pamper themselves with a quick and easy at-home nail care routine, too. Customize a personalized makeup pouch with your friend’s name on it and fill it with all the nail care goodies we talked about today. This would make a thoughtful gift for any busy mom you know.
You might even be able to set aside some time to do your nails together while chatting and enjoying a nice cup of decaf tea in the evening after the kids have gone off to bed. You can do this over a FaceTime call or Facebook Messenger video call for a nail care get-together.
Taking time to care for yourself is not selfish. As a mom, you give so much of yourself and your time to your family. This quick and easy at-home nail care routine for busy moms is the least you could do to pamper yourself.
As promised, here are 3 FREE self-care digital poster art downloads. Print them, frame them, and use them as reminders to show yourself some love.
I hope you can find the time in your busy schedule to take care of your nails and yourself. Pencil it into your agenda or enter it into your phone calendar and repeat it every 2 weeks. Treat yourself to this relaxing time when the kids are finally asleep. If you’ve found this easy nail care for busy moms post helpful or have any suggestions, please reach out to me on my contact page. I’d love to hear from you!
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