Archive | February 2012

DIY Nail Care

So, your nails need a little TLC but you don’t have the time to get a manicure?  No worries!  Here are some quick and easy ways for you to keep your nails healthy and beautiful between manicure visits.

  • Rub a slice of lime on your nails twice a day for pinkish nails.
  • Take more calcium and Biotin (this will prevent getting white spots on your nails )
  • Rub your nails and cuticles with olive oil every day. Just dip a cotton ball in the oil and rub into your nails. Then let it soak in for up to five minutes. This is a great way to keep your nails and cuticles conditioned and moisturized.
  •  Massage your nails with almond oil daily . Not only will this make your nails stronger, but it will also give them a healthy shine.

Continuous wear of colored nail polish can darken your nails over time. Nail polish robs your nails of oxygen. It’s always a good idea to give your nails a “vacation” from nail color so they can breathe and get fresh air.  However, if you need some extra help with nail whitening, try these home remedies.

  • Scrub your nails with a whitening toothpaste to help with discoloration.
  • Another idea:  soak your nails in water with lemon wedges.  Lemons are a natural astringent and can help restore your nails to their natural color.
  • Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one tablespoon of baking soda to make a paste. Put on the center of nail and leave on for five minutes. Rinse off.
  • Dissolve a whitening denture tablet in water.  Soak your nails in the solution for three to five minutes to help with whitening.

Hope these ideas help!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

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Gel Nail Polish: Too Good To Be True?

There is nothing worse than getting a manicure on Thursday and having the nail polish chip by Saturday.  That’s why I get gel nail polish because it lasts up to two, sometimes three weeks. Yes, the process is longer than your traditional manicure.  But to me, it’s worth it.   Now, two thirds of nail […]

UV Nail Lamps: Are They Safe ?

You’ve seen them in your local nail salons.  Those little UV lamps that emit blue light and are used to set your long lasting Shellac manicures or gel powder sets.  I use them every two weeks for my manicures and I’m always wondering if I’m putting my health at risk.  So, I did a little research.

An Austin-based case study reported in 2009 that two women developed non-melanoma skin cancer – cancer that occurs in the outer layer of the skin – on the tops of their hands from exposure to nail lamps. Both women were middle-aged, otherwise healthy, and had no cancer history. This does not prove that UV nail lamps definitely cause skin cancer, however.  This was a small study; larger clinical trials will be necessary to determine a link to cancer.

Scientists with CND (Creative Nail Design) offer more reassuring information.  It’s important to note this is the same company behind CND Shellac, the manicures that last up to two, good weeks.  These manicures require drying with UV lamps.

In 2010, CND scientists found three main points that support the safety of UV lamps:

  •  UV nail lamps have less UV-B light (cause of sunburn and skin cancer) output than natural sunlight. The amount of UV-B light in ten minute exposure to nail lamps is “the equivalent to an extra 30 seconds in sunlight each day of the two weeks between nail salon appointments.”
  •  UV nail lamps use special bulbs with internal coatings that filter out most of the UV-B light.
  •  A client’s hand can receive more exposure to UV light while driving a car than they would receive from UV gel and Shellac™ services. Drying nails in a UV nail lamp is safer than glove-free driving.

So, can UV nail lamps cause cancer?  I can’t answer that question because I am not a doctor.  Will this prevent me from getting my gel nail polish manicures?  No, probably not.  I don’t think three to five minutes of light exposure every two weeks will do me any harm.  But equip yourself with the right information and the right research to make an informed decision on your own.  If you are really concerned, ask your dermatologist.

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Timing is Everything

Your time is limited.  Between school, work and/or motherhood you BARELY have enough time to squeeze in 5 or 6 hours of sleep every night.  So, how can you manage to find the time to get a manicure or massage every now and then?  Well, timing is everything, especially when it comes to your pampering […]