Let’s face it: One of the best parts about summer is finally getting the chance to kick back, relax and spend your days lounging at the beach, by the pool or even binge-watching your favorite Netflix series —without judgment. You should adopt the same attitude when it comes to your beauty routine, namely, your nails. Despite popular belief, you can have great nails with minimal effort. Keep reading to discover easy ways to keep your tips in check all summer long.
Tip #1: Swap your body lotion for coconut oil
Who has time to apply cuticle oil 1-2 times a day? Though you shouldn’t skip this step—blazing temps can leave your cuticles dry and flaky—there is an easy way to incorporate cuticle moisturization into your routine without even realizing it: Trade your go-to body lotion for coconut oil. That way, every time you lather up after a shower, you’ll be hydrating your cuticles at the same time—no additional care necessary. Plus, you also be giving your feet some much-needed moisturization—a major must during flip-flop season.
Tip #2: Apply a strengthening top coat before a pool or beach day
Soaking your nails can cause your mani to prematurely chip. To ensure you get the longest wear out of your polish, apply a strengthening top coat before spending time in the water. Another easy way to get prolonged wearability? Opt for a waterless mani and pedi service.
Tip #3: Always apply base coat
While base coat should already be a regular step in your polish routine, it’s especially important during the summer months. Heat can cause your polish to stain your nails, leaving them with a not-so-cute yellow tint.
Tip #4: Stash hand lotion in your purse, car, desk, and nightstand
If you’re constantly searching for your hand lotion, you’re less likely to actually apply it. Make it easy on yourself by keeping a travel-size lotion within reach at all times. Another must? Opt for formulas with an SPF 15 or higher to ensure that your hands are protected when you’re driving or out and about.
Tip #5: Stick with gel polish
If you are a true lazy girl that simply can’t be bothered with reapplying topcoat or polish during the summertime, opt for a gel manicure and pedicure instead. Not only will gel polish stay on your nails for up to 10 days without chipping or dulling, but it will also stand up to the elements—with minimal care required.
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