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Everything You Need in Your Nail Care Kit [Slideshow]

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Women and girls the world over enjoy getting a nice, relaxing manicure and/or pedicure. However, getting a manicure is not the only way to take care of your nails. Having good nails means more than just looking pretty. By taking good care of your nails, you can avoid common nail-based health issues like nail fungus. One way is by having a personalized nail care kit and doing regular manicures and pedicures. Here’s a list of everything you need for a basic nail care kit.

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A small container

Your small container should be large enough to comfortably hold water as well as one of your feet. This is so you can easily wash off any dirt or harmful substance that may be on your hands or feet.

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A buffer

A buffer is a small, square piece of foam that has a scratchy texture on one side. This tool is used to make nails smoother by removing the top layer of the nail which has been impacted by the elements in the environment.

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Nail file

A nail file is a small, metal or wooden stick that has a sandpaper-like texture on the top edge. A nail filer is used in place of scissors to trim a nail into the desired shape.

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Clear coat nail polish

A clear coat nail polish is colorless lacquer. As a result, you will not be able to see this type of nail polish when it’s applied to nails. Often, clear coat nail polish it put on a nail before and after colored nail polish or by itself. The result is the same, however, as in both cases, clear coat nail polish strengthens the nail by providing an extra layer of protection against denting, scratching, and chipping of the nail.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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