• How to achieve naturally beautiful buff nails

    August 15, 2019 • BEAUTY, DIY RECIPES, GUIDES, LIFE

    Beautiful ‘buff’ nails are all about giving your hands, feet and nails a whole lotta love, and nurturing their natural beauty, rather than covering up with polish what you may see as imperfections.

    Nails that constantly break or peel could signal being dried out. Frequent hand washing, washing the dishes without gloves, dry weather, laundry and house cleaning, gardening, frequent manicures, hand sanitiser, and even not drinking enough water, can all contribute to nails drying out.

    How to achieve naturally beautiful buff nails | Biome Eco Stores

    1. Avoid harsh detergents

    Avoid harsh detergents, synthetic fragrances and chemicals: liquid hand wash, conventional dish washing liquid, laundry whiteners and hand sanitisers cause greatest damage. Use gloves for washing up and gentle, synthetic fragrance-free, natural detergents and hand wash. This makes a huge difference!

    2. Moisturise

    And moisturise often, not just once a day! Keep a hand cream in your bag or on the sink, so you can moisturise after every hand wash. And don’t forget your feet and toe nails. Rub a balm into your feet before bed.

    Find moisturising hand creams and balms here > 

    How to achieve naturally beautiful buff nails | Biome Eco Stores

    3. Buff instead of polish

    Trim, file and buff for a healthy natural look. When filing, pull the file from the outer edge to the middle, never back and forth.

    Look for a special buffing board that has several surfaces from fine to more coarse, and be gentle.

    4. Brightening

    Once you stop wearing polish you may notice some yellowing. Give the nails a boost with this brightening treatment. Mix to a paste ½ tsp olive oil + 1 Tbsp bi carb + juice of ½ lemon. Use an old toothbrush or nail brush to gently scrub nails for a minute and then let the mixture sit on nails for five minutes. Rinse.

    Time without any polish will solve this also, but in the meantime gentle buffing may also help to shed the top layer of enamel.

    5. Cuticles

    Cuticles are a barrier to bacteria and cutting them back is risky. Rub in olive or almond oil then gently push back with a cuticle pusher.

    DIY nail strengthening treatments: Mix: 2 tsp castor oil + 2 tsp salt + 1 tsp wheat germ oil. Mix and store in airtight bottle. Rub a small amount onto your nails. Leave for 3 to 5 minutes. Wipe off.

    DIY cuticle oil recipe: 3 tsp olive oil + 1 tsp jojoba oil + 1 tsp avocado oil, 12 drops each lavender, rosemary and lemon essential oils. Mix and store in an airtight container.

    Find DIY skin care ingredients to make these recipes and more here > 

    How to achieve naturally beautiful buff nails | Biome Eco Stores

    6. Diet and water

    Nails and hair are made up of keratin, and that means the same foods that are good for your hair are good for your nails. Choose a varied diet rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidant fruits and veggies, protein, and minerals.

    Drink plenty of water too.

    Why Biome has decided to remove nail polish from our stores

    One of our core values at Biome is being toxic free, another being palm oil free.

    For quite some time, we have been concerned about the toxicity of nail polish.  Brands can do their utmost to remove the highly toxic nasties contained in nail varnish.  But, truth be known, the remaining ingredients still contain toxins that can absorb into the skin.

    So, we asked ourselves the question.  As a toxin free business, should we be stocking nail polish?

    Discovering the following, was just the icing on the cake.

    During our recent palm oil auditing process, we came across ingredients which are used in the manufacturing process of nail polish.  Stearalkonium bentonite and Stearalkonium hectorite which have never previously been flagged by any organisation as having palm oil content.  The word Stearal in the name caused is to look deeply into these ingredients and not only research, but also contact manufacturers of these ingredients.

    So where is the palm oil?

    Both Stearalkonium bentonite and Stearalkonium Hectorite are chemical compositions mixed with bentonite clay or hectorite, which is a principal part of bentonite clay.  In both cases, these clays are then combined with Stearalkonium Chloride, which contains ammonium salt and Stearic acid.  The palm oil content is in the Stearic Acid.

    Out of curiosity, we have since searched every single brand of nail polish, all of which contain either Stearalkonium Bentonite or Stearalkonium Hectorite.

    Biome will always place ethics and values before profit.  We were the first retail store to take a stance against products containing palm oil. Now, we are one of the few retail outlets with toxin free values to choose not to offer nail polish.

    We look forward to promoting more natural alternatives to nail care and hope you will join us on this journey.  Read more here about what we found when we looked into the toxins in “x free” nail polish.

    Why ‘non toxic’ nail polish may still be harming you and the environment