The 10 Most Used Nail Tools

To give your hands and feet professional treatment, you need these basic supplies

1. Nail Cutter

A nail cutter or a nail clipper is the most basic tool that you require for a manicure or a pedicure. Your nails are a breeding ground for bacteria and are one of the dirtiest parts of your body. Trimming them from time to time is important if you want to maintain your overall health. It’s best to keep them short at all times as this helps to prevent the spread of diseases.

How To Use Nail Cutter?

You can either use a nail cutter/clipper or nail scissors to trim your nails. Make sure your tool is clean before you begin. Place your nail between your nail cutter, making sure you aren’t touching the skin. Do not cut too much as this can expose the sensitive part of your nail bed and lead to infections.

2. Cuticle Pusher

Cuticles require special care so they don’t become dry or flaky. A cuticle pusher is used to push the skin from your nails back and away. If you have tough, hard skin then it’s best to use a steel cuticle pusher. If you have soft cuticles, use a wooden one.

How To Use Cuticle Pusher?

You should never cut your cuticles, only push them back and be gentle! If you happen to slice the thin lining on the bottom of your nail bed, it will lead to infection. Use the spoon end to push it back, it’s that simple. Use the sharper end to push against the cuticles around the corners. Be as gentle as you can.

3. Cuticle Nipper

A cuticle nipper is a tool that is used to deal with hanging nails, tough cuticles, and the dry skin around your nails. It offers great precision to reach those tight spaces and trim those annoying ingrown nails. It also enables the delicate removal of unwanted soft tissue around your nails.

How To Use Cuticle Nipper?

Once the cuticle is pushed back, it’s time to use the cuticle nipper. If you have tiny pieces of skin or cuticle around your nail bed, use this tool to gently trim the unsightly skin. Use an upward motion to lift this dead skin up and away from the nail.

4. Nail Buffer

Have you ever wondered how to achieve naturally glossy nails? If you want to get rid of the dullness on your nails, use a nail buffer to provide your nails with shine. It also helps to remove any dry ridges or peeling on your nails by smoothening them out. The main purpose of this tool is to polish your nails and give them a consistent look.

How To Use Nail Buffer?

Before you start, make sure your nails have been soaked and cleaned. Ensure your nails are dry and always buff in one direction. You can go either forward or backward – it’s best to stick with one. Don’t be over-enthusiastic and buff too vigorously as this may cause thinning of nails. Also, excessive buffing is harmful – just once a month will help you preserve the shine of your nails.

5. Nail File

This tool is used to gently grind down the edges of your nails, making them smoother and helping you in shaping them. There are various types of nail files in the market – emery boards and plain metal files being the most commonly used tools. It’s advisable to use emery boards as they are more gentle. Metal files tend to be very harsh on your nails.

How To Use Nail File?

Before you begin, ensure your nails are dry because wet nails split more easily. Hold the file at a 45-degree angle, parallel to the sides of your nails. Start at one corner and move to the center of your nail. Apply less pressure and file the nails in only one direction for a smooth finish.

6. Foot File

A foot file is used to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells and calluses usually found on the bottom of your feet. Doing this also helps in getting rid of cracked skin on feet.

How To Use

Before you start exfoliating with a foot file, you need to soak your hands or feet in warm, soapy water for at least ten minutes. Once your dry skin softens, wet the file and gently rub it over the area you’re working on.

7. Nail Dust Brush

Nail brushes are used for thorough cleaning of nails. They can also be used to remove stubborn stains or dirt from the nails. If you simply want your nails to look as neat as possible, you can use this daily.

How To Use Nail Brush?

Start by holding the nail brush under warm water and squirting a small amount of anti-bacterial soap onto the brush. Move the brush from side to side over your nails, creating lather while doing so. Once you finish, wash up and dab some moisturizer on. Say hello to squeaky clean nails!

8. Toe Separator

This is used to place between your toes before you put on nail polish, so it doesn’t smudge. Additionally, this wonderful tool helps realign joints, improve circulation and straighten any bent toes which help with foot pain. Multi-purpose, much?

How To Use Toe Separator?

Just place this between your toes for a while and do your thing – apply nail polish, perhaps? Simple!

9. Orangewood Stick

An orangewood stick is used to push the cuticle, clean nail dirt, and correct nail enamel colors. These sticks are made of orangewood and have a flat angled end while the other is pointy. You can also dip it into a nail remover and clean the smudges of nail paint on your surrounding skin. They help in quick fixes and are handy for effective manicure and pedicure sessions at home.

How To Use Orangewood Stick?

Soak your nails in water for 5 minutes. Then, take the pointed end and push the cuticle back gently. If needed, use the stick’s flat edge or tapered edge to correct the nail enamel color. Next, clean the dirt with the help of the tip end of the stick.

10. Callus Remover

A callus remover or foot scraper efficiently gets rid of dead, dry, and rough skin from your heels to reveal softer, smoother skin.

How To Use

Start by soaking your feet in a basin of warm water for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, lay a towel next to the basin and put your feet on it to dry them. Your feet need to be dry enough to use the callus remover effectively but moist enough to stay soft. Check for the areas that are callused and scrape the skin using a downward motion until all areas of your foot are smooth.

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