How to care for your nail polish

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Every woman has some nail polish shades that she loves more than others in her collection. Whether it cost a couple of dollars or $20, you want your favorite polish to last as long as possible. Did you know that the standard life of nail polish about 2 years? That may seem like a long time, but it goes by quickly! But if you follow these care tips, then you’ll be able to extend the life of the nail polish you love.


Some people think that putting their nail polish bottles in the refrigerator are a way to extend the life of the polish, and are part of good nail care, but don’t do that! Especially when you have several nail polishes you want to preserve. When the scientists that create beauty products do product testing, they test them in a various range of temperatures. And if you mess with the temperature of the nail polish, then you can actually impact how the chemicals combined in the polish work together – which would actually decrease the life of your nail polish. Sure, it may seem to go on smoother when you grab it from the fridge cold, but your body heat will instantly warm up the polish, which could damage it, further.


Then where should you store it? The correct answer to that question is a dark, cool space – like a drawer in your home. There are ways you can get creative with how you store and display them, if that’s something you’re interested in, as long as you keep in mind the temperature needs for the polish to be maintained. Also, you can keep them out on a desk, but be careful about sunlight. Depending on the type of polish and the shade, leaving the polish out in the light could potentially cause the colors to fade, permanently damaging the polish.


Another thing you can do to lengthen the life of your nail polish is to pay attention to the bottle after you’ve just painted your nails. When you’re finished, take a minute to wipe the opening of the bottle with a paper towel, to keep the top clean and clear. If polish is not coming off, using just a touch of nail polish remover will take it right off. Why is this important? Because when you do this, you’re actually preserving the air tight seal of the bottle, which will ultimately extend the life of your nail polish.


By following these tips, you should be able to get several more months out of your favorite nail polishes. Especially when colors you love are hard to find, or they’re even going to be discontinued, having extra bottles on hand that can be preserved for a while will serve you well for your nail care needs.

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