“Bastien Gonzalez and his team of experts answer your questions on taking care of your feet, hands and nails.”

How do I cut my nails properly?

Firstly, nails must be dry when they are cut. Cut the top of the nail straight across using a chisel or a nail clipper, and lightly file the corners. You should never cut deep into the edges because this can cause in growing nails. Choose a glass file for its softness and long-term effectiveness.

File your nails regularly to maintain a perfect line. My advice is to always keep 1 or 2 mm of the white part of the nail, as this will avoid future problems.

What is the difference between regular nail polish and gel nail polish?

If I have to choose between them, I prefer regular nail polish with new generation of colours, at least they are less aggressive for your nails. Like all things that are easy and convenient, one tends to ignore the downsides.

Gel nails are the manicure equivalent of ready meals – quick, convenient and tasty-looking, but not exactly good for you. What you really should worry about that gel nail polish will replace the nail and slowly your nails will become very weak and break.

Do not forget that in line with a healthy life we need to care about the nails and feet same way as you taking care about the shape of your body, organic food and skin quality.

Why is it important to remove nail polish the same day?

Why is it that women wear nail polish for weeks on end? It is make-up for the nails. It should be only for special occasions. After three days the pigment will start to burn the nail plate and discolour the nail, you will get this plastic effect of the polish, which will start to dry the nails and make it change the colour and break.

I’m not against the use of nail polish occasionally, but not all the time.  Usually when the guest comes for the first time they don’t know that gel, varnish or other applications are unhealthy for the nail if worn for longer than three days.  We are focusing on wellbeing and treating the nails and skin as part of our healthy concept.

Some people believe that the buffing process it’s bad for the nails and might cause them to become thin and fragile, can you please explain your point of view?

My treatments include a special buffing technique, a skill which I acquired from my great grandmother.

We do a high gloss buffing of the nail, which is completely natural and makes the nail healthier due an increase of blood circulation on the nail bed.

As a man, I’m in love with buffing as it makes your nails looks shine naturally beautiful. But not all buffing is the same, I’ve relaunched my buffing 20 years ago and after that many salons start to use this technique of natural shine as well.

But they don’t know the secret, which is in a special magic cream and great natural Chamois leather. Buffing with chamois leather is the best treatment for nail as it will help the microcirculation of the blood under the nail and bring life to a part of the body where blood circulation is not usually good.

Cold feet and cold hands are very common for women.

So buffing is a super good touch, but only when it is done properly!

What is your advice for women who have to keep their nails polished?

I would still suggest to give some rest to your nails. You can follow this rule: change the colour every three days, the night before you paint them again use some oils and take some supplements for stronger nails.

Also, when your nails are very weak you must create micro vibration to stimulate the blood circulation to make the nail stronger and buff them with chamois between colour!

But if you can, try to give a break the rest of the time. The nail can be beautifully natural, healthy and shiny, there is no need for polish.

How do I apply my nail polish correctly?

A few basic rules before you start talking about nail varnish application: Nail varnish is like makeup. In the same way as the make-up on your face, you should not keep varnish on your nails for too long.

You have already seen your nails yellowing or with white marks: this is caused by the products in the varnish. An important rule is therefore not to keep it on for more than 4 to 5 days.

Remove varnish regularly, and reapply if necessary. A classic application consists of a base coat, one or two colour coats and a top coat. It is important to let the varnish dry between each stage to avoid early flaking.

For the colour, shake the product vigorously so that all the components fuse together; soak the brush, and make sure to remove the excess from one side. The nails on little toes are often short, so you don’t need to dip the brush for each nail.

It’s experience and repetition that will make you an expert!