1) Use nail polish remover to get rid of old polish.
2) Shape nails with file, but keep length short (its the most elegant and easiest to maintain shape).
3) Massage a cuticle oil or cream to dry nail beds, push back cuticles with orange wood stick or cuticle pusher.
4) Wash hands with soap and nail brush (if you don't have a nail brush you can use a designated tooth brush).
5) Rub on hydrating hand lotion, look for one with Shea butter or glycerin.