NailMania – Top tips for healthy strong natural nails
Im editing this post in early January 2020 as Ive just taken off SNS nails and am doing my best to get my nails back to their great condition. I thought this was a great opportunity to revisit this post and update it a little.
While I’m no professional here are a few tried and tested tips as well as some of the products that keep my nails looking good and ready for my biweekly polish routine.
Take care of your cuticles! The skin around your nail is there to protect your nail bed. If you don’t take steps to care for them you will most likely end up with dry, cracked skin around your nails and even worse the dreaded “hangnails” When giving yourself a manicure don’t forget to treat your cuticles with a medicated remover such as a cuticle removing products such as this one from Manicare before pushing the cuticles back very gently with a tool such as an orange stick.
Finally, invest in a good hand cream and cuticle treatment. Cuticle treatments are often in the form of nourishing oils and are designed to be used after your manicure to moisturise your cuticles and make the manicure look more finished. There are lots of options on the market from the high end Dior to Lush as well as generic balms such as the cult fave from Lanolips
A good hand cream is a handbag, workstation and bedside essential not only to keep your hands nice and soft but also to keep the nails supple and flexible. If you’re after something super rich and emollient give the L’occitane range or Lanolips Rose Balm Intense for something lighter try the fruity range from The Body Shop, from the drugstore Jergens Hand and Nail cream is great and you can’t forget the cult favourite of Soap and Glory’s Hand Food.
There are dozens of different nail treatments and hardeners on the market in a multitude of formats and formulas. Some are designed to strengthen the nail by strengthening the essential building blocks of our nails (keratin) such as the Revitanail strengthening serum, others like the Sally Hansen 18k gold hardener use tiny gold particles to create a barrier. Nail Tek can be purchased from nail salons and helps to bond the nails and protect against splitting. Its designed for damaged nails and is recommended after shellac or acrylic nails have been removed. You need to find what works for you. Ive used all these products and really like the Revitanail and Sally Hansen systems. Manicare also do some amazing products that are readily available and affordable.
Your fingernails along with your skin are a reflection of your overall health. Weak, thin or peeling nails might be a sign that there is a vitamin or mineral deficiency in your system. Even with a healthy and varied diet sometimes our bodies need a little help to keep them working properly. A vitamin supplement containing Vitamin B, Calcium and Silica will help to keep your body producing healthy doses of the keratin that your hair and nails are made from. There are even specific diet supplements on the market that are particularly aimed at improving nail and hair health.
- January 22, 2015
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