The holiday season saw our nails painted, polished – and in some cases – extended well beyond their natural lengths. And though we here at Beauty Coach love gazing down at freshly shellacked tips, the practice has taken a serious toll on the health of our nails. So this month, we’re trying something a little bit different. Over the next few weeks, we’re resolving to amp up our at-home nail care game – and get out tips in their best shape yet.
Read on to discover our simple nail recovery guide, perfect for rehabilitating nails that have been hiding under a gel manicure, or those that are simply brittle and dry due to the bitter winter weather.
Tip 1: Fill in ridges. If you’re a longstanding nail salon client, you’re probably familiar with the unsightly ridges and grooves left behind by a recently abandoned gel manicure – or alternatively – nail extensions. Post removal, we recommend strengthening and reviving the surface of your natural nails. Try Londontown kur Fortifying Ridge Filler, which gently corrects imperfections, plus provides an incredibly smooth and even foundation.
Tip 2: Keep them short – and in shape. While your nails are recovering, keep them short, which will prevent cracking, splitting and breaking. Also, opt for an oval or round shape. These shapes are less likely to snag, plus can elongate the look of your fingers – a double win!
Tip 3: Just say no – to polish. While a fresh coat of polish can help to pull your look together, prolonged use can sap nails of their moisture – which can ultimately lead to breakage. Luckily, nails can heal themselves rapidly, so just a few short weeks san color can lead to noticeably healthier tips! In between, opt for a fortified base coat such as OPI Sensitive and Peeling Nail Envy. Packed full of protein and formulated with antioxidant Vitamin E, plus nourishing Kukui Nut Oil, it can prevent yellowing and splitting.
Tip 4: Pamper cuticles. Though you may not know it, your cuticles play an important role in the vitality of your nails – and you can easily strengthen them by keeping them moisturized. Reach for Grown Alchemist Cuticle Oil, which is formulated with vitamin-rich oils, perfect for smoothing, softening and conditioning cuticles.
Tip 5: Get Vitamin-Rich. Though nail-supporting vitamins won’t speed up growth, they can make tips harder – and less prone to breakage. Try Perricone MD Total Skin and Body, which delivers Biotin, Co-Enzyme Q10 and Grape Seed Extract to assist with antioxidant protection, plus the maintenance of healthy nails.
So if your salon-addicted nails have seen better days, make the commitment to nourish and pamper them – and you’ll find them vibrant and revived, in a snap!
Beauty Coach Team