Top Tips For Nursing Your Nails Back To Health
So, if you’re anything like me, it’ll break your heart a little (or a LOT) when you break a nail. Not because you’re the stereotypical pink-clad girly girl, wailing over a cracked talon like it’s the end of the world, but because 1) It’s just really annoying, and 2) Sometimes, let’s be real, it can hurt like a BITCH. When I was younger and my diet was terrible, my nails were amazing. Super long and pointed, I pretty much had claws that my mother had to beg me to cut off every month. Such a lovely visual, I know.
Now that I’m an adult with a fully functioning healthy diet, my nails are having none of it, and are essentially crap. Snapping, bending, peeling, you name it, they’ve done it. So I know ALL about it. BUT, over the last while, I’ve been doing some experimenting and trial and error. And I have to say, it’s helping! So today, I’m bringing my own personal tips for restoring your nails to their former glory. And your hands, for good measure! Two for the price of one, aren’t I just too kind?
If they’re bending and peeling, cut them off
I know that isn’t what you wanted to hear, but broken nails aren’t magically going to repair themselves. It’s like cutting your hair, it’s something that needs to be done to keep it healthy. Trust me: you may hate how they look now, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Also remember to file them regularly, as no-one wants a too-long talon to snap from the root, yeowch.
Try to be as healthy as possible
Feeling and looking good comes from the inside out, which shows specifically in our hair, skin and nails. Eat good, nourishing food, and take a supplement on top of that for good measure, such as Perfectil or Biotin. (I take both, in case you were wondering ????)
Apply hand cream and cuticle oil liberally
Our hands are the limbs that are used most often, so they can become dry and cracked quickly with daily wear and tear, especially in the colder months. We need to take care of them and our nails like any other body part, so the added moisture of a hand cream or oil will keep them soft and healthy.
Lay off the acrylic nails
No matter how pretty and addictive they are, it’s not good to have them on your nails all of the time. Give them a break every once in a while, making sure to take extra care of your real nails when you do.
Apply a nail-hardening/strengthening polish
Despite all of the changes we may make, some people are just born with weak nail beds. Hence, nail hardeners were invented! I personally use the Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Strengthener, which has totally changed the game in relation to nail quality. A good friend of mine also recommended Shellac manicures for weakened nail beds, so you can keep them looking pretty for longer while they’re on the mend.
What are your tips for healthy, happy nails?