Yes they look pretty and are super fun to get, but manicures can take a toll on your nail health and if harsh nail products are involved, it can significantly ruin the look of your nails as well. Which is why it is very important to maintain nail health and pick a good technician for your manicure needs. Especially during the festive season when you might be tempted to get more experimental with your manicure designs and even nail shapes. While we are trusting you to pick the right nail bar for your manicure needs, here are some tips you can follow to help strengthen your nails before (and after removing) your festive manicure…
- 01. Slather on a hand and nail cream
- 02. Hydrate with a cuticle oil
- 03. Use nourishing nail polish removers
- 04. Use nail strengtheners
- 05. Take biotin supplements
01. Slather on a hand and nail cream
A good hand and nail cream will keep skin dryness at bay and help strengthen the nails. A multipoise product packed with humectants (like petroleum jelly) and nail reinforcing ingredients (like keratin) to avoid any nail chipping or breaking. Keep your nails neatly trimmed and wear protective gloves while doing household chores to prevent chipping and breakage!
02. Hydrate with a cuticle oil
Massaging cuticle oil on your cuticles help hydrate nail beds and boost stronger nail growth. Look for nourishing ingredients like almond, jojoba and rice-bran oils to nourish the cuticle and keep your nails looking and feeling healthy.
03. Use nourishing nail polish removers
Take a break from painting your nails and avoid gel or acrylic nails as much as possible while you are nursing your nails back to health. If you’re wearing a light colour or just a base coat, use gentle nail polish removers to avoid drying out your cutlets too much. Look for formulations with ingredients like vitamin E and glycerine in them for added TLC to your nails.
BB picks: Lakmé Nail Color Remover
04. Use nail strengtheners
Nail strengtheners are specifically formulated to treat dry, peeling nails. Make sure to pick a formaldehyde-free formula and use it instead of actual nail polish. They are glossy enough to pass for a base coat and also protect your nails from external harm. They are especially good for strengthening thin nails and unlike actual base coats, do not turn yellow after a while.
05. Take biotin supplements
Biotin supplements don’t just work to give you healthy hair, they also work on making your nails stronger from within. You can also add biotin-rich foods like veggies, eggs and nuts in your diet for healthy, stronger nails.