Nail it: 7 Tips To Keep Your Nails In Tip-Top Shape

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When it comes to nails, people generally fall into one of two categories: regular manicure-goers or those who have never seen a nail technician in their life. Either way, the chaos of daily life tends to take a toll on our nails, so it’s important that we give them some extra TLC whenever we can.

From filing them properly to maintaining healthy cuticles and preventing splits, these are all factors we can control. It’s just a matter of learning.

Before getting into the nitty and gritty of nail care we must understand its importance. Firstly, it improves the appearance of your hands and feet by keeping them looking healthy. Secondly, neglected nails can also put you at risk of infection. But most importantly, nails can often be an indicator of your overall health, which means if something is up with your body you will likely see it in your nails.

More Moisture

Yes, just like the rest of your body, it’s important to keep your hands hydrated too, because without consistent moisture, you’ll quickly experience dry skin and cuticles. So whether you’re on the go or sitting at a desk all day, be sure to stock up on hand cream and keep it nearby so you can apply and reapply throughout the day.

Hydration Station

According to Michelle Class, Sally Hansen Brand Ambassador and Celebrity Manicurist, it is important for us to invest in a good cuticle oil to give our nails some added moisture. “Re-hydrate those cuticles twice a day,” Michelle advises.

“It may be a job you’ll have to set a reminder for, but the results will be worth it when you see how healthy your nails are in in the next couple of months.” In colder temperatures, the skin, cuticles, and nail bed get dry and brittle. However, by applying cuticle oil daily, your cuticles will soon soften, keeping them elastic, and preventing the nail plate from peeling.


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Buff it out

Investing in a nail buffing tool and using it once a week is great for keeping your bare nails looking their best. Not only will it help ensure a more even nail polish application, but it will also improve your general nail-care health, leaving you with an attractive sheen.

One Direction 

While it may be common to see people file their nails in both directions, it’s actually better to keep your file on one side of the nail, moving to the other side in one swift stroke. Going back and forth can often cause peeling as well as separating the fibres, and we don’t want that!

Hard as Nails

A nail strengthener is a treatment you can use on your nails to help harden them and smooth ridges. “If you have weak or brittle nails, Sally Hansen has various nail hardeners and strengtheners, such as the Hard as Nails range,” notes Michelle.

“These products help fortify and protect your nails, rejuvenating and promoting healthy growth.” Nail strengtheners can also help reinforce the structure of brittle nails, allowing them to be resistant to breakage.

All About The Base

Finally, when it comes to your actual manicure, remember that the perfect polish starts with your base. “Before applying any product, make sure your nails are clean and free from any dirt or residue using a nail polish remover,” adds Michelle. “Apply a good quality base coat before applying nail polish. Sally Hansen’s Double Duty Base and Topcoat is an excellent option as it not only strengthens nails but also extends the longevity of your manicure”.

Breaking… Good

If you are partial to a good manicure, remember to give your nails a break from polish every now and again, especially if you notice them feeling extra brittle. Try going polish-free for one to two weeks before going back for a fresh set!

This article first appeared in the March/April issue of STELLAR