5 Easy Ways to Toughen Up Your Digits
I’ve talked about it a couple of times, but I’m going to be 110% honest with all of you: I have the weakest nails this side of the Mississippi. Over the weekend, I went to see my nail magician, Kevin and found myself being insanely embarrassed of how shabby my nails looked :(
Sure, my shellac had lasted longer than it had in the past two months I’d been doing it, but no matter what I did or how many multivitamins I consumed, my nails still chipped, peeled, frayed, and split. In an effort to make them look less…damaged (to put it kindly/lightly), I decided to cut them down pretty short before my nail appointment and let Kevin work his magic. That seemed to be okay and work for the time being, but my nails will always be weak and that’s just something i have to cope with. UGH.
Anyway, if you find yourself in the same boat, BellaSugar offers up some advice. TAKE IT. IT’S GOOD, Y'ALL.
- Use a base coat: Using a base coat before applying color will protect your nails from any harmful chemicals in your polish, and also help prevent the polish from staining your nails. I like Butter London Nail Foundation, especially because it’s formaldehyde-free.
- Keep it short: Long nails are more likely to snag and tear. The best shape for your nail’s health is square and slightly rounded on the top (some call this “squoval”). Clean under the nails regularly, and file any snags as soon as they happen.
- Just say no …to toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP, that is. These common nail polish ingredients can dry out and damage your nails, and formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. To see which nail polish brands are “three-free,” check out this post.
- Reduce remover: Ideally, you should limit your nail polish remover usage to twice a month. I know that sounds difficult, but try extending your manicures with a rock-solid top coat, like Seche Vite. When it’s time to remove your polish, use a non-acetone remover, and let nails breathe for a few days in between applications.
- Soak: If, despite your best efforts, your nails end up a brittle, peeling mess, treat them to a warm oil soak. Just heat some bath or olive oil in the microwave, then dip your fingertips in for about 10-15 minutes. When you’re finished, rub generous amounts of lotion or a good cuticle cream into your nails and cuticles. I’m a fan of Kiehl’s Imperiale Cuticle Treatment ($19.50).