Nail Care

March 12, 2014

nail file | hand & nail cream | almond oil | cuticle remover | tools

Keeping my nails in good condition has always been a struggle until I realised the less I do, the happier they are. By following a few simple yet effective steps and ditching "strengthening" products I've found my nails are far more likely to grow strong and healthy.

Avoid Negative Nail Products
Nail polishes containing formaldehyde should be totally avoided; while quite a few nail products (including nail strengtheners) contain this chemical and can make nails harder, they can also make them stiff and brittle making them break more easily. Through experience I have found nail strengtheners actually cause more damage than good; I find it much more beneficial to leave my nails bare and simply give them some time to grow.

Limit the Use of Nail Polish Removers
Alcohol and other solvents found in nail polish removers dry nails out, making them weak and prone to breakage. By limiting their use less damage is done to the growing nails. It's claimed you should "let your nails breathe" by leaving them bare for a few days to help nails grow stronger, however, what's really happening here is you're not exposing your nails to the damage caused by solvents. Nails do not breathe.

Moisturise Regularly
A good hand and nail cream is essential for nail care. Nails are subject to environmental drying effects just like your skin, so you may find in winter the condition of your nails worsen. Avoid soap, detergents, and harsh chemicals, and use hand cream regularly, applying more frequently in the winter months. Sweet Almond Oil can strengthen and hydrate nails making them less prone to peeling and breaking. Massaged into the nails and used in place of cuticle oil, it cares for rough, ragged cuticles, and helps deliver fatty acids, replacing the moisture balance lost during cold or dry weather and the drying effects of soap.

Protect Against Damage
Over washing your hands, exposing them to harsh chemicals and detergents, and pulling instead of clipping nails can cause damage. Using the right tools and avoiding exposing them to unneccessary stress all helps keep them strong and healthy. Clip nails properly (don't pull or tear), use a crystal nail file to gentle file without pulling or snagging, and avoid using products that cause dryness by moisturising regularly.

Eat Healthy
Nothing is more important than a healthy diet; incorporating a mixture of biotin/vitamin H, vitamin A, omega-3, protein, and zinc into your diet will help your nails grow strong and healthy. If you're unsure what to eat for healthy nails I suggest fruit (bananas, apricots), vegetables (green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots), nuts (peanuts, walnuts), leafy greens (spinach), beans, lentils, and whole grains.

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  1. This post came at the perfect time…the sanitizer solution at work has taken a toll on my hands, but I'm now I'm ready to get them back into better condition! Also, I LOVE that Almond Hand and Nail Creme and I must repurchase!

  2. Great post here, lots of helpful tips! I like how you're very factual in your approach, instead of raving about the latest nail-care product. I totally agree about limiting use of nail polish remover -- they are quite harsh and drying on nails, and lately my skin has been "flaking" off around my nails whenever I use the (admittedly cheap and probably nasty) drugstore-branded remover :/ Thanks for sharing :)

    ♥ Michelle/MICHALOGY

  3. krystal Moore3/13/2014

    Great post! Rarely do I hear bloggers talking about their nail care regimen and helpful tips for healthy nails so thank you for sharing yours!

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  4. roshkud3/13/2014

    Love this post, I haven't painted my nails since December because of work and they're so strong now and are growing so quickly! I try to use acetone free nail varnish removers as I get 'bruised' nail beds when I remove my nail varnish but I haven't found a very good one. I'l definitely invest in a crystal nail file, its not something I've tried yet but I've heard they're much better for nails as you've said.

    Roshni’s Journey


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