We’ll leave no stone unturned in the quest for healthier nails
Nails are a lot more complicated than you think. What you see on the surface has actually been in the works for quite a while. So if you’re not looking after them from the inside out, it’s likely to lead to your nails splitting and peeling. Unsure of how to stop it from happening? Here are 5 easy steps to follow.
We’ve been extolling the values of using oil on our hair, skin, even our even gums for ages, so why not use the magic elixir on your nails too? Whether your nails are brittle due to one too many Shellac manicures, or they’re relatively healthy and you just want to give them a boost, it’s worth investing in a cuticle oil. Try Cowshed’s Apricot Nourishing Cuticle Oil, £8, fabled.com. It contains pure essential oils and botanical extracts that nourish your nails from inside out.
File in one direction
If the file is particularly coarse then only file in one direction to avoid splitting the nail. But if you can, invest in a crystal file. They seal the nail as you go, so you don’t end up with any small splits. Try Leighton Denny’s Small Crystal Nail File, £12.50. It’s like the Rolls Royce of nail files.
Fingernails become softer and more likely to split, break, and peel when they’re exposed to water and dried frequently. Wear rubber gloves when you wash up dishes, mop your floor or do other household chores that require putting your hands in water.
Moisturise your hands
One of the biggest causes for your nails splitting and peeling is lack of moisture. Especially after you wash your hands and dry them. Use a hand cream that contains vitamin E to replenish any hydration lost. Keep a bottle of Floris Cefiro Luxury Hand Lotion, £22, fabled.com, next to your bathroom sink and a small tube of Crabtree & Evelyn’s Rose Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy, £16, fabled.com, in your handbag.
For extremely dry, brittle nails lather them in hand cream or Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, £2.09, Boots. Then, cover them in cling film for 10 minutes to allow the petroleum jelly to sink in.
Get a manicure
Mani’s are a nice way to relax, unwind and make your nails look good. But, they’re also very beneficial for the health of your nails and your hands. All of the techniques that they employ will keep your nails soft, which will in turn stop them from splitting as they grow.
If you don’t have time to get to the salon, try a pair of Bliss Glamour Gloves, £39, fabled.com. You get 50 uses with each pair and they’re like having an at home manicure thanks to the moisturising gel lining with olive and grapeseed oils.