5 ways to help dry and brittle nails
If your nails are looking a little worse for wear, they’re probably in need of some serious TLC. Dry and brittle nails can occur for a number of reasons including diet, not properly caring for your nails, and bad habits. Once upon a time, getting weak nails back into shape was a long and dull process that usually involved sacrificing your favourite polish for stronger tips but thankfully, that’s no longer the case.
That’s because the new Sally Hansen Color Therapy range contains a special argan oil formula, to care for your nails as you colour them. The system consists of three steps: a nourishing Nail Polish, an ultra-glossy Top Coat for extended wear and a Nail & Cuticle Oil to restore and rejuvenate. Pair the system with the right dietary and lifestyle adjustments, and your nails will be back in shape before you know it.
Here are a few pointers to get your started on your way to stronger, healthier nails.
#1 Protect from harsh chemicals
The first step to restoring weak nails is protecting them from harsh chemicals. Always wear gloves when you’re doing household chores such as washing the dishes or handwashing clothes. Alcohol can be drying for nails, so avoid alcohol-based hand sanitisers, and instead choose a moisturising hand wash.
#2 Take a break from gel nails
There’s nothing worse than giving yourself a fresh manicure only for it to chip the next day. Although a gel manicure can be a tempting alternative, they can also be dehydrating and weaken your nails over time. If your nail beds are already in bad shape, you should probably skip gels altogether. If you’re a regular gel enthusiast, try taking a break for a few months, and monitor the condition of your nails to see if they improve. Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish has up to 10 days’ wear, so you won’t need to compromise on the longevity of your manicure.
#3 Eating right for healthy nails
If your nails are brittle and breaking, you might want to take a look at your plate. Lack of proper nutrition can lead to brittle, weak nails. Adding more protein to your diet is important because your nails are primarily made of keratin, a type of protein that gives nails their strength. For longer, stronger nails, try including more lean meat, eggs, seafood and soybeans in your diet.
It’s also worth considering biotin: A 2007 study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology found that a daily dose of biotin helps improve brittle nails. If your nails are really bothering you, it might be worth a shot.
#4 Choose your polish carefully
You might think that caring for brittle nails involves taking a break from your polish, but thanks to the new Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish, you can care for your nails while wearing colour. It contains argan oil, resulting in nourishment and instant moisture for healthier looking nails. With this polish there’s no need for a base coat, which allows the formula to directly nourish your nails.
There are 14 shades to choose from, including on-trend magenta and a saturated blue jewel tone. For a pretty pop of colour or an understated finish, there are plenty of pink and neutral shades to try. So whether you prefer a bright red or a blushed nude, you can wear luminous colour while caring for your nails. The Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat contains the same argan oil infused formula and locks in your polish for a fade-proof, chip-resistant finish.
#5 Cuticle care
It’s easy to forget about your cuticles, but a cuticle oil is a must-have to keep the skin moisturised, and to avoid dry skin and hangnails. The Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail & Cuticle Oil is the final step to completing and maintaining your manicure. Massage the oil into your cuticles daily to instantly revive the look of your nails. As a bonus, the massage may also help to stimulate the nail beds, which can encourage nails to grow stronger and healthier.
So, now that you can treat your nails while still rocking your favourite colourful shade, there’s no excuse for letting dry and brittle nails get the best of you.
Do you suffer from dry and brittle nails? Will you try the Sally Hansen Colour Therapy range?