One of the questions I get asked the most is how I care for my nails. I’ve been getting manicures consistently since I was in my early teens and apart from my frequent trips to Olive & June I’ve picked up some serious maintenance tips along the way. While I’ve experimented with gel polish here and there, I’ve found that it’s important to let my nails breathe if I want them to grow and now I have them at a healthy and long state. Ahead, you’ll find some of my top nail care tips that can help you keep your own long and strong.
Use Cuticle Oil Daily
Moisturizing and hydrating your cuticle area is just as important as caring for any other part of your skin. If you ignore your cuticles, you can lead your nails to become dry and brittle and that’s the last thing anyone wants. Cuticle oils help prevent any chipping or extra damage that commonly occurs with weak nails.
Try a Supplement
Sometimes you need to help your nails from the inside out. Consider taking a supplement to boost your nail growth and help strengthen them in the long run. Biotin is a good place to start, but you can also try other B vitamins and collagen for keeping your nails in good shape.
Invest in a Nail Treatment
You can go beyond cuticle oil and traditional moisturizers by adding a nail treatment into your routine. Nail strengthening treatments are usually applied directly onto your nail beds to penetrate well beneath the surface. One of the most common ingredients found in these nail treatments is Vitamin E, which helps destroy the free radicals that can damage and chip your nails. These should be applied as a base coat, underneath your nail polish.
Swap Your Nail File
Our nail files aren’t always the first of our beauty tools that we think of replacing. However, the type of nail that you’re using can be crucial to your nail growth. It’s worth investing in a high-quality nail file, versus one that can chip away and weaken your nails. A soft nail file is a good place to start, and crystal files are also a great option.
My Favorite Polishes
As a bonus, I’ve included some of my favorite nail polishes for you to shop from. I’ve been loving the latest from Smith & Cult including this pink and mauve tones and top coat.