January 8, 2014

30 Days of Beauty: Nails (Day 3)

I know I’ve told you repeatedly about how awful I am at doing nails. I just don’t think you need to hear it again. I’m not even going to bother trying to do a post about nail polish because it just seems pointless.  In fact, the last time I got my nails done was for my birthday. It was my first time trying gel polish and I was really excited and impressed about how nice it looked. I didn’t even have to worry about chipping it! It lasted about a week on me before it started to change color. I held out and had it removed after two weeks. My nails still haven’t recovered almost 2 months later. Perhaps this post should be about a nail rehab since nearly all of mine have broken.
1. Work from the inside out.
Everybody knows that you are what you eat, but if you’re like me sometimes things just don’t go the way you want. Of course fruits and veggies are ideal, but adding a  supplement may also help. I use to take Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nail vitamins. They contain biotin which is great for hair and nail growth. When I was taking them, I had to relax my hair every 4 weeks rather than every 6 because it was growing so quickly. I quit  only because I got out of habit, but I’m  sure I could benefit from the other combination of vitamins. I tried taking pure biotin and it wasn’t for me. I broke out terribly from it. If vitamins are something that interests you, I suggest you drink tons of water to help with the absorption.

2. Keep your hands and cuticles moisturized.

Hydration is always important, especially in these cold winter months. Accordingly, you should be slathering on your favorite thick and creamy lotions to keep your skin moisturized. You can also use vaseline or an oil such as coconut or olive oil to keep your cuticles happy. For an extra treat, try it before wearing gloves. When you take them off, you’ll be super soft.

3. Try a strengthening basecoat.

If you can’t live without something on your nails, try a strengthening basecoat. The exposure to chemicals in polish can weaken nails, so while it may be best to take a break from polish, at the very least it might be good to stick to a strengthening treatment  under your chosen shades.
Well loves, that’s all I’ve got for you today. Tell me, how do you care for your nails, especially after gel polish? I would love to know your thoughts below!
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