Ask Belle: Fixes for Healthy Nails
May 19, 2015
I work in a health care setting and as such, wash my hands many, many times a day. It wreaking havoc on my nails – peeling, breaking, just generally weak and hard to maintain. I’ve tried a few Sally Hansen and Essie nail products to strengthen my nails, but to no success.
Do you have any products you’d recommend? It’s hard to keep my polish from getting chipped when my nails are constantly in shambles.
If you’re looking for a product to care for your hands, you need to start with the health of your skin and cuticles. The best product on the market is O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream ($7). If you’re dealing with seriously dry skin, you may want to add a pair of moisturizing gloves.
To strengthen your nails, you should start with a trim. Keep your nails on the shorter side if you have problems with breakage. Also, add an olive oil soak to your beauty routine. Simply pour some olive oil in a shallow dish and soak your nails for 10-minutes. If you struggle with fungus or discolored nails, try tea tree oil instead.
If you use hand-sanitizer, switch to one that isn’t alcohol based. Germ-X makes a foam sanitizer that’s alcohol free. If you’re just washing your hands a lot, Julep makes an essential cuticle oil that is portable. You can just smudge a bit on after you wash your hands.
Once you get them strong enough for painting, Seche Vite makes a great nail strengthening clear polish.
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