Soft, brittle, ridged, fragile... Our fingernails have a lot to deal with. Here's a quick guide to help you deal with the most common problems.
Are your nails as soft as paper? It could mean a lack of nutrients or minerals. To help build their reserves, treat your nails a few times a week to a product rich in calcium, mineral salts and cellulose. This combination of elements will help reinforce and protect your nails while stimulating growth and reinforcing their resistance to aggression. Be as regular as you can with your treatments: results improve with frequent use.
Overly thin nails often need a boost of hydration. So remember to soak them regularly in a moisturizer that has added amino acids. In addition to quenching their thirst, it will give your nails an ultra-protective layer. Bye bye breaks!
BRITTLE OR SPLIT
When weakend by daily aggression from exposure to chemicals, the cold, heat, etc, your nails can break quite easily. Your best bet is to apply a base made of collagen or silicon, which will give your nails back their suppleness while increasing their resistance to cracking or splitting. This type of product can be used alone or before applying your coloured nail polish.
Are your nails ridged and lifeless? Give them back their uniform glow with a polisher. This simple tool is great for filing, smoothing AND buffing your nails. It's like having a manicure in your own home, but without exposing your nails to the often harsh contents of nail polish! Complete the treatment by rubbing in a repairing serum that's enriched with vegetable oils. It's an easy way to soothe dry cuticles while nourishing your nails!
A few simple tips to save your nails:
- Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when doing your house chores to protect your nails from water and cleaning detergents.
- Take some time every day to massage hand cream or dry oils into your nails.
- When filing your nails, use the finest grain possible and choose non-metallic files to treat your nails gently.
- Minimize the use of strong or abrasive products like acrylic gels, acetone polish removers, etc.
- Drink plenty of liquids and watch what you eat: a balanced diet is good for your nails, too!