Nails For Christmas

Artistic nails have been a huge beauty trends this year and with Dior’s new Crocodile Nail Effect for AW12 it’s a trend that is set to continue. I have never been blessed with good nails. Mine split before they have even started to grow and break before they can be classed as long.

I am too old now to walk around with broken nails (and, frankly, it’s embarrassing when I head into a business meeting with chipped or frayed polished). So, I am on a mission to discover the best way to strength my nails by Christmas (it’s only 96 days away).

According to research, the best vitamins for nail growth are vitamin A, C, H, Zinc and Calcium. This means eating a lot of spinach and green peppers, washed down with a cold glass of milk!

Fortunately, there are other options that sound slightly more appealing…

Girls who experience brittle nails listen up! Don’t cover up your nails with polish (I do this all the time); our nails need to breathe. It’s better to remove nail polish the night before a manicure and moisturize the fingernails to the max. If you can go for a few days or even a whole week with nail polish this is best move, and it’ll make a noticeable difference to the strength of your nails.

Nail polish removers contain acetone, which is a drying agent, so frequent manicures can actually lead to brittle nails. Completely avoid any products with formaldehyde in and use acetone-free removers when possible.

Book in some me time once a week and pamper your hands by soaking tired nails in olive oil,  (I will be doing this on a regular basis so I’ll let you know my results). Simply, warm a half cup of olive oil in a shallow bowl and immerse your fingernails for a 15-30 minute. Olive oil is easily absorbed into the fingernails, cuticle and surrounding skin. It’ll help to strengthen them as they grow.

The cold winter weather will only make your nails worse so protect them by carrying a nail moisturizer and reapplying when possible.  Neom’s Violet, Chamomile & Cedarwood is ideal and it smells great too. Rub it in before going to bed and place cotton gloves over your hands for maximum impact.

Let me know if any of the above options work well for you. And if you have a great nail strengthening technique please do share it with me.

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