Isn’t it frustrating when you’re trying really hard to be patient and let your nails grow out, only to have them chip or break the second that they start looking long again? If you’re anything like me, then you don’t even give yourself a chance to let them grow long and healthy because you’re too busy chewing the crap out of them. Yes, this is a nasty, anxious habit that I’ve been doing since I was a little kiddo, but with that being said I’ve also learned how to repair them entirely (through years of trail and error, of course). Even if your nails are not in the desperate state that I just described, there are things you can be doing to help keep them strong and beautiful.
Tips & Tricks
- Keep your nails hydrated – a lot of times we focus on moisturizing our skin, but we don’t take the time to moisturize our hands and feet. The best way that I keep my nail bed and cuticles hydrated is by rubbing jojoba or almond oil on each finger right after the shower. In the mood to splurge? Check out Dior’s Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream.
- A lot of things can affect your nail growth, such as hormones, diet, and the time of year (did you know your nails grow longer in the summer compared to winter)? In general, a diet high in folic acid and biotin will help aid in nail growth. These foods include bananas, avocados, and salmon.
- Use a nail strengthener – my favorite product right now is the Korres’ Base Coat Polish with Myrrh and Calcium. I like to wear it without any polish underneath it, but if you don’t want to go bare then add it on top of your polish. The myrrh helps with elasticity by increasing keratin and hydration beneath the nail. The calcium aids with cell renewal. I find it easiest to order this product through eBay.
My second favorite is the Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition Green Tea & Bamboo Strengthener. It’s super affordable and dries quickly, which is great when you want to touch it up on the go. Last but not least, the Nutra Nail Mineral Collection Iron Strength is another great option because the formula is enriched with Iron, Zinc, and Selenium.
Have you tried any of these products before? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,