Growing long, healthy nails is one of the trickiest parts of a beauty routine, and when winter rolls around and the temperatures drop it gets even harder. While some people seem to get lucky and boast long, perfectly-shaped, enviable nails all year long, for a lot of us the reality is that perfect nails can seem like an uphill battle.
Whether your hands are constantly in water and soap, you have particularly dry skin or brittle nails, or you’re a habitual nail-biter who has ruined their nails, nails can be a source of embarrassment for a lot of us. Plus, splits and tears can cause their fair share of pain!
The path to healthy nails is actually pretty simple – you just need to take care of them. It might sound obvious, but can you remember the last time you actually dedicated time in your beauty routine to care for your nails? Probably not.
With just four simple steps, we’ll get you closer to strong, healthy nails. Read on to learn just how easy it is.
Don’t Bite Or Pick
While we know this one sounds a bit obvious, it still needs to be said. Picking or biting your nails is an easy way to cause severe damage to your nails and cuticles. The moisture from your saliva can cause your nails to weaken and soften, while the germs from your mouth can cause bacterial infections. Not pretty. And while you may be tempted to push back or tear your cuticles, avoid removing them altogether. Your cuticles serve as a barrier to your nail bed to prevent fungal infections, so they are pretty important when it comes to healthy nails. If you don’t like the look of your cuticles, there are healthy ways to make them less pronounced…
Moisturise / Cuticle Oil
By moisturising! The foundation of strong, beautiful nails is a healthy, hydrated nail bed. You know how your hands can become dry and cracked from washing, particularly during winter? The exact same damage can happen to your nails. Make it a habit to moisturise your nails every time you wash your hands. The Silk Oil of Morocco Argan Nail & Cuticle Oil is the perfect way to maintain and promote nail health as you go about your day.
Enriched with a nourishing blend of vitamin E, Cold Pressed Certified Organic Argan Oil, antioxidants, omega-6 and omega-9, and essential fatty acids, the lightweight formula absorbs quickly into the skin allowing you to apply easily and move on with your day without worrying about stickiness. With a delicious lavender aroma and convenient dropper, it’s perfect for applying when on the go or as part of your evening routine. We love to use it daily to promote strong nail growth and healthy cuticles and supplement it with The Silk Oil of Morocco Argan Hand & Nail Cream for extra luscious hands.
Avoid Acrylics & Gel
If you’re someone who loves acrylics or gel, we know this step might be a challenge. While it can be tempting to use acrylics and gels as you’re growing your nails, it’s important to know that these types of manis can severely weaken your nails. To maintain healthy nails, it’s better to opt for standard manicures using good quality varnish. Including a top and base coat can help increase the longevity of your manicure and prevent nail polish from chipping and peeling away the top layer of your nail. When removing your polish, it’s always best to opt for a moisturising remover formula that won’t dry out your nail beds. And of course, follow up the nail polish remover with cuticle oil to nourish them.
If you’re unwilling to give up your acrylics or gels, we get it. If possible, try to rotate them with regular manicures to give your nails a bit of a break.
Supplements are another way you can improve the health of your nails. Biotin (also known as vitamin H) is particularly popular for nail growth as it can help promote healthy cell growth and aid in the metabolism of protein-building amino acids that are essential for nail growth. If you don’t want to take supplements, you can also eat vitamin H rich foods such as fish, avocado, beans, bananas, and nuts. Vitamin E is another vitamin that can help improve nail strength and is particularly useful for its moisturising ability – by using The Silk Oil of Morocco Argan Nail & Cuticle Oil you’ll be applying vitamin E right where it’s needed most. To supplement it with your diet, reach for leafy greens, almonds, seeds and fish.