Protecting your nails (and your manicure)

By Kate | Beauty
Posted Jan 30, 2013

This time of year can be hazardous to your nails. The climate, the season – whether you’re at the beach, on the slopes, or just going about your day to day, be careful of these manicure hazards:

  1. 1. Sanitizers – it may flu season but constantly applying alcohol-based hand sanitizers dulls the finish of your topcoat and erodes your polish.
  2. 2. Scrubs – you know what exfoliation does to your skin, the same effect can be had on your nails. This holds true for playing in the sand and building sand castles.
  3. 3. Heat – running your fingers through your hair while drying, cooking over a hot stove, folding warm laundry or lying on the beach; heat softens the nail polish and fades the color.
  4. 4. Tapping – whether you’re texting or tapping impatiently, the tips of your nails are taking the brunt.

Keep your nails strong through the season by trying these tips:

  1. 1. Buff: or massage your nails to increase blood supply to the nail and keep them strong and shiny.
  2. 2. Moisturize: keep nails and cuticles moist to survive the season. We love Savannah Bee Beeswax Hand & Nail Salve. This certified organic salve nourishes dry, distressed skin with a blend of organic beeswax, vitamin E and olive oil.
  3. 3. Protect: the Horse Power Nail Fertilizer from Butter London is 3-free and uses an herbal ingredient called ‘Horsetail’ to strengthen and repair nails.
  4. 4. Polish: whether you use a clear coat or one of spring’s hot new pastels, nail polish protects nails. Zoya Nail Polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor and has been awarded ‘the longest wearing natural nail polish’ by Women’s Health Magazine.

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