BY: Majesty's Pleasure
When our minds are stressed, our nails usually bear the brunt of our anxiety. Whether you’ve been biting them or peeling off your gel polish, many of us are left with brittle nails that are in need of a significant overhaul. Ahead, we break down the tips, tricks, and products that you need to keep in mind in order to reverse the damage that’s been done.
Tip #1: Don’t Peel Off Your Polish
We all knew this tip was coming—peeling off your nail polish is a major no-no. When you peel a layer of polish off, you’re also taking a layer of your nail plate along with you. Gel manicures get a bad rep, but it’s not the gel nails that are the problem; it’s the fact that people don’t maintain or remove them properly to ensure strong, healthy nails.
Tip #2: Leave the Cuticle Removal to the Professionals
Fun fact: your cuticles exist to keep bacteria out of your body. Not-so-fun fact: cutting them the wrong way could lead to a nasty infection. So, to be safe, see a professional nail tech to trim your cuticles.
Tip #3: Hydrate with Cuticle Oil
While you shouldn’t cut your cuticles yourself, you should be using cuticle oil daily. These products are typically packed with vitamins that work to condition and hydrate your nail beds.
Tip #4: Use a Strengthening Treatment
Nail strengthening treatments usually have formulas that feature ingredients, like hydrolyzed silk protein and keratin; they’ll help to restore the look and feel of weak, sensitive nails.