Defeating Weak And Bleak Nails!

Friday, September 21, 2012

I don't know about you, but when my nails get on the long side they tend to get a bit weak and brittle. I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to painting my nails so it's not really surprising that they're a bit damaged, but It's still always a pain when they become flaky and prone to breaking! 
In the past I've always neglected my nails when it comes to caring for them, but recently I've been a lot better and they're so much stronger. I thought I'd share a few of the things that help my nails, and some of the reasons your nails might be a bit weak.

Dehydration 
Washing your hands a lot can really dry out your hands and nails, so one thing that will really benefit your nails is to use a hand and nail cream after washing them, and to use a cutical cream before/after painting your nails. I use Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula hand cream and Sally Hansen's Diamond Strength Cutical Nail Cream which are both very effective.

Before
 After using hand and cutical cream



Over-polishing
If you've read my posts before, you might know that i'm someone that paints my nails a lot. Doing so can be very damaging for your nails as they can't breathe properly, and nail varnish remover is also quite drying. If you can bear it, try and give your nails a break for a few days every now and then (maybe use a nail repair polish if you like) and when you do paint your nails be sure to use a base coat, as it will protect them from staining. Also, try not to buff your nails very often. Although it feels and looks lovely, it makes your nails a lot thinner leading to brittleness. - Not good!
When it comes to removing your nail polish, try and get a remover that has beneficial properties to it, such as one with moisturising elements or aloe vera. I use a Collection 2000 base coat and Superdrug's Nourishing Nail Polish Remover, both are great - I recommend them! 



before
After base coat

Supplements 
Something that can really affect your nail strength is lacking certain vitamins or supplements, one being Vitamin C. Vitamin C produces something called collagen which is important for healthy hair and nails. You can help to boost that by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits such as Oranges, Lemons and Limes. You can get vitamin supplements if you'd prefer that though! 
Another vitamin your body could be lacking is Vitamin B. That means all of them (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12), so make sure you're eating foods such as wholegrain's, fish, potatoes and lots of greens! (Maybe not sprouts...!)
Last but not least, Calcium. I'm sure when you were growing up your parents and teachers told you to drink lots of milk and eat cheese so your bones would grow stronger! Well they were right, Calcium will also benefit your nails. If you're like me and you don't like milk or cheese, yogurt drinks or even regular yogurts are a nice alternative. 
Eventually, your nails, hair and skin will all thank you if you fill yourself with all those vitamins! 

I hope this post helps you out a little bit! My nails are definitely looking better than they were. Are you someone that paints their nails a lot? 

Hope you're having a lovely day! 
Leanne
xo

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9 comments

  1. Thank you for the tips, I dont usually paint my nails (because my school has a stupid policy of no nail varnish), so theyre not bad.. but I like taking care of them once and again! :)

    xx
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  2. I need all the help I can get with my nails! Such a great informative post Leanne x

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  3. I will definitely be trying this! Thanks for the help!


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  4. Wow what a transformation - I usually have really weak nails so maybe I should give this a crack :)
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

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  5. I definitely recommend a nail and cuticle cream, the sally hansen one is great :) x

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