Friday, August 3, 2012

How To? Nail Care for Healthy Nails

Though I certainly don’t profess to be an expert at nails (as with many things) I’ve had a bevy of personal experiences that have broadened my breadth of knowledge where nail care is concerned. I’ve always struggled to grow my nails largely due to the fact that they peel and chip very easily (and I mean the nail itself, not the polish). When I thought I was on the point of finally achieving the long nails of my dreams one or two would break in unison forcing me to cut them all off.

Though brief stints consuming gel capsules made improvements, it wasn’t until I started using almost exclusively Essie polishes that my nails finally began to cooperate. I can’t really account for why this is apart from the fact that my nails seem to respond better to the particular formulation Essie uses. Though I certainly don’t have what I would term “talons,” my nails are finally more oval and less circular.

(Clockwise from top left): Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Top Coat, Essie Grow Stronger Base Coat, Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Mont Bleu Glass Nail Files*

On top of my improvements in terms of the quality of my nails I’ve also discovered the joy of glass nail files thanks to Mont Bleu*. The brand generously sent me two beautiful glass nail files (one of which is studded with Swarovski crystals, shown below) that I’ve been using in lieu of emery boards and metal files for over a month. I cannot believe the difference glass files have made. Years ago a colleague told me that metal files do more harm than good for long nails as long as you’re filing in two directions (up and down) rather than one (just down) as this encourages the layers of your nail to split promoting peeling. I was never more certain of the validity of this statement than when I started using my glass files.

From my own personal experience glass nail files do for the nails what sand blasting does for glass itself. The particles that compose the glass are much finer than those used in metal files which enables a much cleaner file: my nails no longer split and peel, and if I do catch a peel early I’m able to sand it down (so to speak) to nip it in the bud. 

Mont Bleu Glass Nail File* and Dior Orchid 

So, without further ado I present my new and improved nails. You may not notice that much of a difference ... and you may be right about that. I’m not one to nitpick about specific areas of my body, but in reflecting on my obsession with having perfect, healthy nails I think that my nail beds and or nail quality may be the "problem" that I will always fixate on. I'll sum it up by explaining that it’s more of a feeling than an appearance: my nails are thicker, healthier and grow more quickly!

OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender 

I’d love to hear your nail care tips and favorite base and top coats: these are areas in which I feel there is always room for improvement!

*This item was provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference mypolicies in the even that you have any questions.