After another deliciously indulgent festive season, it’s time to get back into the swing of things and start a happy and healthy new year. Plenty of us make resolutions for clean eating, exercising and even taking up new hobbies, but when was the last time you though to include your nails in your New Year’s Resolutions?
Not only are beautiful nails the perfect accessory to any outfit, they’re also a sign of health and vitality. So, if you’ve been treating your nails badly, now is your chance to break the habit and give them the TLC they deserve with our 5 simple New Year’s resolutions for gorgeous nails in 2016!
Let’s get started…
1) Maintain a healthy inside for a healthy outside.
Believe it or not, your nail quality is a significant indicator of your overall health. One look at your nails can tell dieticians, nutritionists and even dermatologists whether you’re experiencing vitamin deficiencies or other health conditions.
If your nails are brittle, you may have an iron deficiency, which can also lead to depression and lethargy. Boost your iron intake by eating more seafood and dark leafy greens, such as spinach.
Ever noticed white spots on your nails? These are generally a tell-tale sign of a zinc deficiency. Improve both your nails and your immune system by adding more garlic, dark chocolate, oysters or chickpeas to your plate (not all at once though – ew!).
2) Strengthen your nails.
If you’ve been neglecting your nails all year long, it’s going to take a while for healthy eating to bring them back to their former glory. Fortunately, we can cheat a little by using a nail protecting and hardening system. We love China Glaze’s Nail Strengthener and Growth Formula
for quick results. This miracle serum encourages healthy nail growth in as little as eight weeks, using vitamin B and wheat proteins. It’s particularly effective for ladies who have recently removed acrylic nails.
3) Step away from toxic polish.
We know it’s tempting to buy those cheap polishes you see on eBay, but it’s rarely worth the risk. Mystery polishes from unknown or discount brands often contain a whole host of nasty ingredients that can risk both your nails and your health. Instead, treat yourself to a few good quality polishes that won’t chip off after half a day. Sometimes, less is definitely more. Your nails will definitely thank you in the long run!
Look for polishes that can proudly say they are 3-free (free of Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde), such as OPI
and China Glaze.
4) Invest in a good quality top coat and base coat.
To use our usual analogy: an artist wouldn’t paint on an uneven canvas, so why should you?
It’s important to invest in a good quality base coat in order to protect your nails from yellowing and damage. Not only will a good base coat prevent staining from dark colours, but it will also create a smoother surface for your polish to adhere to, leading to a longer lasting manicure. Try OPI’s much-loved Natural Nail Base Coat
Just as vital as your base coat is your top coat. It will give your manicure a beautiful, shiny finish and keep your polish in place for longer. This step is especially important if you spend a lot of time using your hands, whether it’s on the keyboard or out in the garden. For a gorgeously shiny finish that just won’t quit, check out OPI’s Top Coat
5) Give your nails a break.
We love manicures as much as you do, but occasionally even the most polish-obsessed among us have to give our nails a break. Constant use of acetone can have a damaging effect on our nail plates. So, if you can, give your nails a one day holiday between manis. This will allow them to rest, recover and breathe, which will lead to reduced yellowing and damage.
On your break day, treat your nails to a taste of the California Magic Mango Cuticle Oil
. Then, when you do apply your new polish, your nails will feel nourished and your cuticles hydrated and soothed.
And there you have it, polish lovers. No matter how many nail related sins you committed in 2015, you can make it up this year with these 5 simple tips for healthier nails!
The NailPolish.com.au Team.