Long-lasting manicures aren’t just about polish
A fresh manicure is one way to make a girl feel super chic. But while it’s nice to be pampered at the salon, many of us tend to neglect our hands on a day-to-day basis, leading to brittle nails and dry cuticles. So, to ensure your nails are in tiptop shape before your next trip to the nail parlour, we’ve rounded up some of the best products for keeping your digits in pristine condition.
OPI Trends and Colour Expert Jenni Draper recommends keeping nails regularly moisturised with a good cuticle product, such as OPI Nail Treatments Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil, which can be used on both natural and artificial nails. “This should be applied several times a day to prevent splitting and peeling and to keep the skin hydrated,” Jenni told Cover Media. “Make sure you apply hand cream every time you wash your hands to put replace moisture from astringent soaps.”
If your nails are particularly damaged or break often, applying a polish such as Sally Hansen’s Nail Rehab regularly can really help in protecting against every day wear and tear. Its sheer pink colour also helps to conceal damage and instantly fills in any ridges.
But if you are partial to doing your own manicure at home, look no further than Leighton Denny’s Essential Manicure Collection. This four-piece kit features every item needed for an expert-looking finish, including a crystal nail file, a duplex buffer and nail repair cream – all in travel sizes which can easily be popped into make-up bags or purses for touch-ups on the go.
The set also contains a general tube of the brand’s Marvel Balm. As well as its dreamy floral scent, this multi-tasker can be rubbed into cuticles, extra dry lips and patches of rough skin, such as the elbows. Of course, it is only fitting that hands are cared for just as well as nails. Keep your paws looking silky smooth with a skin correcting moisturiser like Clinique’s Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream, which is designed to reverse the appearance of pigmentation, age spots, and discolourations. That way when you flaunt your summer manicure, you’ll have the beautiful hands to match!