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Nurse your nails to health

Nurse your nails to health

You can't hide your nails if they're damaged, no matter how much you want to.

But if you are ashamed of your fingertips there are some ways you can tackle the problem, as we share repair tips.

A lot of the time, nails are damaged when having a fake pair applied as the nail technician must buff the surface before securing falsies. The aftermath of this can last for six to 12 months, during which time your nails should hopefully get back to their original strength.

In the meantime, it's best to keep your fingertips protected when the time calls for it. For example cleaning with harsh products could cause even more havoc, so be sure to wear gloves.

You shouldn't overdo it with your finger nails when you don't have to either - when something needs to be opened/peeled but will cause harm, opt for another tool to complete the task.

We don't recommend painting your nails as they heal as it'll only mean more effort and products to maintain them. And with remover being so strong and known for weakening your nails, now is not the time to be rubbing your nails clean.

If you're free in the evenings, there are a few things you can do to look after your finger tips. An extra virgin olive oil soak for ten to 15 minutes will help build up strength and a smooth surface, as will a moisturiser.

A good hand and nail cream will also make the world of difference; look for ones with ingredients such as shea butter and mineral oil to offer maximum hydration.

What you eat plays a big part in things too. We all know calcium strengthens bones and nails so if you can, get a good helping of milk, yoghurt and cheese in wherever possible. Biotin rich foods such as eggs, avocado and cauliflower will help heal your nails, or take a supplement if necessary.

Without enough vitamin A and C your nails will become even more dry and brittle, so include foods with these (e.g. citrus fruits, broccoli, carrots and fish) in your diet as well as drinking plenty of water.

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