Ageing nail care 101 48



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As we get older, our nails can start to show signs of ageing as well. Issues like ridges, discolouration, and curvature of the nail are all common, and to top it all off, nail growth slows down by 40 per cent. To combat this, we’ve collected a few of the best treatments and remedies to help ageing nails.


For dry, brittle nails try:

Hydrating products

Brittle nails that break and flake are a product of nail dehydration. Using a moisturising product on your nails will help to replenish lost water content and improve nail appearance and flexibility. Moisturising products can be found in the form of oils, balms, creams, and polishes and can be found at your local pharmacy or department store.  A few of our favourite’s are Revitanail Nourishing Treatment Oil ($14.99), Manicare Calcium Nail Builder ($14.25), and Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser and Balm ($10.46).


For ridges in nails try:


Ridges are raised grooves in the nail bed that often occur in people over the age of 50. Dermatologists often recommend exfoliating the nails with a light scrub (you could use your face exfoliator for this) to gently work away the ridges. It is important that you don’t buff your nails (with an emery board or something similar) as this will only weaken the nail further and cause more damage.



As with our hydrating products above, moisture is extremely important for healthy nails. After you have exfoliated, follow up with a nail and hand cream to  soften the skin and nail. Try Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream ($24.99), Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream ($33.00), The Body Shop Vitamin E Hand & Nail Treatment (15.95)


Using ridge fillers

If you like to use nail polish, or simply want smooth and presentable nails, using a ridge-filling base coat or polish will make a drastic improvement. Ridge-fillers do exactly what they say on the tin – the formula lies in between grooves in the nails to create an even, smooth, and younger-looking nail. It’s worth investing in a good formula if you regularly paint your nail, try out our favourites like Essie’s Ridge Filling Base Coat ($17.95) or their Fill The Gap Treatment ($17.95).


For discolouration try:

Lemon juice

An oldie but a goodie, the acidity in lemon juice bleaches nails to return them to their former glory. To try this method, simply mix the juice of one lemon (you can add more if you desire) to a bowl of warm water and soak your nail for up to ten minutes. Nails should appear whiter after every treatment.


Whitening products

Like teeth whitening, nail whitening is now a thing. Whitening products use acids and gentle chemicals to treat discolouration in the nail and are as easy to use as applying a normal polish. A great option for yellow nail treatment is the Revitanail Whitening Glow ($14.99).


Have you noticed changes in your own nails? Do you take action against ageing nails?

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  1. I didn’t even know these things can happen. I have good strong nails and have never had a manicure in my life. Hope they stay good.

  2. I am not so sure about nail growth slowing down mine have always been long, I get sick of them and cut them back twice a year but back they grow again, my mother also had long beautiful nails until she died, perhaps it might be genetic?

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    • yes and they grow back very quickly..they are long at the moment and filed and shaped..I only use clear nail polish these days..I was lucky my mum taught me how to file and shape my nails

  3. my nails go from medium to way too long in about a month…thankfully my daughter is a beauty therapist and she keeps them maintained for me….soaking them in diluted gelatin was always a good way to both hydrate and strengthen splitting nails….and wearing a clear nail hardening polish keeps them strong and looking good…although constant use of nailpolish can often be the reason they become discoloured…

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  4. Bit my nails as a kid. Inch long nails all thru my later yrs, working hard and all. Now…can’t grow them for love nor money..Tried everything.. Old Age..:(

  5. Thankfully my hair and nails are in great condition.When I was a child, I would bite my nails back to the quik; Dad promised me a ring if I could grow my nails until they reached the end of my fingers. I still have the ring, although Dad took it back when I decied to feast on my nails. I’ve kept my nails medium/long since leaving school.

  6. I am 83 and have my nails done every 3 weeks. My manicurist is painting them with Shellac and they look SO good! My indulgence! X

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  7. Horsepower made by Butter of London is really great purchased from Maling road pharmacy
    131 Maling Rd Canerbury.
    3126 98364039(

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