Dealing with brittle, splitting and peeling fingernails would have to be the classic example of why we can’t streamline beauty.
The three keywords are:
Various gloves are about to become your fingernails new best friends.
Leave the long, elegant nails to girls who have naturally strong nails and keep your nails short and cut straight across – a touch longer than the end of your finger.
In my recent book “Health & Beauty Tips for Women Aged between 60 & 80”, I suggest roughing up the nail surface with the emery board to help nail polish adhere, but if your nails are brittle, peeling and inclined to split miss this; you are trying to keep the nails compact and holding together as much as possible.
Revitanail Nail Strengthener – available from pharmacies and beauty counters will now become your fingernails equal best friend. it is a clear, heavy polish and the routine is:
Now that you have achieved strong, healthy nails it is time to show off by wearing them a little longer and using coloured nail polish. Gel nail polish is best because it is strong and non-chip; does not wear off and expose the fingernail tips. Four coats are used and provide a good thick layer of protection.
I have gel polish applied regularly by my manicurist, but you may like to buy a kit and do your own gel polish. For home use I recommend and have used CND Shellac www. cnd.com/products. Gel polish will last about a fortnight and your nails will be beautiful and trouble-free.
You might like to try a skin, hair and nail supplement to help maintain nail strength, Biosource, Priceline’s brand is the best value for money. It goes without saying that the pump action hand and nail cream at the kitchen sink and hand basins to use after every hand wash is a great help. Don’t forget to use hand and nail cream lavishly at bedtime.
When fingernail dramas occur below the fingertips, a break or knife cut, use a bandaid until there is enough growth to trim and tidy the damaged nail.
I persevered with the Revitanail routine for a few months, years ago and since have rarely used Revitanail at all. I use the coloured gel polish regularly and my nails stay in tip -top condition, look fabulous and fingernail maintenance is, at last quite streamlined.
Tell us, what are your nails like? How often do you tend to them?