Apr 07, 2017 | By Carla Buzasi
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We’ve all been there. You have a wonderful set of gel nails for a couple of weeks – looking fly, no stress, no chips in sight – and then as soon as they’re removed you’re genuinely horrified by the state of the natural nail left behind. They peel, they break, they’re weak in more ways than one and they basically look like you’ve been using them to dig up that time capsule you made at school and buried in the back garden. Not ideal.
Thank our lucky stars then that all the top nail brands out there also take the health of the talon very seriously indeed, and offer us a plethora of goodies to ensure that tattered nails spring back to life just in time for the next round of gels. Below are a selection of my favourite gems that time and time again have rescued my hands from a tragic fate.
1. Nails Inc. Overnight Detox
Nails Inc have been pulling out all the stops recently with an abundance of top notch nail treatments, and this Overnight Detox infused with green tea, acai berry and spirulina is one such triumph. Using a water-based formulation, simply massage into the nail bed before you nod off and wash off the next morning. During the hours of slumber the powerful antioxidants will penetrate deep into the nail stimulating healthy growth, and after just a couple of weeks that post-gel torment will be no more. Nail care at its best.
2. Butter London Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted Moisturiser
If you’re anything like me, when it comes to my nails I find it painfully hard to leave them free of colour completely. Which is why these Tinted Moisturisers from Butter London are such a welcome find. Using Micro Smart Active Technology, they deliver a controlled release of ingredients over time for ongoing moisturisation and repair, whilst also offering a simple nude-toned coat so the nail looks healthy from the off.
3. Leighton Denny Bright & White
Yellowing of the nail is just one of the fairly unattractive side effects of constant gel manicures and nail polish, but fear not as Leighton Denny’s Bright & White treatment is a quick fix lacquer that will hide that stain from the rest of the world. A simple two coats magically whitens and brightens the nail tip, and makes the bed look pink and healthy too. Although it’s not a permanent solution, it’ll help keep things hidden until everything’s back to normal.
4. Orly Nail Armor
This strengthening base coat from Orly does more that just amp up the breakage point of the nail. Using a silk fibre formula it also helps to smooth out any bumps and grooves that prove awkward when applying a new colour, leaving the nail bed smooth, ready and waiting.
5. Kiko First Step Nail Cleanser
Best used once the nails are completely restored, this little treasure from Kiko will help prep the nails for the next round of gels. Infused with kukui oil – from the Hawaiian nut of the same name – it will remove any grease and oil to help prolong the life of the manicure. Cheers to that.
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