With spring finally here, we’re ready to break out our fresh manicures and pedicures, but is there anything more frustrating than investing an afternoon at the salon only to chip your nails the very next day?
We asked the experts, Julie and Karen from Toast & Co, how to keep your fingers and toes looking glamorous for as long as possible. Read on for their expert tips.
1. Look to your diet. Making sure you’re eating a balanced diet, and also checking the side effects of any medication you may be on, is key to understanding your nail health. “Splitting nails and dry and flaky cuticles can’t be fixed by even the best manicure,” said Karen. Eating plenty of lean protein is important for strong, healthy nails, as well as drinking plenty of water.
2. Always apply a topcoat. “To extend the life of a manicure, I advise applying a coat of high-gloss topcoat over your existing nail polish three days after getting a manicure,” says Karen.
3. Protect your hands post-manicure. Use gloves while gardening and doing the dishes to help protect your polish from chipping and lifting.
4. Apply cuticle oil every night. This also helps keep your cuticles from drying out. “Applying cuticle oil prevents hangnails and dry cuticles, which can cause polish to peel and chip,” says Julie.
5. Keep your toes under wraps and moisturise daily: “Wearing flip-flops regularly contributes to dry and dirty feet, which can ruin a pedi within a week,” says Karen. She says the secret to achieving a long-lasting pedicure, and silky smooth feet, is to apply moisturiser daily. Apply a rich moisturiser after a shower to provide instant hydration and protection. Better yet, apply moisturiser to feet and then pop on socks to enhance absorption.
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