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Nail polish is a popular beauty purchase. But some of us like to step up our game in the nail world and select a polish with more health benefits to consider. Katheryn Smith, chef, author, blogger, and nail health and wellness expert, shares her advice on how to be the best nail care pro that you can be.
1. Hydrate Your Nails
While it may sound obvious, an ounce of hydration can make a major difference on your beauty dry skin. “Withdrawal from a vitamin deficiency will change your body into a thriving one, revitalizing the entire body,” Smith told POPSUGAR. Take a long bath or shower to rinse off your beauty dry skin. Then, apply a high-quality face serum like Dr. Jart’s Active Serum ($29) or Tarte Age Fighter: Clinical Serum ($21) to your face, shoulders, and wrists in the morning. Apply it to your moisturizer as well. By the end of the day, you’ll be hydrated and ready to face the day.
2. Use a High-Quality Nail Polish
Did you know that rich pigments in a nail polish can help reduce melanoma? Smith says that you should opt for vegan, cruelty-free, nonretrofitted nail polish to purchase. “The nail polish used in the majority of nail polishes has been found to contain toxic substances, polluting the environment with lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, parabens, and petroleum,” she says. This means that when you purchase vegan, cruelty-free nail polish, you are helping to achieve a much-needed shift in nail polish habits. And of course, organic will always be better.
3. Change Up Your Routine
You’ve learned to treat yourself to beauty products at the salon, so change up your routine a little bit. Apply a clarifying serum to dry skin and your hands. Wipe away a smear of makeup or polish onto a cotton ball. Try to fully moisturize your hands and hands and nails once a week. And wash your nails daily with a water-based gel product to keep them healthy and healthy. Make these small changes to your routine that will enhance your beauty choices.
4. Use Anti-Aging Products on Your Nails
As you age, your nails do too. “While you might be able to see the effects of the lack of collagen at the hands, nail surface, and nail beds, you will be left bare without any moisturizers or topical active ingredients,” Smith explains. So how can you give your nails some fightin’ love and prevent age spots? Add a pro anti-aging product to your shopping list like Dermalogica’s Renewal Plus Instant Nail Beauty Therapy ($79) that helps skin condition and nourish your nails.
5. Be Your Own Doctor
Like many things that are good for you, it’s important to figure out what works best for you and use self-medication to keep your nails healthy. Go to a beauty shop, salon, or drugstore and find a solution you feel comfortable with. “Apply a few drops of oil to a sheet of paper, like an old-fashioned hand cream, and dab it into your nails on one side. Then, swipe it on your fingertips,” Smith says. The oil will moisturize your nails and create a moisture barrier to keep them healthy, without being flaky or greasy.
6. Spritz Vitamin C Treatment Before Bed
Chances are, your hair is graying, and you need to start thinking about your next move. Here’s another beauty move that can reduce overall hair loss! “Apply baby powder to both sides of your fingertips at night so your fingers and fingertips stay hydrated, even when you sleep,” Smith says. While not on your nails, you can rub some golden powder from Essie’s Le Divin’ Nail Lacquer ($15) into your hands. In a dark setting, this step can have additional benefits. “This will keep your nail beds healthy and keep you from damaging your nails,” Smith says.