SPONSORED FEATUREI've always had problematic nails. For as long as I can remember my talons have split, broken, flaked and chipped on almost a daily basis; the situation was only exacerbated when I dabbled in gel nails for a time, leaving my hands in a sorry old state. Ever since then I've been desperate to find a portfolio of products that can help repair damage, strengthen the surface and create a healthy looking nail that I can be proud of. Like with skincare and makeup, without a great base your polish is only going to look a bit dodgy when applied over the surface; it's important to look after our nails in the best way we can, so those expensive polishes look the best they can. Micro Cell 2000 Nail Repair is a treatment range that has been developed specifically for soft and brittle nails; the technologically substantiated 'secret recipe' within the formula is widely regarded as the #1 in the treatment of soft and brittle nails worldwide. That's a pretty big claim - which is why over 10,000 units of Micro Cell are being sold in its native Germany every week. I've been putting it to the test over the last few weeks to see if it could positively effect the condition of my nails, without being a complete faff to integrate into an already expansive routine. Here's how I got on... (Spoiler: my nails are fab.)
What I really like about this regime is the fact that the nail varnish remover is part of it too; it's not all about what you put on your nail, but what you use to take off the polish too. So many removers are incredibly harsh on the nail, stripping it of goodness and moisture which leaves it brittle and prone to breakage, but Micro Cell have created their very own Nail Repair Remover which gently dissolves any kind of polish. It's acetone free (the ingredient that removes a lot of the natural oils in nails,) and although it still contains acetate and alcohol it doesn't leave my hands feeling like they desperately need a moisture boost. Although it does take a little longer to remove bold colours, the effort is worth it when it comes to the long-term condition of your nails. The only downside? The scent is pretty strong and a lot harder to handle than many of my other removers.
The key reason for Micro Cell's success isn't an incredibly unique formula or revolutionary ingredients, but their focus on taking care of the nail on a daily basis. A strengthening base coat allows the nail to grow in a healthy way without breaking, while the gentle polish remover prevents any excess moisture loss that's essential for the prevention of splitting. They offer a selection of coloured polishes to keep nails as healthy as possible, while accessories including their cuticle oil and glass nail file ensure a professional quality maintenance programme. (Glass nail files are great at preventing splitting, filling in even the tiniest of gaps and helping to avoid moisture loss.) This is something you could keep up indefinitely, or dip into every few months when you feel your nails need a little boost. Although my nails were in pretty good nick because of a concerted effort over the summer months, I can still see and feel the difference Micro Cell has provided - it's an affordable solution that genuinely makes a positive change. I'll be reaching for this probably until the very last drop.
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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Micro Cell. All opinions and observations are my own.