Dr Lewinn Renunail Nail Strengthener (£21.00)
I've used this stuff a few times before and it never lets me down. You apply a coat to bare nails every day for a week, then remove and start the process all over again; when repeated a couple of times the unique formula helps to repair nails and ensure they grow as healthy as possible even when you stop using it. Fortified with calcium gel, it eliminates peeling, flaking and chipping to leave nails instantly stronger - the result is nails that can grow more effectively over time. For an intense treatment I apply this daily, but for general care I also use it as a base coat; when paired with the Renunail cuticle oil and hand cream the results are unparalleled - within a few weeks my hands look as good as new. Although it's pricey, it's absolutely worth it. Plus, the bottle is so big it will last you until the dawn of time.
Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion (£27.50)
A firm favourite of mine for banishing 'chicken skin' on the tops of arms during the summer months, I was recommended this to treat extremely dry and peeling skin around the nail bed. The lightweight and easily absorbed formula contains the optimum level of lactic acid (a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid derived from milk or sugar cane,) which is a highly effective skin exfoliant and hydrator. Lactic acid encourages the natural shedding process of the skin by breaking the glue-like bonds that hold dead skin cells together; this enables hydration and shedding to take place simultaneously, ridding the surface of stuff you don't want and encouraging healthy skin beneath. From the first application this made my hands look and feel healthier, but with continual use over a week there's barely any dryness left at all. Not only is this a pleasure to use, but the results were so quick that I'll be stocking up to keep me going until the winter!
Orly Breathable Nail Lacquer (£11.95)
When nails are looking a bit dodgy you don't always want to leave them bare; a touch of polish can conceal imperfections and provide a much more universal finish, but many can further dry out or damage nails if the formula is prone to chipping. This innovative 'breathable' polish features Argan Oil, Pro-vitamin B5 and Vitamin C to help improve hydration, stimulate nail growth and help heal damaged nails, alongside their 'Advanced Oxygen Technology' which essentially allows air to get to the nail even through the polish. An all-in-one formula, it contains the benefits of a treatment, base coat, colour and topcoat all in one application - so minimal faffing and maximum result. Thankfully Orly's polish has helped to keep my nails in check when they were at their weakest, while simultaneously enabling them to grow stronger and longer. I really liked the colour result and the evenness it provided, as well as the longevity and added strength to the surface. Must buy more colours!
Have you been struggling with keeping your nails in check this spring? Do you have any other top tips or product recommendations that have helped you in the past?
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