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Summer Nail Care Tips

As the seasons change, so do the needs of our hair, skin, and nails. When your regular nail care regimen stops working, knowing what to change can be tough. And, you don’t want to just go a whole season with terrible looking hands and nails. If your manicurist hasn’t offered a solution for you, send them to this article so that they can help their other clients survive the summer with beautiful-looking nails.

Pool preparation

Water, particularly chlorinated or salt water, is hard on your nails. If you are spending a lot of time at the beach or pool, be sure to add a super-strengthening top coat to your nails before you head out. It’ll help defend your nails against the elements. And, don’t forget the sunscreen. You don’t want to have old-lady hands before your time, so don’t skip your hands when applying sunscreen, and make sure to cover your cuticles. Sun-damaged cuticles harden, break, and peel. They look bad, and it is extremely painful when a dried-out cuticle catches on something and tears. Torn cuticles bleed, and can become infected.

Oil up

Hangnails contribute to your polish chipping and breaking before its time. Be sure to apply cuticle oil daily to keep your cuticles and nails hydrated and avoid hangnails. Apply oil at night, and whenever your nails are feeling particularly dry. Daily oiling is the key, so don’t skip a day. 

No soaking

Your nails are porous, so they absorb water. When you soak your nails and then apply polish, you are essentially polishing wet nails — even if they seem completely dry. As the water in your nails and cuticles evaporates, it’ll cause your polish to loosen and peel.

Soak up the moisture

Moisturize all day long. Keep your favorite moisturizer with you wherever you go, and whenever you notice that your hands are no longer feeling soft and smooth, re-apply. Moisturizing is even more important if you are taking trips this summer. Recycled air on airplanes and hotel air conditioners dry out your skin and nails very quickly. For a little extra protection, use extra moisturizer on your hands and oil your cuticles before getting on a plane.

Hydrate

We know that by now it should go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway. Staying hydrated in the hot summer sun is very important. You know it is good for your overall health, and keeps your skin looking great. But, it is also important for your nails. Healthy nail growth requires adequate hydration. If your body doesn’t have enough water, it isn’t going to waste what little it has on growing healthy nails, it is going to use it to keep your vital organs healthy first.

Keeping your nails healthy all summer long isn’t difficult, it just requires a commitment to consistent care. Follow our tips for beautiful nails all summer long, so you can keep them polished and beautiful whether you’re at the beach our out for a night at the club.