How to Make That Mani Last
Whether you spend money at the salon or time at home to make your nails look fabulous, here are some tips to help keep the look fresh.
Talk to your doctor about over-the-counter biotin supplements. Shari Hicks-Graham, a boardcertified dermatologist at Downtown Dermatology in Columbus, Ohio, told Sisters From AARP that she noticed less peeling after beginning this regimen.
Regularly apply cuticle oil or cream to seal in moisture. “Even olive oil or almond oil will do the trick,” Hicks-Graham said. Doing this will also help keep the cuticle from adhering to the nail plate, which can interfere with polish adhesion. Plus, it helps prevent cracks in the cuticle, which could make fungal or bacterial infection more likely.
Opt for a shorter length, which may be less prone to breakage as you go about your busy day. u File nails smooth before applying polish. An uneven edge is an invitation for peeling and chipping.
Use a primer or base coat to protect against discoloration and a top coat for durability. Unless your lacquer is a 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 multipurpose polish, stick to these steps.
Apply coats very thinly, letting them dry as you build up color.
Continue the coat over the tip.
Avoid prolonged water exposure: Wear gloves while doing chores and keep your baths warm (not hot) and short.
Apply a fresh topcoat every 2-3 days.
Note: If you have a condition such as diabetes that may make you prone to infection or slow healing from cuts, check with your doctor about nail care.