These 5 tips for great nails will leave you with silky, glowing hands and the glossiest nails – no salon trip required.
1. Banish dry, scraggly cuticles
You need a cuticle conditioner to nourish those horrid dry nails. Try Healing Hands Hand Nail & Cuticle Cream, R37,95. It’s a dinky little tube that easily slips into your handbag and works like a charm.
2. Nourish skin
For an instant ultra-luxe treatment, go for Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant – Fragrance Free, R285. From the moment you apply it, hands feel nourished and look deliciously radiant.
3. Toughen up
If you have soft, brittle nails, you need an intensive nail-hardening treatment like Sally Hansen Miracle Cure, R95,95.
4. So soft
For super soft hands, try Hydrating Hand & Nail Cream Orange, R32,50. It’s enriched with tangerine, calendula oil, shea butter and vitamin E to deeply nourish the skin.
5. Lightning fast
Nail Lacquer Rapid Dry Top Coat, R170, gives an ultra-fast finish to freshly painted nails. This brilliant quick-dry top coat ensures your nails are touch-dry in a minute and totally dry in five!
Remember these tips for all-round elegance:
- Almond-shaped nails are to hands what stilettos are to legs! Elongate fingers and make your hands look more graceful by filing nails into a perfect oval.
- Your best anti-ageing defence is to use an SPF 15 (or higher) on top of your hand cream, and re-apply it often.
- Even if you do nothing else to care for your hands, rub any oil (olive or jojoba are great) or cuticle oil/cream into dry skin whenever you can. It makes cuticles gleam as if you’ve just had a manicure.