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You only have to look at un-retouched images of Madonna to know that the first signs of aging are your hands and neck. We need to protect these precious areas, ideally from early on.
If you’ve ever had acrylic or gel nails, you will also know how weak it makes them and how long it take for your nails to get their strength back. Don’t forget that your nails require sun and air to grow and become strong. If you take that away, it only makes sense that they will be weak. If you naturally have brittle or weak nails, it might be worth using a nail oil to strengthen your nails (such as Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil).
During the day we put our hands through a lot. Just think about that for a moment. What did you do on the weekend? Was it in the sun, did you do the dishes, washing, general cleaning, cooking? To help protect and nourish our precious paws, use gloves where suitable. I’m not just talking the pretty plastic dishwashing kind, I mean Bliss Glamour Gloves, the kind that renourish your skin. Chuck these babies on while watching TV at night. Before you go out in the morning, also put on hand cream that includes an SPF (such as ZO Skin Health Oraser Daily Hand Repair SPF 20) and ideally carry this around and reapply during the day.
Once a week, give your hands and nails a once over with a hand and nail scrub (H2O Spa Hand & Cuticle Scrub), rub in cuticle cream (such as Eve Lom Cuticle Cream) and file nails in whatever shape you like. Personally, I like round and short, less likely to jab into anyone. Once you are filed, you can start putting on your polish. I’m in love with YSL textured black nails right now. They can be worn during the day or night and that suits me perfectly!