How to Care for Nails After Acrylics
As far as artificial nail enhancements go, acrylic nails are among the most popular. But—as with most things that are fake—they are not without downsides. If acrylics are not applied and removed properly, this can lead to nail thinness, brittleness, peeling, and splitting over time. If your nail beds are in desperate need of some TLC post-acrylics, you’ve come to the right place. Ahead, we share helpful tips on how to nurse your nails back to tip-top shape after they’ve been put through the wringer.
CUT YOUR NAILS
First things first, cut your nails as short as possible. If your nails are damaged, you’ll want to keep them trimmed to help reduce the chance of breakage and splitting. Once you’ve reached your desired length, file them into the shape of your choice.
NOURISH YOUR CUTICLES
Next: Get your cuticles back in good shape. Healthy-looking cuticles are a must for gorgeous nails, so you’ll want to pay extra attention during this step. Gently push them back with a stick and apply a cuticle oil like Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil. Apply it twice a day, or as needed.
Editor’s Tip: We like to keep a cuticle oil at our desks at work so that we can remember to apply throughout the day. During the winter months especially when indoor heating can suck the moisture out of the office air it’s key to have some moisturizing products on hand…which brings us to our next tip!
MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS
In addition to nourishing your cuticles, apply liberal coats of hand cream or oil to help soften the skin around your nails—hand cream is another must-have for the desk! It’s no secret that dry, cracked skin on hands can draw negative attention to your nails. Since that’s the last thing you want to happen when your nails are damaged, make sure to hydrate your paws often.
GET A PROFESSIONAL MANICURE
At-home maintenance is important, but it’s worth spending the extra money to see a professional nail technician once your nails are in decent shape. Getting regular manicures can help keep your nails in better condition. Plus, you’re much less likely to bite and pry at your weak nails if they have a coat of polish on them (and if you spent $$ on beautifying them)!
It may take time before you see noticeable results, but try not to give up. All good things take time, so be patient and consistent with your routine! If you do, you’ll be well on your way to healthy-looking, gorgeous, and—dare we say—strong nails.