Like a black and white Breton top, a well-cut pair of high waisted jeans, and white sneakers, some beauty trends just never go out of style. It’s hard to go wrong with fresh, dewy skin, a glowing tan, and a set of healthy nails: whatever the year and whatever the season, they’re the perfect accessories to complement any look. But none of these things come easy – just like any good 90s playlist, you’re going to need to put in a little bit of TLC. So before you start chasing waterfalls in pursuit of the perfect summer ‘gram, read on for our top nail care tips for maintaining healthy nails throughout the summer season. You and your fingers can thank us later.
Seriously. Cuticles might just be some of the most underappreciated parts of the human body: their whole purpose is to provide a protective seal on top of your nail matrix to shield new nail growth from bacteria and damage. Cuticles keep your nails safe from pathogens and other nasties, only for us to search for ways to get rid of them. Sorry, little guys. It sounds like a puzzle: everybody wants healthy nails, but nobody wants dry, visible cuticles throwing off their mani game. What’s a girl to do? Show your cuticles some love and they’ll give you some in return. Keeping them clean and moist can do wonders in terms of keeping your nails looking fresh, so make cuticle care a part of your beauty routine. Sort out an existing situation with our Nourishing Cuticle Remover, which massages away dry cuticles and dead cells, and maintain healthy nails with a daily dash of our moisture-rich Hydrating Cuticle Oil.
Now that you’ve got your cuticles covered, don’t forget about the rest of your hand! Make moisturising your hands part of your everyday summer routine, just like putting on sunscreen. Slip, slop, slap, and slather on your favourite cruelty-free moisturiser and keep your hands soft and looking (and feeling!) good. And don’t forget about your feet – cute as open-toed sandals may be, they can be seriously damaging and turn your otherwise elegant arches into dry, cracked desert landscapes. Gross, but nothing a slick of moisturiser can’t fix.
Having said this, remember that moisture is super important both inside and outside your body, particularly in the hot summer months. If you’re reading this, have a glass of water. Your nails (and the rest of you) will glow from within.
So, here’s the thing: the sun makes your nails grow faster. How good is nature, right? Before you get too excited at your suddenly rapidly growing nails, let’s get real about the effect that this can have on nail care and health. Faster growing nails mean you need to up the nail care ante to preserve your nail shape and strength, two things that can prevent breakages and chipping that can turn into more serious damage down the track. Keep a watchful eye on your nails and keep them in check: particularly if you’re travelling this summer, it’s a good idea to keep nail clippers and an emery board in your emergency beauty kit – you never know when the moment for nail care may arise.
Summer means more time spent outside, and although this is almost always a good thing, you’ve got to remember to protect yourself. While UV rays are great at promoting nail growth, they can also make nails turn brittle and yellow. Pair this with the drying effect of salt water and chlorine and you’ve got the perfect recipe for nails flakier than the croissants at your favourite bakery. No thanks. Give your nails a protective boost with our range of Top Coat Polishes and keep the good things in and the bad things out. Once it’s time for you and your manicure to part ways, make it a conscious uncoupling and use our Water Based or Non-Acetone Nail Polish Removers to protect your nails from the drying effect of other harsh removers and give them a healthy dose of hydration.
Healthy nails are as much about wellbeing as they are about beauty. No summer nail care guide would be complete without info about the must-have nail polish colours to keep your nails as on-trend as they are healthy this season. So here it is, ladies: our round up of the essential nail colours for summer 2019.