Diana Crisan Mar 15, 2016

It’s time we put our burgundy polishes to rest and give our nails a proper sendoff to spring break! Since this season is prime time for showing off your bright digits, we’ve rounded up some essentials for whipping your nails back into shape. If only cuticle oil could also get our bods ready! So, before you splurge on the newest essie collections, make sure your nail beds are ready for their close-up.

Nail Care Essentials

Keep Cuticle Oil Handy

Happy cuticles make for happy nails. If you’re one to pick at or bite around your nails, keep a bottle of cuticle oil on your desk as a daily reminder to apply. Dab a little bit on each finger and gently massage it into your nail bed and around the cuticle area for a shot of moisture. Adopting this good habit will help take your nails from sad and dry to shiny and healthy. For easy travel and application, we use The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil, which contains skin-conditioning oils like sweet almond, olive, grape seed and safflower.

Apply a Nail Treatment

Unfortunately, we weren’t all born with long and strong nails beds. If your nails are constantly breaking, bending or chipping, add a nail strengthener like essie grow stronger to your daily routine or try essie millionails every other day. Think of it as vitamins for your nails!

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Give Your Nails a Good Buffing

To smooth away any ridges and prevent your nails from snagging and tearing, buff or file the edges at the first sight of chipping so that matters don’t get worse! Ever break a nail so far down it hurts for days? Let’s prevent that using The Body Shop Nail Block!

Apply Hand Salve Before Bed

To keep your hands and nails healthy and moisturized, apply a thick layer of heavy-duty hand cream like Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Solve or the Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas before bed. It may sound silly, but wearing gloves overnight will help the cream penetrate your skin, and smoother hands means less peeling and cracking around your nail beds.  

And of course, the icing on the cake — once your nails are good to go, may we recommend our favorite spring shades of the moment? The essie spring and resort 2016 collections!

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About the Author:Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.

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