Confession time: I may have broken the cardinal rule of gel manicures— I peeled off my polish (yes, I hear your collective gasp). For someone who’s inspecting their bare nails after months of back-to-back manis, I have to say, they don’t look too happy. If you’re like me and rarely give your nails a break from gel, acrylics or even just nail polish, take this as a sign to give them some extra TLC to nurture them back to health. Here are 5 products (that I probably need more than you do at this point) to help reverse the damage:
1. O.P.I Nail Envy Nail Strengthener
Infused with wheat protein and calcium, the O.P.I Nail Envy Nail Strengthener can be used as a stand-alone treatment for longer, harder and stronger natural nails as well as a base coat alternative to prevent staining and discolouration.
Price: INR 599
2. L’Occitane Shea Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil
Enriched with the anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of shea butter, the L’Occitane Shea Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil promises nourished, less brittle nails and softened cuticles.
Price: INR 1650
3. The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil
The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil features a nourishing almond oil formula bottled up in a handy pen-style design that helps to moisturise cuticles and strengthen dry, weak nails.
Price: INR 895
4. Colorbar Flower Shot Nail & Cuticle Oil
With the goodness of birch oil and Japanese cherry flower extract, the Colorbar Flower Shot Nail & Cuticle Oil’s damage-reversing formula is enriched with conditioners, antioxidants and organic silicon to actively restructure your fragile nail bed.
Price: INR 350
5. Orly Nailtrition Strengthener
The Orly Nailtrition Strengthener promotes healthy nail growth in just 14 days of treatment. Featuring a subtle sheer pink shimmer and infused with green tea extract, algae extract, calcium, and bamboo extract— it’s great for nails damaged by gels or acrylics.
Price: INR 1270
Read more about how to care for your cuticles here.