I’ve always been one of those people who liked to look after their nails and paint them all various colours. I even use to buy the Rio Professional Nail Art Pens just to do more complicated nail designs back when I had too much time on my hands in high school.
I get annoyed with one nail breaking, never mind when all of my nails start to break at the same time. When I started my new job I was experiencing a lot of stress, and my nails became very thin and brittle and broke one by one. The picture below shows the state of my nails when they were at their worst, where I had to cut them all really short to avoid anymore breakage:
Then, I discovered the Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in clear. This formula is applied like a nail polish and is meant to strengthen and protect nails from chipping, splitting, peeling and breaking.
People may think that £4.75 for a small 13ml bottle isn’t worth it, but I promise you that it helps to prevent further breakage of your nails!
The formula contains nylon fibres, which forms a lattice structure on your nails to add strength to your nails. Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is normally used in skin moisturisers, as it acts as an antioxidant and can speed up cell renewal, so I am assuming it helps to do the same for nails (correct me if I am wrong). A balance of omega-3 and omega-6 is needed in your diet to avoid brittle or soft nails, so the formula also contains omega-3.
You paint 2-3 coats of the formula to your nails and it adds a natural-looking gloss to your nails. This is an image of what my nails look like following painting them:
I have added a little gallery below to show you how my nails progressed week after week:
I’m aware that wearing nail polish whilst trying to repair my nails was probably a poor decision, but for some reason when I paint my nails it makes me more aware of them, so I tend to be more careful that I don’t chip my nails.
I have also taken some vitamin supplements, as I realised I could have been lacking certain supplements, which caused my nails to become brittle and soft. I tried the Superdrug Advanced Beauty, which contains biotin. Biotin is needed to build-up the protein, keratin, which can be found in your hair and nails. I may have also been lacking vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and protects cells from oxidative stress. It is a vital vitamin that aids in growth and repair of cells and helps to make collagen, which is found in skin, hair and nails because of its strengthening property.
By week 5, my nails were almost back to their normal, healthy state. So, it shows that sometimes you just need to take some time out for yourself to look after yourself and it will all pay off!
Please also be aware that your nails won’t just grow back healthy overnight, you need to give your body time to correct and fix the problem, so don’t just give up taking supplements or using the Sally Hansen formula if it doesn’t work straight away!
Week 5 – My Nails Now
I hope this post helps those who are suffering from weak, broken or brittle nails!
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(DISCLAIMER: This post was not sponsored by Sally Hansen and all opinions are my own!)