How do I protect my nails in the sun? Top tips for healthy nails this summer
We all love sun, sea, sand and a summer holiday. But if you’re not careful, your nails won’t be enjoying it! Just like we protect our skin in the sun we need to remember our nails too – otherwise, that fresh new gel manicure you gave yourself before jetting off won’t look as nicely polished by the time you land back in the UK. Here are our top tips for keeping your nails healthy this summer.
Nourish your nails
Moisturiser and cuticle oil should always be your two best friends, but they’re even more important in the summer. Not only does the sun dry out your skin and nails but the extra exposure to water in swimming pools and the sea can play havoc with your hydration levels.
Keep topping up the moisture by moisturising your hands and feet regularly and applying cuticle oil often to keep your nails hydrated. Top tip: apply cuticle oil and massage it into your nails and cuticles; we also love applying it before bed, so it has the whole night to soak in without being washed off.
Remember the SPFWhen applying suncream don’t forget your hands and fingers! While our hands are more used to sunlight than the rest of our body, that doesn’t mean they can’t burn; they’re still just as susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays as any other part of your body.
Massage SPF into your hands and fingers and make sure to top up regularly, especially if you take a dip in the poor or wash your hands. That goes for the rest of your body too!
Keep an eye on the length
It’s no secret that the sun helps your nails to grow – but be wary of just how long they’re getting. Nails that grow too long can become too heavy for the nail plate to support, leaving them more susceptible to chipping and breaking.
Thinking about the shape of your nails before you get your pre-holiday manicure is important. Round nails are less likely to break, so if you’re worried about breakages during a longer holiday it’s a wise idea to opt for a rounder shape.
Drink plenty of water
Hydration works from the inside out. It’s incredibly important to keep your water intake high when spending time in the sunshine so that you don’t become too dehydrated.
Not only will plenty of water keep your body working as it should and stave off any dehydration headaches, but topping up on water will also have a positive impact on the hydration levels of your skin and nails too.
Now you’re ready to hit the beach, it’s time for the all-important decision: which colour gel polish should you go for? Our summer favourites are a great place to start, and you can browse our very summery Smoothie range too for something a little different!