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Der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Dana Stern says there are a few key in­di­ca­tors for healthy nails. “Well-groomed nails are not too long, clean and even, and the tips are white,” she says. For op­tional hand health and ap­pear­ance, try Dr Stern’s main­te­nance tips #1 Nail strength

Brit­tle, weak and un­even nails be­come in­creas­ingly com­mon as we age. Dr Stern rec­om­mends nail treat­ments to ad­dress strength, as they build the nail plate and pro­vide it with pro­tec­tion. Nail strength is also in­trin­si­cally linked to a well-bal­anced and cal­cium-rich diet.

#2 Cu­ti­cle care

“The cu­ti­cle is the nail’s nat­u­ral pro­tec­tive seal,” ex­plains Dr Stern, which is why main­tain­ing them pre­vents peel­ing, crack­ing or in­fec­tion. Dr Stern rec­om­mends reg­u­larly push­ing the cu­ti­cles back af­ter a warm shower or bath. (Avoid cut­ting!) Cu­ti­cle oils or balms en­cour­age soft­ness.

#3 Add mois­ture

Hands and nails re­quire an in­ten­sive mois­turiser be­cause they’re fre­quently ex­posed to po­ten­tially de­hy­drat­ing con­di­tions – like be­ing washed. “Mois­ture re­ju­ve­nates the ap­pear­ance of hands and nails,” says Dr Stern. Keep cream in your hand­bag and next to sinks to en­sure reap­pli­ca­tion is top of mind.

#4 Ton­ing treat­ments

Nail and hand-spe­cific masks and ex­fo­lia­tors re­fresh the top layer to im­prove smooth­ness and vi­brancy. “This process re­moves su­per­fi­cial dam­age so that you can more ef­fec­tively treat and mois­turise the nail, bring­ing the ‘can­vas’ back to shape,” says Dr Stern.

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