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Get your hands in shape with these tips, then add pol­ish in your favourite shades for the best hand self­ies ever – no fil­ter needed!

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty / Nails -

1 Mois­turise

Ap­ply lo­tion every time you wash your hands to help pre­vent dry skin and over­grown cu­ti­cles. And use one with cit­ric acid, rec­om­mends der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Ellen Mar­mur: “It re­vives skin tis­sue and in­creases ab­sorp­tion of min­er­als in the mois­turiser,” she says. We love Crabtree & Eve­lyn Tarocco Or­ange Ul­tra-mois­tur­is­ing Hand Ther­apy (R350).

2 Strengthen

For stronger nails, slather co­conut oil from knuck­les to fin­ger­tips twice a day. Tak­ing bi­otin sup­ple­ments, and eat­ing a rain­bow of fruits and veg­gies may also help de­crease break­age. “The deeper the food’s colour, the more nu­tri­ents it has for growth,” says Dr Mar­mur.

3 Brighten

Dark pol­ish can seep into the nail and cause dis­coloura­tion, so al­ways wear a base coat. Our pick: Mavala Super Base Coat (R87). If you’re al­ready deal­ing with yel­low­ing, a bit of lemon, bak­ing soda or bleach from tooth-whiten­ing strips can help, says man­i­curist Jin Soon Choi.

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