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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!
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).
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.
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.