BEAUTY LAB

Do your talons need to visit Nail Re­hab? We say “go, go, go”

Cosmopolitan (UK) - - Contents -

Mavala Sci­en­tifique K+, £14.95

De­signed to har­den soft tips prone to splitting, us­ing ker­atin-strength­en­ing dimethy­lurea, which boosts the bond be­tween the three ma­jor nail lay­ers. This is def­i­nitely one for longer-nailed ladies, but a full nail treat­ment makes more sense for peo­ple like me who have more nail bed than tip.

NeoS­trata Nail Con­di­tion­ing So­lu­tion, £18.99

The key in­gre­di­ent is an al­pha hy­droxy acid usu­ally found in ex­fo­li­at­ing skin­care (no sur­prise given NeoS­trata is known for its gold-stan­dard skin prod­ucts). The AHA does the op­po­site here, bind­ing to the nail bed and pro­mot­ing healthy growth. You won’t get overnight re­sults, but ex­pect good-as-new nails be­fore you reach the end of the pot.

Nails Inc Green Fin­gers Con­di­tion­ing Treat­ment + Base Coat, £12

This saintly strength­ener is in­fused with plant pro­teins and other nat­u­ral nour­ish­ers such as aloe vera and pome­gran­ate. It wears like a glossy pol­ish and makes your nails look and feel in­stantly health­ier, so if you don’t like hav­ing bare nails while you treat them, this is the one for you.

Candy Coat Rapid Re­pair, £15 (and £89.99 for the UV lamp)

An at-home gel pol­ish that re­pairs rather than dam­ages? I was scep­ti­cal, then gob­s­macked when my sad, peel­ing nails came back to life. Avail­able in four shades and in­fused with nour­ish­ing es­sen­tial oils, it soft­ens un­der your gel top coat over the two-week treat­ment pe­riod, so half your nail bed doesn’t peel off dur­ing re­moval.

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