FIL­ING SYS­TEM

POL­ISH YOUR ROU­TINE BY EX­TEND­ING THE SELF LOVE FROM TIP TO TOE

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | YOU - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON

Sun­screen, sham­poo, con­di­tioner and cleansers — when we think of our beauty regimes, our hair and skin cer­tainly get the royal treat­ment. When was the last time you shared the love with your nails?

If your nails are weak and prone to break­ing, Kester Black di­rec­tor Anna Ross says there could be some­thing miss­ing from your diet or lifestyle.

“Weak nails are nor­mally al­ways a sign of de­fi­ciency in the body of some kind,” Anna says. “It sounds tragic, but don’t worry, it’s not all bad. It ba­si­cally means your blood isn’t nour­ish­ing your nails.

“We rec­om­mend build­ing your blood with iron-rich food and get­ting some much needed rest and re­lax­ation.

“It is true that nails be­come brit­tle with age, how­ever, liv­ing a healthy lifestyle with reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and a healthy diet will help to im­prove the over­all health of your nail.”

Just like your skin, your nails need mois­ture and will read­ily ab­sorb it. Anna rec­om­mends opting for prod­ucts with vi­ta­min E, known for its an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties that pro­tect nails from age­ing and can change the colour from yel­low to a healthy pink.

“There are lots of prod­ucts on the mar­ket that claim to nour­ish the nail and en­cour­age growth,” Anna says.

“Our nail pol­ish re­movers have Vi­ta­min E oil in them to sup­port healthy growth and pro­mote mois­ture in the nail plate.

“We use or­ganic in­gre­di­ents wher­ever pos­si­ble and our prod­ucts are cru­elty free and ve­gan, mak­ing them not only good for your nails but good for the planet.”

There’s a nail neigh­bour that needs TLC too — the cu­ti­cle.

Cu­ti­cles form a pro­tec­tive seal around the base of your nail, keep­ing the area free from germs and in­fec­tion. If you’re look­ing af­ter your cu­ti­cles, you’re much more likely to have healthy nails.

“Your cu­ti­cles are the keep­ers of your nail health,” Anna says.

“If you take care of your cu­ti­cles they’ll re­ward you with strong, healthy nails.

“Cu­ti­cle oil is a good way to keep your cu­ti­cles nour­ished and in turn your nails will be stronger and health­ier.

“If your cu­ti­cles do be­come a lit­tle un­ruly, we rec­om­mend us­ing some cu­ti­cle oil and a nail tool to push them back in prepa­ra­tion for a DIY mani or just as part of your beauty rou­tine.”

Fi­nally, opt for nail pol­ish that is free from toxic chem­i­cals — nas­ties to steer clear of in­clude formalde­hyde, cam­phor and parabens. Kester Black’s range of var­nishes are 10-free, mean­ing they’re free from 10 known toxic pol­ish in­gre­di­ents, but other brands also stock 3-free and 7-free ranges.

“Ob­vi­ously we are a lit­tle bi­ased, but we al­ways rec­om­mend us­ing nail pol­ish that is 10-free and breath­able,” anna says.

WE LOVE 1. MOR MARSH­MAL­LOW HAND AND NAIL CREAM, $32.95, MORBOUTIQU­E.COM 2. KESTER BLACK ALMOND CU­TI­CLE OIL, $20, KESTERBLAC­K.COM 3. KESTER BLACK CO­RAL BLUSH NAIL POL­ISH, $20, KESTERBLAC­K.COM 4. RUBI ON THE GO NAIL KIT, $9.95, COTTONON.COM 1 2 3 4

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