• Nail Treatments

Intensive Care for Your Nails

ometimes things just don't work out the way you would like them too. Perhaps you have taken all the steps and followed all the advice for great looking nails, but it has not worked out and your nails need some intensive care.

If this is the case there are plenty of different products on the market that can help to repair damage.

There are three different types of product that spring to mind.

These are:

                         1. Nail and cuticle oils
                        2. Creams and oils specifically made to repair and hydrate your nails
                        3. More general products that use different chemicals, vitamins and proteins to strengthen damaged nails

Nail and Cuticle Oils

The nail and cuticle oils are mainly a maintenance product and usually work over a longer period of time. But if your nails need more intensive treatment you can use them on a more regular basis for a week or two. For example you can apply them after every time you wash your hands.

Leading nail and cuticle oils include OPI Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil, Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil and Jessica Nourish. Even if you choose a different type of product to get your nails back on track, it is a good idea to use one of these on a regular basis to keep your nails in good shape.

Nail Repair Creams

Perhaps the nail cream with the best reputation for repairing damaged nails is Leighton Denny Renovate and Repair Cream. It sets out to do exactly what the name suggests. Its ingredients include a range of essential oils such as Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime, Orange, Lavender, Lavandin, Eucylaptus & Cardamon. It also includes Avocado oil, Rice Bran Oil, Glycerin, Bio-active Glass, Diamond particles and Panthenol, Vitamin E.

As you can see the product contains a lot of oils. These get to work to boost and repair your nails. Leighton Denny suggests it can take around 14 days before you start to see the results.

Nail Strengtheners

The leading brand for more general nail repair products is OPI Nail Envy. Nail Envy has a mix of ingredients. These include proteins and vitamins and a few other chemicals as well. One of the key selling points used by OPI for Nail Envy is that it is a nail strengthener.

There are a range of different formulas within the Nail Envy brand that target specific nail problems. For example there are formulas for dry and brittle nails, soft and thin, as well as sensitive and peeling nails. As you can see, the range covers most eventualities. There is also an Original version that is a good choice for general nail strengthening. Once specific problems have been overcome there is a Maintenance version to keep your nails looking at their best.

Although all these products have good reputations they don't work for everybody.

It Can Take Time to Repair Damage

There are a couple of reasons why these products might not work for you, at least in the short term.

To start with your nails may be in very poor condition. Common causes include overuse of gel polish and the removal of acrylic nails. If this is the case, but there are no underlying problems with your nails it may be a case of being patient and waiting for the condition of your nails to improve over a prolonged period.

If Problems Persist Talk to a Doctor

There may be an underlying cause to your nail problems. If you have tried everything you can think of and you are making no progress, it is a good idea to consult your doctor. If you have nails in poor condition and there is no obvious reason for this, it could be an indication of a nail infection or a more general health problem. If you think this may be the case, don't delay. Talk to your doctor.