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The best remedy for dry hands and nails I've found is hand cream. Apply an emollient cream to your hands and nails every chance you get, working it into the nail bed and cuticles. Your hands and nails need moisture to stay healthy and supple. Even the most popular nailpolish-style treatments don't work as well. Here are a few of my favorite creams and nail treatments:
To keep your nails looking their best, trim or file any rough edges, always file in one direction (not back and forth), and please, don't use your nails as a tool. Follow these easy tips and you'll have healthier looking nails in no time!
Ever since nail polish revolutionaries Hard Candy and Urban Decay came on the scene with their then-outrageous blues, purples, and greens, nail polish has become more popular and more colorful than ever before. On top of adding wild new colors to your nail polish choices, these new brands also introduced to the mainstream, often younger generation consumers, the notion of paying $12 and more for a bottle of nail polish.
Do you really get better polish when you pay $12 for Hard Candy instead of $2.55 for Maybelline? Ultimately, no, because out of all the brands I have tested, they all perform pretty much the same. If you subject your hands and nails to the stresses of everyday life, most polishes, regardless of price, will last 2-3 days at the most without chipping or peeling.
As for color selection, now that brands like Maybelline and Revlon have added more "urban" colors to their line-up, you have more choices than ever, all at reasonable prices. Here are a few colors and brands that are fun choices and my personal favorites:
Basecoat - essential for protecting your nails and helping polish to adhere better
Pinks and Neutrals
Reds and Fuchsias
Browns and Golds
Fun Blues, Purples
Fast Dry Topcoats - speed dry top coats that help your color last longer and stay shiny