A beautiful manicure is attainable with these tips for summer nails!
Ahhh summertime. It’s the time of year we all look forward to – breezy dresses, flip flops, and bright, fun nails that make our summer glow pop. But who wants to dive into summer with cracked, brittle nails, dingy, yellow nails, or nails that won’t grow?!
Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! We’re sharing our very best beauty hacks for your prettiest summer nails that are so good, you may even skip your weekly mani (and spend that time poolside instead!)
Check out these tips for beautiful summer nails:
Looking for longer nails?
TRY: Warm olive oil treatments
Everyone’s nails will naturally grow at a different pace, and there are tons of variables that can affect this including diet and environment. But the key to growing longer nails that don’t break off is – you guessed it – STRENGTH! Strong nails are going to grow in thicker and hold up against every day ware and tare, which allows them to grow longer and appear more healthy! So how do you strengthen your nails? Eat a healthy, protein-rich diet and supplement this with warm olive oil treatments. Simply warm olive oil between your palms and massage the warm oil into your cuticles. The olive oil will actually penetrate the nail to help repair any damage and strengthen the nail itself.
Want to get brighter nails?
TRY: Nail whitening
Ok, so we’ve all heard of whitening our teeth but what about our nails?! Sand, surf, and bright polishes can sometimes leave our nail tips looking less than luminous. The fix? Combine lemon juice, sea salt, and water in a bowl and soak for 10 minutes, rinsing well after. This lemony mixture will bring your nail tips back to life, and leave them white enough to skip the polish and rock a french mani, au nautrale!
Need to smooth out cuticles?
TRY: Coconut oil
Everyone gets the dreaded hangnail every now and then, but for repeat offenders, coconut oil is your best friend! Brittle, haywire cuticles may be a sign your cuticles are too dry, causing them to split from the skin. Coconut oil is super hydrating, so adding this to your routine can help keep them at bay. Just take a small amount of coconut oil, melt it into your palm, and massage into your cuticles gently for a few minutes before bed. Repeat daily for best results. (A fun added benefit? Super shiny nails!)
Want stronger nails?
TRY: Collagen & Biotin
We talked about how important nail strength is above, and to keep nails strong and growing long, collagen and biotin are amazing secret weapons. Collagen supplements contain arginine, which is a crucial building block of amino acids for nail growth. Argentine produces nitric oxide, which actually helps improve blood circulation and supplies nutrients to the nail root. So what does this mean for you? Ingesting collagen can actually help improve the first stages of nail growth. Oh – and collagen’s best friend, biotin is another amazing supplement for nails. Low levels of biotin can actually lead to brittle nails, since biotin helps use glucose efficiently for protein, which is crucial for cell growth in nails. Biotin can be found in supplement form, or in some of these delicious foods:
Looking for more conditioned nails?
Honey is an amazing natural conditioner for your nails because it serves two purposes – to strengthen your nail AND soften the cuticle around them. Mix raw honey with apple cider vinegar and apply the mixture to your nails for 10 minutes. An added benefit? Honey can even help naturally fight bacteria and fungus infections under the nail, due to its anti-bacterial properties. Why not make this simple grocery ingredient part of your regular routine for summer nails?
So give it a try, add some collagen, honey or coconut oil to your summer routine, and enjoy your naturally long, strong, and beautiful nails!