Break Out the Buffer
Step one: Gentle buffing evens out the nail plate to prevent further peeling. A little buffing action once or twice a week also increases blood circulation, so new, healthy nails can grow back quicker.
Take a Polish Break
This is a polish-free zone. Your nails need time to heal and repair themselves, so it’s time to take a hiatus from nail lacquer. Instead, apply an all-natural nail strengthener.
Keep Them Short
Your nails may be incredibly fragile right now. One little nick could lead to a painful tear. Until your nails recover, keep them short and slightly rounded (which is the strongest shape). Now more than ever, be careful to only file your nails in one direction—not back and forth. And use a fine-grit file to avoid snagging.
Step Away From the Cuticle Clippers
Your cuticles protect the new nails growing underneath, so keep your hands off of them. If they’re bothering you, can you push them back with an orange stick, but just be sure to have cuticle oil handy at all times. A few applications of Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Rehab will keep your cuticles and nails healthy.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Hydration is probably the most important part of the entire rehab process. Look for a hand cream with strengthening protein peptides, as well as nourishing antioxidants, and reapply often. At night, slip on moisturizing gloves for extra hydration. And if you you’re washing dishes, wear rubber gloves to protect your nails from the hot, soapy water.
Weekly soaks also help in the recovery process. Try dunking your fingertips into a moisturizing bath of warm olive oil for 10 minutes. You can also empty a vitamin E capsule into soak for added strengthening power. Whole milk, which is rich in moisture-replenishing fats, is another good option.
Nourish From the Inside Out
A healthy diet contributes to the health of your nails, too—after all, nails are made up of protein. Make sure you’re getting plenty of protein, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Adding a biotin supplement ensures you’re getting the all of the vitamins and minerals you need to rebuild healthy nails.
Skip Gel Mani, Try Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel
This Miracle Gel will completely change the way you wear nail polish. It goes on and comes off exactly like regular polish: two coats of a base-plus-colour formula and one layer of the topcoat. Each of them contains a chemical compound that acts a lot like a teeny solar panel, capturing light that activates a process that hardens and cures the gel while you go about your day. With Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel you have your very own long wear nails at home, all without the use of a UV lamp.