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    21 Things To Help You Maintain Healthy Nails

    Keep your nails long and healthy with these amazing products that actually work!

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    1. Cutex All In One Strengthener Nail Treatment adds a layer of protection to your nails so they become harder and don't break or stain from polish. And it makes your manicure last a little longer than if you use any old base or top coat.

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    I've been using this for about 3-4 months now and I've totally seen the difference in my nails. My nails usually grow very long (especially on my left hand) but once they get to a certain length, they would chip or break. Now since I've been using this strengthener, not only do my nails not break when they get longer, they also are harder, and my polish lasts longer. Most of the time I use this strengthener as a base coat, but there are times when I use it as a top coat as well. Either way, I've definitely have seen a difference in my nails and I will continue to use this no matter what!

    Get it from Target for $6.99.

    2. KBShimmer Just Beachy Mani Shot will give you the same salon manicure feeling and results at home. Each mini bomb is infused with cocoa and shea butters, luxurious jojoba, and pure olive oil to moisturize your skin and nails. And it'll also soften your cuticles and get them ready for gentle removal!

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    This is another one of my favorite DIY manicure products to keep your nails and skin hydrated and healthy. All you have to do is fill up a bowl with warm water, drop the shot in, wait about 30-60 secs for it to fizz up, and then get to soaking those cuticles! The Just Beachy Shot will also make you feel like you're on a tropical island vacay while you're pampering yourself! It has sweet beachy, floral, and fruity fragrance you'll love. You can also use these for your feet too!

    This product is vegan!

    Get it from KBShimmer for $2.50.

    And check out more scents of the KBShimmer's Mani Shots.

    3. CND Solar Oil is made with a natural blend of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, antioxidants, and vitamin E to penetrate damaged and flaky nails for a healthy look and feel.

    Promising review: "Omg this is the real deal. I applied it to my nails and cuticles. It worked and now are my awful cuticles are gone. Before they looked dry and no matter what I did, lotion several times a day, it didn’t work. But with one application of this oil and my nails look so fresh, clean, and not flaky at all!! Love!!" —W. Mills

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    4. Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover is formulated with apricot kernel oil, vitamin E, and flaxseed oil to gently but effectively remove stubborn nail polish without over-drying your nails and cuticles like pure acetone removers do.

    Promising review: "Great removing power! Removes dark or flashy nail polish quite easily. No need to rub too much, I start with one cotton ball, remove most of the nail polish, then I use another cotton ball to finish up the edges of my nails and I am done." —Kafu

    Get it from Walmart for $1.97 or Amazon for $6.27.

    5. Onsen Secret Nail Buffer Block files, smooths, and shines in just three steps. It'll remove polish stains, improve nail bed blood circulation, and polish ridges all in one!

    Promising review: "At my age, my nails are getting thin and brittle. I cannot wear nail polish. I have tried other products but the Onsen buffer is by far the best. My nails are smooth, shiny, and seem healthier than they have in ages." —Tmarsh

    Get it from Amazon for $14.20 (available in seven combo options).

    6. Le Mini Macaron Rose Nail Mask hydrates your brittle nails with lavender and rose extracts. Just like sheet masks on your face, these give your nails a much-needed boost of moisture. And guess what, you can still use your phone while you have them on!

    Promising review: "The CUTEST packaging!!! There are 10 little nail wraps inside and you just tear them apart and slip one over each finger. You can do it when you're watching TV at home but the good part is that you can still use your phone when you have them on. The scent is gorgeous! It's Rose but almost like an essential oil, so it's really nice. Wait about 15-20 min and then you can rub the excess into your cuticles. I have really dry cuticles so these are nice to do every few weeks just to hydrate them!!" —PT135

    Get it from Ulta for $4.50.

    7. CND RescueRXx is a daily keratin treatment to improve nail conditions like splitting, peeling, and white patches in just about in a week. You should apply this to your bare nails only, massaging into nails and cuticles, twice a day.


    Promising review: "This is the only treatment that has revitalized my nails. They were peeling and would not grow. Now they are almost back to normal. I may be able to wear polish again!" —Marie3

    Get it from Ulta for $19.90.

    8. Nail Tek Nail Recovery Kit is a three-step system that'll restore soft and peeling nails back to a healthy state by sealing layers and promoting strength and flexibility.


    The kit comes with a ridge filler foundation, an intensive therapy strengthener, and cuticle oil.

    Promising review: "This kit is great for restoring your nails back to health. After years of acrylic nails, my nails were an awful mess. This nail recovery kit really works. You have to stick with it, and in due time your nails will be normal again." —NUNU6

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    9. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes are infused with keratin to help make your nails stronger while giving you vibrant, chip resistant, and salon-quality color that'll last up to 10 days.

    This product is formulated without parabens, phthalate, and aluminum.

    Promising review: "I love the complete salon manicure series. It goes on really smooth and doesn't chip very quickly. I pair it with the Sally Hansen quick dry top coat and the polish can easily last a week. My nails also don't feel as dried out when removing the polish. I definitely recommend giving this a try!" —Malfisch

    Get it from Amazon for $4.24+ (available in 44 colors and three sizes).

    10. CND Cuticle Eraser gently removes your overgrown cuticles so you don't have to worry about sitting through a painful salon manicure (or even multiple).

    Promising review: "Fantastic product! I have cuticles that tend to grow too fast and become sore. Even at a professional manicure, the manicurists have to cut them and sometimes hurt me. But with this product, I just use a little around my cuticles at night and the cuticles melt away. This is a nice moisturizer for the nail beds and it makes the cuticles nice and smooth with no cutting. Love the product!" —Eliza B

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    11. OPI Maximum Strength Nail Strengthener is formulated with hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium to prevent breakage and make your nails harder and longer. This can be used by itself as a stand-alone treatment or as a base coat alternative.

    Promising review: "I've had bad nails that chip and break right at the skin my entire life. Health issues, constant use of hands in water, etc. This stuff makes all the difference. I'm a busy mom and I even forget to put more coats on throughout the week. My nails still are so much better then they were. I cannot recommend this enough. I have no need to go to a salon anymore and pay for gel nails that would only last on me for four days." —kazarmo

    Get it from Amazon for $17.05 (available in six colors)

    12. Sephora Collection Tough As Nails Deluxe Kit has everything you need for a DIY manicure on the go. Clip your hangnails, broken nails, or rigid cuticles no matter where you are!


    This product is cruelty-free and includes a cuticle nipper, an angled nail clipper, scissors, a nail clipper, a double-ended cuticle trimmer/pusher, a cuticle trimmer, and a toenail clipper.

    Promising review: "Love being able to just toss this in a pocket of my bag and take it to class with me. I get tons of hangnails and find them distracting during classes, so I can just take care of it like that! Has everything you could possibly need." —SXVVY

    Get it from Sephora for $20.

    13. Bee Naturals Cuticle Oil prevents and heals torn cuticles and hangnails with a natural tea tree, olive oil, avocado oil, castor bean oil, and vitamin E formula.,

    This product is cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I have used many different types of cuticle oils in the past but Bee Naturals has exceeded my expectations. In only a little more than a week I have seen a difference in my cuticles. When I get a little tear in my cuticles, I pick at it before I even realize it. This product prevents the little tears that are so tempting to pick at." —lady with cats

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    14. Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Strengthening Top Coat seals in your polish color and helps to prevent nail breakage. This will keep your manicures healthy while lasting longer than before.


    This product is formulated without parabens, phthalate, and aluminum.

    Promising review: "First off, I'm a firm believer that everyone has slightly different nails. A brand one person swears by may not work at all for someone else. That said, this was magic. I've had naturally long, strong nails for years now, and they're the only 'beauty' thing I really pay much attention to. Four months ago, they started peeling and cracking and breaking off, and the ends hurt. I tried all the major brands' strengthening and hydrating products, I tried oiling, I tried just keeping them short and wearing gloves. I spotted this and figured it couldn't hurt to try. It was an overnight difference — my nails are as good or better than they ever were. I'm truly stunned." —c locke

    Get it from Target for $3.49 or Amazon for $4.93.

    15. Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Serum is enriched with a peptide serum and biotin to accelerate nail growth and eliminate brittleness.

    Promising review: "It definitely works! You just have to be consistent and use a nail harder/growth base on your nails. It apart of my daily nail routine." —Tranea Brize

    Get it from Amazon for $7.41 (available in a two-pack; also available in a single bottle).

    16. Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream softens your cuticles with a 100% natural blend of sweet almond oil, cocoa seed butter, and a lemony fresh scent. It's perfect to use if you hate chemical smells.


    Promising review: "I started using this during chemotherapy to manage the damage it was doing to my fingernails and toenails and it was a lifesaver. I've continued to use it post-treatment — as an avid gardener, traveler, and outdoorsy-type person I find it does a great job keeping my cuticles soft and less prone to tearing/injury. Plus it smells great! I keep some in my purse and have gotten friends and family hooked on it too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.67+ (comes in a pack of three or six).

    17. Tweezerman Dual Surface Nail Brush is two-sided, with soft bristles on one side for the top of your nails and short stiff bristles on the other side to clean under your nails. It's great for those who garden or work with their hands to get rid of dirt for a clean look and feel.


    Promising review: "This is my second one. I think it's the best nail brush there is. The bristles are stiff enough to get the dirt out but soft enough that they don't harm your skin. The ridge of bristles on the top of the brush is designed just right for getting the dirt out from under the fingernails. I apply soap on the bristles prior to scrubbing." —My2Cents

    Get it from Amazon for $6.27.

    18. Deborah Lippmann Exfoliating Cuticle Remover smoothly sheds dead and dry cuticle skin, making it easier and less painful to remove or push back.


    This product is cruelty-free and formulated without formaldehyde, dbp, or camphor!

    Promising review: "I love this product. I already have weird/short looking nail beds, but this made them look and feel a lot healthier and nicer. Pushing back my cuticles with this product is great because it takes dead skin off while I do it, and it leaves healthy, soft looking cuticles after. I would recommend leaving it on for 1:30–2 minutes for it to work well though. After I push them back, I rub them off with a paper towel to remove excess dead skin, I then moisturize with homemade cuticle oil." —Allie

    Get it from Amazon $18.98+ (available in four sizes).

    19. Onyx Professional Hard As Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream prevents splits, chips, and tears of even the most severe cases while making soft nails harder — all with a delightful coconut scent.

    Promising review: "So my grandmother told me about this product when I was young, about 20 years ago or so. I use it all the time! THIS STUFF WORKS! It works really well too. My nails grow really long in a few weeks and I get to decide when to cut them off. Women ask me about them all the time, 'How do you get such white nail tips?' Well, it's because of this." —Halie Brake

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    20. Seche Keratin-Infused Cuticle Oil will not only repair and heal dry cuticles, but it will help your nails grow with a sweet almond scent.


    Promising review: "I have severely dry skin, moderate to severe eczema, a very severe allergy to all things coconut, I wear gel and acrylics 24/7, and I have very high standards/requirements for cuticle oil — but this one meets them all! On top of that, it smells lovely from the sweet almond oil that they've added to the mix. It gets two thumbs (with well hydrated, soft eponychiums) up!" —Sebastian

    Get it from Ulta for $7.46 (originally $9.95) or Amazon for $10.95.

    21. And Mavala Switzerland Stop Nail Biting Polish prevents you from biting your nails with a gross and bitter (but harmless) taste. Your nails can finally grow healthier and longer after using this.

    Read our closer look at the Mavala Switzerland Stop Nail Biting Polish. And it's safe for children 4+ and adults.

    Promising review: "I am a nail-biting addict, at least I was before this stuff. They would even bleed I would get them so low. I wanted to have my natural nails for my wedding and my cousin mentioned this stuff. I was hesitant at first, because I have used other anti-biting polishes and I have been able to bite right through them. Not this stuff! It tastes horrible, and even stays on your lips reminding you not to try biting again. Definitely buy this if you are looking to get long, beautiful naturally healthy nails." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50+ (available in three pack sizes).

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