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Fix your nails in a weekend

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Makeup & nails

Fix your nails in a weekend

When the summer is filled with beach days, chilled sangria and the most laid-back beauty routine you’ve ever adapted, some things may fall to the side. Like your nails. Suddenly, pedicures are very high on your list (to fit into those Gucci sandals), but your fingernails? They’ve been lost on the beauty list and now look more dangerous than pretty. Rather than biting those nails into infinity, do major damage control and get them back to nude polish worthiness in just two days. Melissa Forrest, nail artist and expert for Sally Hansen, tells us how to do it.

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The problem: Not so pretty cuticles
Your cuticles look more like they belong to a teenage boy than a professional 30-something. Get them back in shape fast.

“Starting off with a manicure is ideal,” says Forrest. “If not, then gently push back your cuticles and nip any hanging or potential hang nails.” Mix together a bit of sugar with hand cream in the palm of your hand, then gently massage around your nails focusing on your cuticle area. “This will help to slough away any dry or dead skin around the cuticle and also clears the pathway for cuticle oil and any other moisturizer applied to soak into the skin well,” says Forrest.

Key tools: A cuticle pusher, cuticle clipper, hand cream and Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab.

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The problem: Dry, cracked hands
You hands are beyond “dry”, to the point where they’ve aged about 10 years. Pump them up with moisture for an instant fix.

“Exfoiliation is key,” insists Forrest. “In order for any type of moisturizing treatment to be effective, dead skin needs to be removed and skin needs to be stimulated, allowing the pores to open for moisturization.” Give your hands a good scrub before applying you favourite, intense hand cream for maximum results.

Key tools: “Using a lotion that contains shea butter will be nicely soaked up by a freshly exfoiliated hand,” suggests Forrest.

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The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: La Prairie

Key ingredient: Marine algae Targets: Wrinkles and age spots Result: An anti aging must, dewy skin appears with just a dab of lotion. La Prairie Cellular Hand Cream ($122), at Holt Renfrew. GALLERY: Best body scrubs for glowing skin

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of La Prairie Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: Neutrogena

Key ingredient: Glycerin Targets: Chapped skin Result: Repaired hands that won't crack when typing away at your keyboard. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($6.99), at food, drug and mass-market retailers across Canada. GALLERY: 10 body shimmers for glowing skin

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Neutrogena Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: Sonia Kashuk

Key ingredients: Shea butter and botanical oils Targets: Rough skin Result: Hands you won’t be afraid to shake with at your next business meeting. Sonia Kashuk Hand Crème Pink Innocencia ($6.99), at Target. GALLERY: 8 beauty products with honey

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Sonia Kashuk Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: Arbonne

Key ingredients: Safflower seed oil, kiwi, birch leaf extract and grapefruit Targets: Sore, parched skin Result: Say goodbye to expensive paraffin spa treatments with hydrated skin. Arbonne FC5 Ultra Hydrating Hand Crème ($22), at arbonne.ca. GALLERY: Best anti aging hand creams

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Arbonne Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: ESPA

Key ingredients: Mulberry, liquorice and bearberry Targets: Hyperpigmentation, environmental stress and dry cuticles Result: Youthful-looking skin and nails—just as if you’ve turned back the clock. ESPA Rejuvenating Hand Cream ($30), at espaskincare.com. GALLERY: The best body butters

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of ESPA Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: La Mer

Key ingredient: Seaweed Targets: Dullness and dark spots Result: Brighter skin you won’t want to cover up with cashmere gloves. La Mer The Hand Treatment ($90), exclusively at Holt Renfrew. GALLERY: Best organic moisturizers

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of La Mer Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: Molton Brown

Key ingredients: Pomegranate and ginger Targets: Rawness Result: Renewed hands you can even text with during a polar vortex. Molton Brown Soothing Hand Lotion Rose Granati ($32), at Holt Renfrew. MUST-READ: Winter skin care 101

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Molton Brown Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: EOS

Key ingredients: Shea butter, aloe and oats Targets: Redness and flaky patches Result: Soft skin even winter weather can’t chase away. EOS Everyday Hand Lotion ($2.49), at Loblaws, Target, London Drugs, Chapters Indigo and Jean Coutu. MUST-READ: Choosing the right skin care products

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of EOS Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: Soap and Glory

Key ingredients: Macadamia oil and marshmallow Targets: Inflammation and tenderness Result: Increased elasticity, a sweet scent and a pretty bottle to carry in your purse. Soap and Glory Hand Food ($10), at Shopper's Drug Mart. MUST-READ: The lazy girl's guide to winter skin

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Soap and Glory Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: St. Ives

Key ingredient: Vitamin E Targets: Dry skin Result: Moisture-rich hands that compare to the summer skin you crave. St. Ives Daily Hydrating Vitamin E Hand Cream ($2.79), at mass-market retailers, grocery outlets and drugstores across Canada. GALLERY: 10 best skin brighteners

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of St. Ives Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: Elizabeth Arden

Key ingredient: Allantoin Targets: Redness Result: Hydrated hands that won't be beat by dry, cold air. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment ($25), at Elizabeth Arden counters and elizabetharden.ca. MUST-READ: How to winterize your beauty routine

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden Credits: ELLE Canada

The 12 best hand creams for dry skin

Best winter hand cream: Vaseline

Key ingredients: Soybean and sunflower Targets: Damaged skin and nails Result: Healthy skin and hydrated cuticles (even your esthetician will be envious). Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hands Stronger Nails ($4.29), at mass-market retailers across Canada. MUST-READ: 8 ways to banish dry skin

By: Sarah Thompson Source: Courtesy of Vaseline Credits: ELLE Canada
0-0-0-0-fix-your-nails-main-2.jpgThe problem: Brittle nails
There’s nothing worse than nails that are dry, brittle and fragile (you’re constantly worried about breaking them or snagging rough edges). They will need some extra attention to bring them back to healthy nail shape.

“Protection is key if you have brittle nails,” says Forrest. “Wearing rubber gloves while hands are exposed to water and cleaning products is essential. Think of how cleaning products can eat through grease and grime. It will certainly eat through tender cuticle skin as well and make nails dry and brittle.”

Forrest also recommends always wearing a nourishing base coat like Sally Hansen Nail Rehab, before applying your colour coat, to protect your nails from polish."

BEAUTY TIPS: The best hand creams for dry skin

Also remember to apply hand cream regularly, even during the summer months!” says Forrest. Forrest’s final tip for brittle nails? “If you choose not to use an at home gel polish system, then ensure that proper removal is taking place at the salon and always do your homework. You should feel comfortable with who’s doing your manicure, ensuring that they aren’t adding to your problems by extra scraping, vigorous filing or using dremel tools, which can add to issues of brittle nails.”


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The problem: Short nails
You’re totally on the almond shaped, longer nail trend. If only you could get your nails to grow faster, at least look longer.

“Shaping the nails is really important when you’re trying to grow your nails faster, or attempting to make them look longer,” advises Forrest. “Always follow the natural shape of your nail. Most likely, the side walls come straight up, then you can file the sides of your nails so they follow this line.”

If oval is the shape you’re after, you will need to have a bit of growth first to be able to shape them properly. In the meantime file your nail into a soft square look, making sure you only round off the corners. “My biggest tip is to always keep a nail file in your purse at all times,” says Forrest. “If you are able to quickly file a chipped or broken nail, this will help prevent further damage. Also, file your nails evenly every day. You won't believe the difference this can make. I guarantee you won't break as many nails!”

Key tools: Nail file, and for an added boost of growth follow this tip from Forrest: “Another little tip I have for making nails grow quicker, is massaging cuticle Oil (like, Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle Oil) into your cuticles as it helps stimulate nail growth.”

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Bright nail polish for the summer

Bright nail polish: Givenchy

Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer in Fuchsia Irrésistable 05 ($22), at Sephora, sephora.ca. MUST-READ: The fastest way to fix chipped nail polish

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Givenchy Credits: ELLECanada.com

Bright nail polish for the summer

Bright nail polish: Dior

Dior Vernis in Riviera ($25), at Dior counters. MUST-READ: Need-to-know sunscreen facts

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Dior Credits: ELLECanada.com

Bright nail polish for the summer

Bright nail polish: Essie

Essie Nail Polish in Roarrange ($9.99), at salons and essie.ca. MUST-READ: The best bronzer tips ever

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Essie Credits: ELLECanada.com

Bright nail polish for the summer

Bright nail polish: Butter LONDON

Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Pimms ($18), at butterlondon.ca. MUST-READ: 8 nail polish mistakes you need to break

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Butter LONDON Credits: ELLECanada.com

Bright nail polish for the summer

Bright nail polish: Deborah Lippmann

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Break 4 Love ($21), at deborahlippmann.com. MUST-READ: The best waxing tips for summer

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Deborah Lippmann Credits: ELLECanada.com

Bright nail polish for the summer

Bright nail polish: Guerlain

Guerlain Colour Lacquer in A La Parisienne 263 ($27), at Guerlain counters, guerlain.com. GALLERY: The best at-home pedicure essentials

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Guerlain Credits: ELLECanada.com

Bright nail polish for the summer

Bright nail polish: Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer in Reckless ($22), at Holt Renfrew, holtrenfrew.com. GALLERY: The healthiest celebrity bodies

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Laura Mercier Credits: ELLECanada.com

Bright nail polish for the summer

Bright nail polish: Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Hot Spell ($25), at esteelauder.ca. GALLERY: 8 beach bag beauty essentials

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Bright nail polish for the summer

Bright nail polish: CND

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Cerulean Sea ($11.90), at Trade Secrets, Chatters and salons across Canada. GALLERY: Best celebrity beachy waves

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of CND Credits: ELLECanada.com

Bright nail polish for the summer

Bright nail polish: NARS

NARS Nail Polish in Night Out ($23), available on August 1 at all NARS retailers, narscosmetics.com. GALLERY: The best cuticle oils

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of NARS Credits: ELLECanada.com
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