12 Best Nail Care Products
See which top-rated products really come in handy (wink, wink) for your nails
Luckily, women across the world wide web have helped compile this list of the best nail products on the market to help combat all your pesky nail issues.
Think all nail products are the same? Think again. Susan Nam, celebrity manicurist and owner of Polished Beauty Bar in New York City, clears up any misconceptions.
When it comes to cuticles (which she recommends not cutting, since they protect us from germs and bacteria that may enter our bodies), it's key to choose creams and oils that contain ingredients like jojoba, vitamin E, and other oils. And don't necessarily think that just because a product is expensive it works really well. "You can get the same results from moderately-priced items as really expensive ones," says Nam. "The most important thing to look for is the ingredients in those products."
When it comes to nail files, Nam says to look for a 240 grid nail file, since they are the most non-abrasive on natural nails. And here's what you definitely shouldn't drop a wad of cash on: "Nail files should be changed every few weeks because they are prone to grow bacteria," she says.
Once your basic tools are in place, there are a few things you can do to maximize the staying power of a manicure, says Nam. "You should apply a coat of top coat mid-week to keep it looking fresh and help prevent it from chipping," she says. "If you do your manicure at home, make sure to start with a clean, oil-free nail."
So what are you waiting for? Let's clean up those nails. Here's what you need.
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