Get beautiful hands and nails
Your hands are one of the first things people notice when they first meet you. Here's how to get your nails strong and healthy in preparation to wear the new season's hot new lacquers.
Supplement: Thin and brittle nails are often a sign that you're lacking in nutrients. Supplement your diet with multivitamins specially designed to help your body produce strong nails.
Try: Blackmores Nails, Hair and Skin, $25.90; or Environ Hair, Skin and Nails supplement, $105.
Strengthen: Strengthening formulas are a great instant fix for soft and thin nails. They fortify nails with extra calcium and add a layer of protection to bulk them up.
Try: Leighton Denny Bio-Build Serum , $30; or O.P.I Nail Envy soft and thin, $47.90.
Smooth: Smooth off rough ridges with a nail buffer. If your nails are already thin and brittle then fill in the ridges with a liquid ridge-filler.
Try: Manicare 4-way buffer $8.50, The Body Shop Big Nail Shiner, $9.50; or Revitanail Ridge Filler, $17.90.
Oils: Soften and condition hard cuticles with regular applications of a cuticle oil. Packed full of herbal extracts and multi-vitamins, it will moisturise the skin around your nail and help to deter cuticle splits.
Try: Manicare Cuticle Oil, $13.90; or The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil, $19.50.
Hand Creams: Once your nails are looking good, it's a good idea to look after your hands as well.
Try: Antipodes Joyful Hand Cream, $40; Natio Antioxidant Hand and Nail Cream, $13.50; or Nivea Pure and Natural Hand Cream with Argan Oil, $6.
Removal: Nail polish removers can be hard on the skin and nails, so look for an acetone-free formula that's kinder to your hands.
Try: Revitanail Polish remover, $14.90, or Swisspers Nail Polish Remover Pads, $6.50