Why Avon Gel Nail Polish is the best beauty invention this decade & Tips for healthier Nails.
From the seductive reds on the nails of 60s pin ups, to the matte black frequently flaunted in school corridors; nails play an important part in an overall “look”. Nail art has become increasingly popular too, with the various stripers and gems no longer restricted to salon-only use. Recently, gel nail polish has slid onto the do-it-yourself market and revolutionised the way we do our nails at home.
Gel nail polish really started to cause a stir in salons circa 2011, but more recently, the brands we know and love have released their own products. Our friends at Avon have released Avon Gel Shine which comes in 24 colours. Gel nail polish is the new liquid eye-liner of the make-up world. Here's why gel nail polish is the best beauty invention of the last decade:
Chipped nails are not a good look; however it is unlikely that any of us are able to consistently reapply nail polish every three days. Gel polish lasts 7-10 days with no chips or cracks, and in some cases would be even longer, if it weren't for the natural growth of our nails. Now, what foundation or eye shadow can boast 10 day wear?
Little (or no) Damage:
Unless expertly fitted, extensions can wreak havoc with your natural hair, as can some hair dyes. Similarly, with all the drilling, filling, gluing and cutting, acrylic nails are pretty damaging to your nail beds. By contrast, gel nail polish only requires a little buffering and you’re away! Avon Gel Shine doesn't even require a UV lamp.
A gel manicure can be done within 15 minutes, including drying time. This is perfect for our fast-paced lives, whether you have to run to a board meeting, parent’s evening, or for a drink. Your manicure can match the outfit you chose on a whim and your nails will always look polished.
Avon Gel Shine comes in so many colours, it’s unbelievable. Whether you’re feeling muted pastels, vampy darks, or neon brights, there’s something for everyone. What’s more, gel polish has a long lasting shine to it, meaning the spotlight will always shine on your pretty hands.
Gel manicures can be done from the comfort of your own home! Easy to use, the colours you purchase will last for ages, so you don’t have to fork out each manicure at £20 a pop. You can abide by your own schedule as opposed an appointment slot, and there none of that faffing about for change to tip the nail lady.
Avon Gel Shine Nail Enamel can be bought from your Avon representative
15 Important Tips to Get Strong and Healthy Nails:
Whether you're the type of person who religiously paints their nails as a form of self-care or someone who's constantly picking and biting at their cuticles, we all yearn for healthy, perfectly manicured nails. We talked to nail-care experts to find out exactly what you should be doing for your nails — but first, how can you tell if your nails are healthy? Here's what to look for.
Signs of Healthy Nails:
Nail plates are a pinkish-white colour
Cuticles are existent (so don't cut them!)
Nails and white tips are even lengths
Prominent half-moon shaped white section (called the lunula) at nail base
Signs of Unhealthy Nails:
Peeling or splitting nails could be dryness or the result of vitamin deficiency
Tiny white spots usually mean you're biting your nails or painting them too often
Horizontal grooves could be from stress, high fevers, or jamming your finger
Red, swollen skin around nails could be from removing or biting cuticles
Spoon-shaped nails could be a sign of iron deficiency or anaemia
If you're concerned about your nail health, it's important to consult a dermatologist. Since your nails are super visible, it's easier to tell if an issue arises — meaning you can treat it early if you get help. Now here's how to get strong, healthy nails:
1. Keep your hands very clean:
Before you do anything, it's important to make sure your nails and the skin around them are thoroughly dirt-free. Then remove all traces of your last colour with an acetone-free remover (anything else unnecessarily dries out your nail). Apply soap to a toothbrush, then gently scrub your nails and skin. This will remove dirt and exfoliate any dead skin without the need for harsh, drying chemicals or expensive scrubs.
2. Be gentle on your nails:
Your nails are delicate, and scrubbing them too roughly can actually expose you to infection. Another no-no: Using metal tools under the nail, as too much digging can cause the nail plate to separate from the skin (called onychosis). It's a common problem for people over 50. This could also lead to an irregular white, arching nail tip.
3. Clip your nails regularly:
Regular trims are as important to your nails as they are to your hair. So set aside time to clip them every two weeks, adjusting to more or less often once you see how your nails respond.
4. Prioritize nail health over length:
Long nails are beautiful, but if you're someone who has struggled with snags or breakage, its recommended that you keep your nails short — at least to start out with. A shorter style with a rounded edge tends to be easier to manage and looks neater, so you can focus on building strength without worrying about anything else. As long as each nail is uniform in shape and matches its nine neighbours, you won't miss the added length.
5. Always keep a nail file on hand:
If you're someone whose work or gym routine causes a lot of wear and tear, keep a nail file handy to smooth away any rough edges that happen on the spot. The best way to do it? Work in one direction with the grain of your nail for a smoother finish.
And it turns out, the emery board that's been sitting in your drawer could be causing your nails to peel and snag. Instead, try a glass (also called crystal) nail file. A glass file will create an even edge to the nail and can be used on the weakest, brittle, and damaged nails.
6. Don't forget to take care of your nail tools, too:
Disinfecting your nail tools between uses is just as important as regularly cleaning your makeup brushes, and for the same reason — bacteria. To keep your nails happy and infection-free, Wash metal tools with soap and water and then wiping down with rubbing alcohol. And don't forget to regularly replace disposable tools like emery boards. There's no reason to continue using a tattered tool when it's so easy to buy a new one for a few pounds.
7. Leave your cuticles alone:
The cuticle has a very important purpose to serve: It seals the area at the base of the nail. So when you cut or remove the cuticle, it breaks that seal of protection, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria and the possibility of infection. The better you are at leaving cuticles alone, the more your nails will thank you. Taking care of your cuticles also helps minimize those dreaded hangnails (try not to tear them to avoid infections)
If you're dead-set on messing with your cuticles, gently push back the cuticle once a week with a wooden orange stick after getting out of the shower, then massaging them with a cuticle oil or thick, creamy lotion.
8. Protect your nails with a base coat:
Painting your nails at home is no excuse to cut corners by skipping the base coat. This step not only protects the nail from being stained by the polish, but also helps the colour look more saturated and opaque with just one coat. And if you really want to take things to the next level, add a coat of clear gloss between each layer to add extra shine and protection.
9. Read the labels on your polish:
Just as with makeup and skincare, not all nail polish brands are created equal, so make sure you're buying or using a good product. Steer clear of polishes containing toxic chemicals like dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, and toluene, as these toxins can contribute to brittleness, splitting, and cracking.
10. Use a top coat to prevent nail chips:
Don't think you're squirming your way out of using top coat, either. This step is just as important, as the top coat seals in the polish's colour and adds a much-needed gloss finish to your digits. Add another top coat layer every three days to decrease chipping, so you'll get the most out of your manicure. Seriously, what's the point of spending all that time painting your nails if it only lasts a day?
11. Indulge in acrylic or gel treatments sparingly:
Any nail expert you talk to is going to do their best to steer you away from acrylic or gel manicures — as long-lasting and convenient as they are because they're very hard on the nail. But if you're keen on getting them, there are some ways to minimize the damage to your hands and nails.
The main issue with a gel manicure is the exposure to UV light in the drying device, which can damage the skin below and around the nail.
12. Give your nails a break:
Save the elaborate nail art and those bold colours with lots of pigment for the weekend, and during the rest of the week, give your nails time to rest and repair with a clear gloss. Going from one strong polish colour to another without giving your nails a break can dry them out, turn them yellow, and over time, even weaken the structure of the nail.
Nail polish removers could also be the reason your nails are weak. Sometimes going all natural "can be just the thing that your nails need in order to rejuvenate and refresh.