There are few things more frustrating than finding a chip in your manicure only a few hours or days after you got it. Whether you got a manicure for an upcoming event, you wanted to treat yourself, or you were having a spa day with friends, you want to ensure you’ll be able to enjoy its beauty for days, if not weeks, to come. There are many reasons why your nail polish might not be lasting very long — and luckily it can be an easy fix! We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you extend the life of your manicure so you can say goodbye to any nicks or chips.
Choose a High-Quality Nail PolishThe quality of your manicure starts with the type of nail polish you choose. With so many options available to you, it can be hard knowing which brand of polish to choose from. Two of our favorites are CND and OPI which have a proven track record for withstanding wear and tear and maintaining their beauty for a longer period.
Minimize Exposure to Heat for 12 Hours
It’s a common misconception that heat can help set a manicure. It can make it increasingly difficult for the manicure to dry! Although your manicure might seem dry as you leave the nail salon, it is still curing for the next 12 hours or so. During that time, you should avoid using hand dryers, car heating that angles at your hands, or a blow-dryer. Exposing your freshly painted digits to hot air will prevent the polish from completely drying, making them more susceptible to smudges and chips.
Keep Your Hands Hydrated
Lotion doesn’t just do wonders for your skin — it can help you maintain your beautiful manicure. If you have dry hands, your nails are more likely to break or become damaged, which will ruin the appearance of your manicure as a result. Keeping your hands moisturized with lotion or oil can help maintain the strength of your nails.
Wear Gloves When Doing Dishes
This probably won’t come as a surprise, but exposing your hands to warm water for an extended period can break down your manicure — especially if harsh cleaning chemicals are involved. A quick rinse of a dish is fine, but if your hands are going to be submerged in warm water for a lengthy period, opt for using rubber gloves to help maintain your nail polish.
Limit Your Use of Hand Sanitizer
We all love hand sanitizer (and now more than ever!), but it can be damaging to your nails. If you are constantly applying hand sanitizer to your hands, you run the risk of drying out your nails and making them more brittle. The alcohol in hand sanitizer can also break down the top coat of your manicure, which leads to the rest of the nail polish chipping. When the option is available, use soap to sanitize your hands instead because it is more hydrating for your hands.
Reapply Top Coat As Needed
Your top coat doesn’t only have to be applied to your nails on the day of your manicure. If you notice that your manicure is being to chip slightly at the tips of your fingernails, you can gently file down the polish where it’s coming off and reapply a top coat. While there might be a little nick in the appearance, the fresh top coat will help lengthen the amount of time you have left.