I’m an inveterate finger nibbler: although I don’t display any other usual signs of nerves, such as foot tapping, or wriggling, or hair twirling, I do tend to chew on my fingers at regular – and irregular – intervals. Add in naturally very dry skin, continuous typing, doing the washing up without gloves, and lots of dog walking outdoors in the brisk English weather, and I’m sure you can imagine the state of my nails and my cuticles.
I do go for manicures from time to time, but if I make it into a salon once a month I’m doing really well: I find it hard to schedule the time, let alone block off the hours it takes for nails for to fully dry – I’m always itching to get back to pounding the keyboard.
This means I’m always looking for products to help deal with my nail issues at home. (We’re talking thin, peel-y nails, with no strength, and crunchy, ragged cuticles and hangnails. Delightful.)
Recently Sally Hansen sent me a questionnaire to answer to find the perfect products to help transform my revolting paws (understand my nail care issues), and I leapt at the chance to actually do some hand maintenance. In return they would send me a personalised pack of SH treatment products.
I was especially keen for products that would tackle my weak nails, soften the cuticles, and protect the nail tips from continual keyboard bashing, and do so with minimum effort, as I have the attention span of a goldfish.
So this was the state of my nails on day one, before I started treatments:
My prescription was:
Sally Hansen: Complete Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm (the little green pot at top)
Sally Hansen: Miracle Cure For Severe Problem Nails
Sally Hansen: Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment
Sally Hansen: Diamond Strength Diamond Shine Base & Top Coat
I started off by dealing with my raggedy dehydrated cuticles: each evening in bed and every morning I massaged in the Cuticle Eraser + Balm. The flat pot is designed to be portable, so I also took to carrying it in my pocket or in my handbag when I was out and about so I could use it every time I washed my hands. I was very into this: it took seconds, and really did make a difference within twenty-four hours.
To tackle my weak, peeling nails, for the first four days I used the paint-on Miracle Cure for Severe Problem Nails: On day one and again on day three, I applied one thin coat to clean, dry, bare nails. Designed to instantly strengthen and reinforce nails, and stop peeling, it acts by sealing the nail plate and bonding layers together. It dries super quickly, so there’s no faffing about waving your hands in the air.
Then for the final three days I switched to a coat of the Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment, to tackle my nail dehydration, as it’s designed to restore dry, brittle nails, promising that in those three days, nails will look shinier, stronger and brighter with ridges filled. (It can also be used as a base coat and as a top coat, but I was steering clear of nail varnish whilst I worked on getting my nails back to tiptop condition.)
Then on day eight, I removed it, and painted my nails with the Diamond Shine Base Coat, which aims to give harder, stronger nails instantly.
And ta da!
Of course giving your nails proper attention will always give better results than just ignoring them – my usual MO, but I am impressed with just how much better they looked after a mere seven days of attention – and within those seven days it took a matter of minutes each day.
I’ve been wearing the Diamond Shine Base + Top Coat for another week now. It’s stayed on, and my nails have grown quite significantly with no sign of peeling which, frankly is a beauty miracle. My cuticles are no longer horribly crunchy, and there are no more hangnails.
One other excellent side effect is that I’ve been using hand cream more too, as paying attention to my nails meant that I remembered to look after my hands too.
This sponsored post was written in association with Sally Hansen UK