Winter Essential Nail Tips

4th November 2011

If you’re taking supplements that claim to help keep the signs of aging at bay, you may note a welcome side effect, as Mary Linehan has done: stronger, healthier nails. It seems that those self-same anti-aging antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and D are all essential to good nail health, as are the B vits and protein.

Minerals too. We all know we need calcium levels for nail strength, but, in fact, we should also be having zinc, iron and iodine, which help the body utilise vitamins efficiently.

I have to admit that I have spent £££s on nail strengtheners, gel nails and even on certain supplements specifically formulated for the nails, but all to no avail. What has really done the trick is supplementing with superfoods – acai berry powder, chlorella and vitamin C.

According to my sources, however, you can’t rely on supplements alone; it is important that you have a good, healthy balanced diet and also make sure that any supplements are good quality. Mine are from Fushi Wellbeing, but there are others available. One of the best places to check them out is online health and beauty specialist victoriahealth.com – but watch out; it’s addictive.

Despite all the good sense about nails, the fact is that daily wear and tear does mean that nails may well need additional help, especially in colder weather. Using hand cream regularly is vital; equally, massaging the cuticles with oil works wonders as it nourishes the nail bed as well as moisturising the cuticles. Again, it’s about quality. Mavala and Revlon are two of the best names in good nail care and offer something for every type of nail problem.
Mavala’s Nailactan, for example, has essential amino acids and vitamins and a nourishing, moisturising action that will condition the nails, help restore elasticity and make them resistant to splitting.

Mavala also has some of the best trend colours for the season. According to Jenni Draper, Mavala’s Nail Ambassador, “This season’s nails are elegant and colour is officially back; chocolate browns, autumn greens, rich ruby reds and metallics are going to dominate.”

Their Autumn/Winter collection – Paradox – comprises six dramatic shades including Racing Green, Purple Sensation and Vertigo Red – colours all seen sashaying down the catwalks of Lanvin, Gucci and Alberta Ferretti.

Revlon’s colour collection for Autumn Winter 11 is designed by their global artistic director Gucci Westman. The Expressionists Collection is inspired by the use of colour in abstract art. Facets of Fuschia is a statement deep metallic pink.

Meanwhile over at the House of Dior they’ve gone for deep bold blues with Blue Denim and the deeper, slightly more intense Tuxedo.

butterLONDON, the cult nail house out of Seattle rather than its namesake city, has plenty of beautiful metallics straight off the New York and London fashion catwalks. Wallis is described as a dark metallic olive gold; Knees Up is a vivid metallic bus red, while their version of the season’s blue hue is a metallic shade of peacock with the deceptively ordinary title of Bluey.

Nail Enamel prices/stockists:

Mavala, rrp £4.10; John Lewis, Boots, or call 01732 459 412

Revlon, rrp £6.49; Boots & Superdrug nationwide

Dior, rrp £17.10; counters nationwide

butterLONDON, rrp £12; www.butterLONDON.com

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