How to Fix Those Pesky Broken Nails At Home!
Broken nails are the worst. Whenever you are happy with the appearance of your nails that you have waited patiently for weeks and weeks to grow, a simple chip or snag can ruin it all!
So why do nails break? Sadly, the processes you go through to make your nails look as pretty as possible are probably also what is causing your nails to break. For example, repeated wetting with nail polish and appliance of harsh chemicals such as cleaning fluids or nail polish removers apply external pressure which can cause nails to break! Other reasons for broken nails span from climate (for example, when the weather is dry and cold) to daily duties (such as washing dishes and scrubbing down the house).
If you don’t want to get in the situation of discovering a broken nail in the first place then it is important you keep your nails moisturized and trimmed regularly! For the former you should opt for cuticle oils rather than hand creams as most hand creams will have evaporated before ever making much difference to the hydration of the nail. For the latter, keeping your nails trimmed and slightly shorter will make them far stronger and less likely to split or snag.
Unfortunately, life can get hectic and it is not always possible to stick to your strict moisturizing and trimming nail schedule. It is likely that now and again you’ll look down at your hands and see a broken nail. But you’d have to be a multi-millionaire (with a lot of free time) if you could visit a manicurist every time a nail breaks. The good news is there are ways to fix those broken nails and to do so in the comfort of your own home!
Fix your broken nail with glue
When your nail is split refrain from completely breaking it off. Instead, apply a few coats of nail glue and push the crack back in place. Then, as soon as the nail glue is dry you can cover the nail with some nail polish to keep it in place.
Please note that glue will not be able to fix the nail permanently but it will keep your nail together until it can be cut neatly or until your next nail appointment.
Fix your broken nail with a fake nail
When your nail is broken and you can’t bear to wait it out until it grows back naturally a super simple solution is to pick up a press on nail kit. Press on nail kits come in plenty of shapes, sizes and styles so you should easily be able to find a kit that fits with your current nails and then using the glue supplied in the kit you can push the press on nail onto your broken nail. Then your nails will all look uniform and you can rest assured that your natural nail will be growing strong and healthy under the press on!
Fix your broken nail with a silk wrap
Silk wraps are perfect for broken nails because they will bind to the nail like a band aid. All you’ll need is a piece of silk cut in the shape of your nail and some nail glue. While they get to work reinforcing your broken nail you can cover the silk wrap with a nail polish to hide it and provide even more protection!
Fix your broken nail with gel
You might associate gel manicures with visiting a professional at a nail salon, but it doesn’t have to be so. There are plenty of gel kits available that can be purchased and used at home. By applying the gel to the broken nail, it will add strength to the nail and help repair cracks, breakages and even reattach broken pieces. To add even more strength, try and apply multiple coats of the gel!
Or, if the thought of applying gel polish seems like too much hard work, you can purchase gel strips. Similarly, to silk wraps, the gel strip can be cut in the shape of your nail and then glued on.
Fix your broken nail with a tea bag
Who’d have thought a tea bag could hold the cure for your broken nail? All you’ll need is your run of the mill tea bag. First you cut the tea bag so it is in a square shape that is roughly the size of the crack on your nail. Then lather the broken area in some nail glue and place the tea bag on top. Then paint over the surface of the tea bag and nail with some nail polish and you’re good to go!
Dermatologist opinion: caffeine eye cream
THE inkey LIST - Caffeine Eye Cream Why I like the Inkeylist caffeine eye cream: ✔️ Lightweight texture blends very easily ✔️ Hydrating ✔️ Can help reduce puffiness ✔️ Antioxidant ingredients help fight off free radicals from the sun and pollution ✔️ Can help improve the appearance of dark circles ✔️ Fragrance free- no smell to it! ✔️ Affordable ✨ It is one of my favorite go-to eye creams because of the caffeine which really helps with my puffy eyes in the morning and has helped with my dark circles. I also really like that it blends in easily, is fragrance free, and affordable. I like using this once a day in the morning but this can be used twice a day. I like using it in the mornings because it really helps with my puffy eyes (which is worse in the morning for me!). I notice an immediate effect on the puffiness around my eyes. It took a few weeks to notice the improvement on my dark circles. What do you think about this eye cream? Comment below!
The Ordinary Empties and final thoughts!
I believe it’s been almost 10 months of me using The Ordinary products and wow! I can’t believe so much time has passed! These 3 products are the very first products I ever bought to try and here’s what I think! The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This serum I would buy again and again. And I do! I’m on my 3rd bottle! Because I usually wear glasses, my nose gets really really oily under the nose pieces which causes them to slide around my face A LOT. After using this serum, I’ve noticed that I really don’t get oily in that spot anymore thank god! My T zone is balanced and because of my oil production going down, I’ve also noticed my pores around my nose have shrunk dramatically. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 This one I’m really on the fence about. I have definitely seen improvement in my face in terms of “wrinkles” which really were just a way of my face telling me I needed more moisture! However, the formula is soooo tacky that when I try to use it during the day it makes my sunscreen pill no matter how long I wait for it to settle in. Even though I hate the tackiness, I still bought a 2nd bottle! The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG There’s nothing wrong with this product. I just feel like it didn’t do much for me! I got it to help with my dark under eyes and puffiness but I don’t think it did much. If it did do anything, it was too gradual of a change for me to notice. Also, does anyone know what all this buildup is around the cap??? I guess we will see how long it takes me to realize it did help and I run to get a new bottle! For now, I think one bottle of this was enough for me.
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Check out these creators’ profiles to see their beauty journeys in 2020! Creator: @Ren14 “What Stayed🍾Cooluli - Classic 4 Liter Small Mini Fridge Cooluli Skincare Fridge: I adore my little fridge! It feels so good to have chilled serums, especially in the morning! I love it so much that I’m thinking I’m going to get a bigger one so I can add more products in! Truly a must have for a skincare lover! Also, the fridge can warm up products too!” Creator:@LindseyRR “2020 is the year I think we all will remember forever. Everything in our lives changed and things have been incredibly difficult. The entire world had a health crisis, so many of our loved ones are no longer here. I myself am taking a journey with a health crisis of my own but as hard as 2020 has been, it has also been INCREDIBLE.” Creator: @briordan2000 “This year has definitely been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much more about my hair and skin in this last year than I ever thought I would or needed to know!“
🤦🏻♀️Hyperpigmentation Around The Mouth🙅🏻♀️
You have got great skin. But the one thing that stops you from stepping out naturally without any makeup is the dark skin around your mouth. Is this true? You have tried everything from DIYs to skin lightening creams. But the pigmentation around your mouth has remained your stubborn friend, right Why Is The Skin Around My Mouth Dark? 1. Hyperpigmentation 2. Weather Conditions Sun exposure and darkening of the skin. In very cold weather, if you lick your lips and the area around it too often, it can discolour the skin and make it look darker How Do You Get Rid Of Hyperpigmentation Around The Mouth? 1. Exfoliate If you exfoliate the area around your mouth regularly with a gentle exfoliator, it can remove dead cells and help to lighten the skin. Opt for a chemical exfoliant as it will not scrape the skin which in turn may worsen the condition. 2. OTC Skin-Brightening Creams Skin brightening creams can be effective in reducing the dark area around the mouth. Look for ingredients such as glabridin (a licorice extract), kojic acid, vitamin C, grape seed extract, azelaic acid , arbutin, curcumin or niacinamide, These block the production of tyrosinase which is needed by the skin to make melanin. 3. Acid Peels Your dermatologist may use a salicylic acid or glycolic acid peel to treat the dark skin around your mouth. However, these peels do not offer a permanent solution and the pigmentation can return. These peels penetrate deep into the skin to repair the damaged cells. Post treatment precautions like staying out of the sun, applying sunscreen and protecting the skin can make the effect of the peels last longer 6. Natural Remedies You can also use natural remedies to treat the dark skin around your mouth. Most of these natural ingredients can be found in your kitchen. Unless you have an allergy to any of these, you can try using them to get rid of the pigmented skin. ￼Exfoliate with Papaya Papaya has fruit acids known as alpha-hydroxy acids, which is a chemical exfoliantAHAs are used for dry skin and to anti-age, and works to improve skin by removing the top layers of the skin through weakening the lipids that bond them together, thus removing dull and dead skin cells and revealing healthy skin cells. ￼Soothe Skin and Reduce Spots with Almond Oil The presence of Vitamin E and niacin help with hyperpigmentation and improving skin tone,” she says. Because sweet almond oil is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) you can add it to your nightly routine as a makeup remover or moisturizer to help protect the skin barrier. ￼Reverse Photo Damage with Tomatoes Tomatoes are naturally rich in lycopene, which has multiple health benefits, including sun protection ￼Brighten with Yogurt breaks down dead skin cells thanks to lactic acid, which is found naturally in dairy products. Using a yogurt with cow’s milk could be effective in calming the skin, since it has lactic acid. Lactic acid is an AHA, which improves discoloration and age spots
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Check out@jassintadoepost on her exploration on balancing family, creative work, and self-care in 2020. Share your own journey in 🏷 Beauty Year-in-review “From starting 2020 with a seven day old newborn baby and all the crazy hormones and changes to my body, skin and hair which goes with a new baby (yes, this is why I look exhausted and have something spilt on my top in the February photo 🙈😂) to a global pandemic which resulted in my husband working from home and suddenly needing to learn how to homeschool my older daughter this year has been crazy and challenging to adjust and find the right balance.”
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