Took off my gel nails last night in readiness to redo them, slathered my hands in hand cream before sleep then washed and prepped them before my manicure this morning. I used a recent Alessandro Striplac shade – Blackberry – which isn’t the easiest to apply as it shrinks away from the nail edges and was horrified to find the gels popping off my nails within an hour.
I think I have to blame myself because I used this colour on a friend who got three weeks wear. I’m suspecting that my handwash and prep (non acetone nail polish remover) wasn’t thorough enough because my last few applications with other colours have had good staying power. Most times I remove one shade and straightaway put on another (because my nails are weak and peel when naked).
So, I’ll not forgo my hand lotion (Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream*), but I will make sure I give my nails a good brush and cleanse with soap and water before starting again tomorrow.
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
This is my all time favourite hand cream. Originally I had a small size in one of those travel kits you buy on planes but fell in love when I realised it healed, then prevented, the skin under my nail tips from splitting in winter. It’s not cheap but I’d tried all sorts of balms to deal with my tender fingertips and this is the only thing that has worked. It also claims to reduce age spots – see me in 10 years time to see if this is true! The 30ml size sells online for about £7.50, the 100ml from £15 and sometimes you can find the bumper 200ml tube in duty free shops for around £25 (otherwise £30+).