Although I've just removed my polish, I'm throwing on another coat--of strengthener, that is. After clipping, filing, and tending to my knackered cuticles, I slap on the Nailtiques Formula 2 Nail Protein. I've tried OPI Nail Envy, but that solution didn't do anything; I think it actually made the problem worse. So, I graduated to the more heavy duty formula. It's true that I cringe a little whenever I put it on, but I just don't read the ingredients list and it's bearable. Slapping this on everyday not only provides a healthy looking sheen and pink tint--even though it's clear...c'est magique--it definitely sorts out the peeling, separating, and oomphs my tips back to good health.
But it's not just my nails that get the attention; my cuticles deserve some, too, especially since an opaque color can disguise their bad health. But if I'm going au naturel, they need some aid. Among hand cream (either the Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream or the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask--it needs to be intense), I also throw on some more cuticle nourishment. The Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil does the job, and the best part is that you can brush it on without getting your fingers messy, so you can continue to be a functioning human being, and it also smells delicious, like apricots. My favorite, though, is the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. It's thick, doesn't sink in too quickly, but, boy, is it fantastic. Maybe it's the enzymes in the lemon, but it's my favorite nail product and my nails look truly distressed when I go a day without application.
Forget the juices. This is a detox that doesn't ban solid food, so, like I said, you can be a functioning human being--even if my nails aren't quite at that level.