The best nail Strengtheners

  • 31 Jul - 06 Aug, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

There’s no shortage of things that can contribute to dry, brittle, breaking nails. Maybe you peeled off a gel manicure (a major no-no, but let’s be real, we’ve all done it). Maybe it’s the dead of winter, and your nails are just as flaky and peel-y as your hands. Maybe you’ve been sporting some type of polish, gel, or acrylics since the early 2000s and are finally going bare, only to realise just how beat up your naked nails really are. Maybe you’re simply getting older; yep, just like your skin and hair, nails can also show signs of age. Regardless, in all of these instances and more, a nail strengthener can come up huge. Infused with a host of essential vitamins, proteins, and other ingredients to help make nails harder and stronger, swiping on one of these is the easiest way to get your tips into tip-top shape. Not to mention that these days there’s a wide array of nail strengtheners out there, with options that can be used in place of polish, under polish, post-gel mani, you name it.Take your pick from the best nail strengtheners below. Trust us, your nails will thank you.

Best overall: duri Rejuvacote 1

The tag line for this product reads ‘from dying nails to nails to die for,’ and we couldn’t agree more. We reach for it time and time again, whether to use it as a rehab treatment post gels, as a base coat or whenever our nails are bare and looking kind of blah. Two different proteins plus keratin plus calcium work together to stimulate growth, and the formula also effectively seals in the moisture and fatty acids naturally produced by your nail plate to minimise dryness and peeling.

Best for peeling nails: Nails Inc. Nailkale Superfood Base Coat

True to its name, it does, in fact, contain kale extract. Coupled with other antioxidant-rich botanical extracts plus strengthening keratin, the formula delivers five different benefits – hardening, hydrating, and nourishing nails, while also stimulating growth and preventing breakage. While it has a minty tint in the bottle, the base coat goes on clear, imparting nails with a healthy, glass-like sheen.

Best for nail biters: Barielle No Bite Pro Growth

For those who tend to nibble on their nails, this treatment is choice. While it goes on invisible and odourless, it has a nasty, bitter taste that will definitely discourage biting. It’s also infused with ingredients to boost growth and strength, helping to transform your nails from bitten down and brittle to long and strong, all in one step.

Best kit: Zoya Naked Manicure Women’s Starter Kit

To create the look of truly flawless nails reach for this four-step system. Step one is a nutrient-packed base coat full of vitamins, proteins, and amino acids that keeps nails both strong and flexible to ward off peeling and breakage. Follow that with the pink perfector applied allover to instantly brighten nails, and the tip perfector along the free edge to enhance the white tip. A shine-enhancing top coat seals the deal for a result that makes it look like you’re not wearing any polish at all, just that you have the most natural, gorgeous nails, ever.