10 Tips for Nails with a Wow Effect - the Secret of Beautiful Shiny Nails


Want beautiful shiny nails as perfectly groomed and gorgeous as if you've just stepped out of a beauty salon or the pages of a beauty magazine? That’s no problem! You can easily have shiny, pretty nails with these 10 simple secrets that beauty experts swear by...

  1. Protection perfection: Make sure you always wear gloves to protect your nails when you’re washing up or cleaning the bathroom, or even dusting the house. Harsh detergents can dry the skin, and plunging your hands into water for long periods of time can cause further dryness in the nails, leaving them dehydrated and more vulnerable to flaking and chipping.
  2. Eat right: If you want strong, healthy nails, you need to assess your diet and make sure you're packing in plenty of essential fatty acids. You can find fatty acids in salmon and other oily fish, and flax seed oil. These prevent dryness and the resulting brittleness that leads to chipping and breakage. Make sure you get plenty of zinc from meat, fish and dairy products, which helps stop those white dots or marks which might appear on your nails from time to time.
  3. Cut your nails correctly: If you want to avoid ingrown toenails, make sure that you cut nails the right way. Foot care experts recommend using proper toenail clippers like Scholl Foot Care Nail Clippers, and snipping straight across the nail in small sections to avoid weakening it. Never cut off jagged edges, as this can cause ingrown problems.
  4. File away: A nail file is one of the most important tools in your nail care kit. File toenails gently with a nail file after cutting, to smooth over the sharp edges. The Scholl Velvet Smooth Electric Nail File has a special filing head that allows you to file toenails straight across as well as create different finger nails shapes more precisely than with a manual nail file. File the corners so that there are no ingrown nails.
  5. Buff up: Want shiny, healthy looking nails without the need for nail polish? Then buffing your nails is a mus,t as it helps to smooth out the surface of each nail for a super shiny finish. The Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic nail file comes with a separate buffing head to quickly even out imperfections and dents on your nails. It has a polishing head that gives nails a heathy, well-groomed finish.
  6. Don't snip cuticles: Try to avoid cutting the cuticles on your nails, as this can cause infection. If you must do something about your cuticle, you could very gently wrap a cuticle stick with damp cotton wool and gently push each one back after a warm bath. Do not use excessive force!
  7. Avoid acetone: Regular users of nail polish should try to avoid using nail polish remover that contains acetone, especially if you have brittle nails. You must always steer clear of acetone, since it strips the nail of essential moisture, making them even more likely to break.
  8. Go natural: Ditch the acrylic nails or gel manicures for just a few weeks and let your nails go natural. Your nails need a rest from the chemicals and harsh ingredients that these items expose them to. The nails can get weaker and more prone to breaking than before. Instead, treat them to a home manicure to ensure nails look shiny, healthy and super-groomed.
  9. Oil up: If your nails are dry or prone to breakage, try massaging a hydrating nail oil into each one every night before bed. The Scholl Velvet Smooth Nail Care Oil is formulated with seven nourishing oils, to moisturise and condition the cuticles and nails. The nails become hydrated, healthier and shinier with each use.
  10. Keep an eye on your nails: Changes in your nails can indicate a fungal infection or underlying health problems. Look out for yellow / brownish discolouration of the nails, or white 'islands' on the surface of the nail, or even with the nail becoming rougher and more brittle. Treat the nails with a fungal nail treatment, which has been specially formulated to penetrate into the nail to kill nail fungus at its source. It will also help prevent the spread of the fungus and protect against its recurrence.