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New Year, New Nails! Get Healthy Nails in 2022

The New Year is a time for fresh starts, so why not give your nails a fresh start too? Think of this as your “New Nails Guide” to solve all your nail problems and get them back in tip-top shape. First, we’ll focus on the different nail goals you may have. Then, we’ll give you the steps to achieve them using our trusted products.

Goal 1: Treat Discoloration

If you wear polish frequently, it’s normal to have nail stains. They’re usually yellow or orange-tinted and can be unsightly if you want to leave your nails natural. How do you get rid of them?

Start by using a fast-acting, powerful polish remover like Remove +. Sometimes staining occurs because the polish isn’t being removed completely. Remove + has a 3-in-1 formula to clean, condition and prep the nails for polish, but doesn’t dehydrate the nails like many removers do.

To conceal discoloration on the surface, opt for a Naked Manicure Perfector. These sheer shades instantly mask discoloration while providing the nail with a blend of botanicals and vitamins for treatment benefits. The shades can be blended to find the right match for your nail tone. Wear them over a normal base coat or cover them with polish to improve the condition and appearance of your nails over time.

To prevent further staining, always remember to apply a base coat. Aside from its smoothing effect on rough nails, it acts as a barrier for polish stains. It’s an especially important step when wearing shades with stronger pigments, like red.

Goal 2: Make My Nails Grow

If your nails are slow to grow or they break frequently, it could be a sign you’re dealing with nail damage. The key to making your nails grow is improving their strength.

Start with the Rescue + Repair treatment system, consisting of a nail serum and a base coat. This duo improves the state of nail damage by restoring your nails’ natural keratin structure. Damaged keratin results in the flaking, peeling and brittleness you see on your nails, which makes them more prone to breakage.

Apply the Rescue + Repair system before every manicure change to see long-term results in the improved appearance and strength of your nails. The polish you apply on top will help seal the treatment in place for the duration of your manicure.

Goal 3: Have Longer-Lasting Manicures

If you find that your nail polish chips fast, it could also be a sign of weak nails. Stronger nails are able to keep polish on longer because of the smooth and flexible surface. To extend the wear of your manicure, we recommend starting with the Rescue + Repair system outlined above, and then finishing your manicure with the Defend + Shine system.

Defend + Shine is not a system for treatment, but it acts as a gel-like clear coat that has longer wear than a normal top coat. It offers durable protection for your manicure within a dense, high-shine formula. If applied over polish and the Rescue + Repair system, it can help to lock in that treatment even longer.

The day after your normal manicure with Rescue + Repair underneath, apply a layer of the Naked Gelie coat from the Defend + Shine system to all of your nails. This coat must be cured under an LED light for one minute. You can use the portable light included with the system, which has an automated timer from the moment you turn the light on. After curing the nails, swipe them with Clear Shine Spray on a lint-free wipe to remove any residue. Watch our tutorial on Defend + Shine to learn more.

Goal 4: Fix Up My Cuticles

Dry, flaky cuticles can have an impact on your nails’ health as well. It’s important to keep them hydrated. Not only will your manicures look much better, but your nail health will improve. Luckily, there’s an easy fix for hydrating your cuticles.

Apply QTICA Solid Gold to your cuticles and massage it into the surrounding nail a few times a day. We recommend doing this after every new manicure, and throughout the day as needed. A little hydration goes a long way in improving the appearance of your nails!

For really bad cuticle damage, try the QTICA Intense Cuticle Repair Balm. This can be left on overnight to wake up with healthier nails.

Healthy nails look good on you!

Feature photo via @ojebeni wearing ZOYA Troy.