My nails and I have been on quite a journey together. A transitional one at that.
When I was younger, probably about ten or 11, I discovered the scrutinized habit commonly known as biting my nails. I didn’t just bite my nails; I chewed the skin surrounding my nails as well, and over time, my nails became roughly half of the size they should have been and my cuticles and nail beds were constantly chewed to hell.
I discovered later on, after I was formally diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, that skin chewing or picking, as delightful as that sounds, when it comes to fingernails, is extremely common. This knowledge didn’t really help my case, but it did provide some clarification as to why my fingers looked like they went through a wood chipper.
Then, randomly, I stopped biting my nails off. I still pick the skin around my nails to this day, but not to the extent I used to, and I am proud to sport my long nails now that I have them. My nails aren’t the strongest, though, so I wanted to do some research and designate some of the best nail products on the market. This information comes from byrdie.com.
“Our Top Picks
“Best Overall: duri Rejuvacote 1 at AmazonWhether you’re trying to revive your nails, or if you’re just trying to maintain their health, reach for this strengthened.
“Best for Peeling Nails: Nails Inc. Nailkale Base Coat at SephoraA Byrdie editor fave, this base coat is enriched with antioxidant botanical extracts making it the best for peeling nails.
“Best 8-Free: Tenoverten The Foundation Base Coat at Violet GreyThis cruelty-free and vegan polish excludes 8 different chemicals in the creation of this formula.
“Best for Natural Nails: OPI Natural Nail Strengthener at AmazonPromote long, strong nails with a simple strengthener that lets you natural nail shine through.
“Best Kit: Zoya Naked Manicure Starter Kit at AmazonThis 4-step system consists of a vitamin-infused base coat, 2 color coats and a strengthening top coat.
“Best Polish: Essie Treat Love & Color at AmazonThe addition of collagen in this formula helps protect nails from breakage and peeling.
“Best Drugstore: Sally Hansen Mega Strength Hardener at AmazonThis formula is infused with a fortifying diamond powder to keep your tips strong and prevent breakage.
“Best Base Coat: Butter London Horse Power Nail Rescue Base Coat at AmazonEnsure your polish looks great at all times, with this protective base coat, that contains vitamins and calcium for growth.
“Runner-Up, Best Base Coat : Dr. Remedy Enrich Nail Polish Hydration Nail Moisture Treatment at AmazonThis nail treatment contains biotin wheat protein, and pentavitin to keep your nails strong beneath your polish.
“Best After Acrylics: Deborah Lippmann All About that Base CC Base Coat at SephoraBring nails back to life after acrylics with this strengthening ridge-filling base coat,” the web page explains.
I may have to try some of these out myself.