10 Nail Polishes You Seriously Need to Throw Away

Thu, 2014-07-17

10 Nail Polishes You Seriously Need to Throw Away

by Hayley Hoover

Admit it: somewhere in your house, there’s a basket or a caboodle or a box that’s overflowing with nail polish that you never, ever use. You have your favorite shades, you have your go-to colors, and you have your junk pile. In case you need that final push to finally clean out your collection, here’s our list of ten polishes that you seriously need to throw away.

1. That glitter nail polish that comes out in gloopy globs and sticks to your fingers like tar. You’ve never worn it. You’re never going to wear it. Why is it still in your room?

2. Those 2-dollar bottles that the Wet Seal cashier convinced you to throw in your bag at the last minute. They’re either going to chip off immediately or get fused to your nails and leave stains on them forever. Not worth it.

3. Anything neon. Unless you’re attending a Spring Breakers-themed party, you’re Clarissa from Clarissa Explains It All, or you spend a lot of your free time under a black light, those lime green and street-sign-yellow bottles probably haven’t seen the light of day in a very long time.

4. Those half-empty bottles that you can barely scrape any polish out of. It’s hard to say goodbye to an old friend, but it’s a lot easier when you could just go buy another one.

5. That bottle that’s clearly expired. Leaving it on your shelf for a few more months isn’t going to bring it back to life. If the chemicals are separating and the sides of the glass are getting covered with crusties, it’s time to let go.

6. The bottles you’ve filled with acetone in an attempt to thin out the polish. Not only does this barely ever work, but it smells horrible and makes a mess. Move on.

7. Any color you bought because you felt like you were supposed to. Just because Lauren Conrad walked around Laguna Beach with black nails doesn’t mean you have to. Even if Seventeen declares lavender to be this year’s color, you don’t need to buy it. If you don’t like it, don’t keep it.

8. Thousands of the exact same color (that you keep pretending are different). Big Apple Red and Red Light Ahead are identical. They are.

9. Fad nail polishes. The reign of Crackle is over. It’s probably not coming back.

10. The one that you imagine you’d wear if you were a slightly different person. I know what you’re telling yourself: If you didn’t have an office job, you could totally wear that sparkly orange. If you weren’t a mom, that glow-in-the-dark yellow might work. If you weren’t a shy person, you could pull off that gold. That dumb. Either wear it or throw it out.

Photos via Shutterstock by Taboola

Strengthen Your Weak Brittle Nails

Wed, 2014-07-09

By Dr Oz Show

Posted on 11/18/2013 | By Amy Marturana

 

Strengthen Your Weak, Brittle Nails By Dr.Oz show By Amy Marturana for YouBeauty.com Posted on 11/18/2013 | By Amy Marturana With nail art frenzy in full force, chances are you are paying more attention to your fingertips than ever before and how they measure up against the latest DIY manicures your friends are Instagramming. Which means you’re probably very in tune with the imperfections that make your canvas not so ideal for your newest paint job. Splitting, breaking, peeling – there’s a lot of things that can go wrong.But why?

A quick science lesson: Nails are composed of very small cells called onychocytes, which are mainly made up of keratin, says Dana Stern, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist who specializes in nails and nail disorders. "If you were to look at the nail under a microscope, it actually looks almost like layered roof shingles. So these cells are very delicate and the nail is actually extremely absorptive," she says. "It’s about 10 times more absorbent than skin." Which is why when you take a long bath, your nails get super soft and bendy.

It’s important to note that if your nails become extremely brittle out of nowhere, it could be a sign of a health issue, such as anemia, or a thyroid condition, says Stern. If that’s the case, you should see your doctor. In addition, those who suffer from an eating disorder or are undergoing chemotherapy may have chronic brittleness due to severe protein deficiency. If you don’t have any of these health woes but have had weak nails for as long as you can remember, it could be genetic. "If your mother has brittle nails there’s a good chance you’re going to have them, too," Stern notes.

Nails’ absorbent nature also makes them susceptible to many external factors, all of which can cause them to break and split. Here are the three biggest culprits that Stern notes could be messing with your nails:

Water Exposure

When you wash your hands or take a bath – or even get a manicure – water is absorbed into your nails. Then eventually, that water diffuses back out. This constant change in water content causes the cells to expand and contract, straining them as they continually change size to accommodate more or less water. Seasonal Weather Changes In the winter, your days are spent going from a 70-degree indoor environment to a cold, below-freezing outdoor environment. And with the changing temperature comes varying levels of humidity. Just like your body temperature adjusts to these dramatic temperature fluxes, so do your nails. "The water content of the ambient environment is in flux, and so is the water content of our nails," Stern says, which causes the same type of strain and weakening that water exposure does.

Chemical Exposure

From this point forward, consider nail polish remover the enemy. "Polish remover is really a solvent – it’s strong, almost like a paint thinner – and it really dries out the nail," Stern says. The most offensive chemical is acetone, but that doesn’t mean non-acetone removers are a whole lot better. "The non-acetone version requires more of the liquid and more exposure time," she points out. So although it’s not as harsh, drenching your nails in more product and rubbing more aggressively to remove stubborn polish is still damaging. No formal study has been done on which is actually better, but Stern suggests that forgoing acetone might be the better route. As for polish itself, Stern says that it can actually help hold the delicate nail cells together, preventing the tips from peeling. The problem is that eventually you have to take it off. And you should never ever pick it off. "The problem with picking off polish is you’re not only taking off the polish but you’re also taking off the top layer of nail cells," says Stern. Which can be an issue with gel manicures if you’re not going into a salon to get them removed properly.

Regain Your Strength

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to protect nails against these damaging factors. Try Stern's simple suggestions that can help create a healthy environment for your nails to grow long and strong:Wear gloves when handling any chemicals, doing the dishes or hand-washing clothes to avoid water exposure.

• Steer clear of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. They’re very drying. Instead, wash hands with moisturizing soap.

• Keep your nails short to minimize surface area where water and chemicals can be absorbed.

• "The only supplement that has any scientific evidence [to improve nail health] behind it is biotin," Stern says. Nails take six months to replace themselves, so she suggests taking biotin supplements for at least four to see if it works.

• Use cuticle oil or cream to avoid dry skin and hangnails. Cuticles help prevent water from getting into your nails, which can create an environment for bacteria to grow. So don’t cut away at them – keep them moisturized and simply push them back to avoid infection and let them do their job.

• Take a nail-polish holiday. If you’ve tried other precautions and still are suffering from brittle nails, take a break from polish to give your nails some time to get back into shape. How long is appropriate? "Nails grow slowly so unfortunately it takes time," Stern says. "I’d say consider a three-month holiday."