Nail strengtheners: What are they, and do they work?

Nail strengtheners: What are they, and do they work?

Jun 07, 2023Nonie Creme

Anyone can be prone to weak nails. Nail health is affected by several factors, including nutrition, general health, the use of gel or acrylic nails, and more. When nail beds are damaged or weak, nail strengtheners can help heal them and improve overall nail strength and health.

BeautyGARDE Rocket Nail Fuel Repair

The Rocket Nail Fuel Repair strengthener is a vegan and cruelty-free nail treatment option that helps nourish and heal damaged or brittle nails, whether from gel nail polish, chemical products, or other wear and tear of your nail beds.

It uses plant products that help harden and strengthen your bare nails from the inside out.

What are nail strengtheners?

Nail strengtheners usually come in a polish or cream form that you apply via brush to your bare nails. You typically need to use one or two coats and leave them on for a few days to see some benefits. However, the effectiveness will depend on the health of your nails and the type of nail strengthener you're using.

For maximum effectiveness, add a nail strengthener to your nail care routine.

How nail strengtheners work

Nail strengtheners create a barrier to keep your nails hydrated. The ingredients in the nail strengthener usually include various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This cocktail of ingredients helps nourish your nail plate, restores them to a healthy status, and promotes nail growth.

You want to use nail strengthening treatment every day or every other day for up to two weeks, depending on how damaged your nails are. You can also use a nail strengthener as preventative care, which you can use once a week.

Nail strengthener polishes can be used as a base coat underneath your regular nail polish.

When to use a nail strengthening treatments

Nail strengtheners are recommended for anyone who:

  • Would like healthy nails

  • Regularly gets gel manicures, acrylic nails, or uses fake nails

  • Has peeling nails

  • Has splitting nails

  • Uses nail polishes regularly

  • Has brittle nails

Even if you're not worried about your nail health, you can use a nail strengthener to help keep your nails looking and feeling healthy.

Types of nail strengtheners

Topical nail strengtheners typically come in the following forms:

  • Clear polish (similar to nail polish)

  • Cream

  • Serum

  • Oils

You can choose the one that works for you. For example, if you have extremely damaged nails, you may opt for a polish form as it will stay on your nail surface easier since things like creams and oils can wash off easily.

What to look for in a nail strengthener

When choosing a nail strengthener, you want to do some research on the following:

  • Whether they use a cruelty-free formula: With cosmetic products, it's best to buy products that haven't been tested on animals and are free from animal products. There are plenty of good nail strengtheners available that are made without harming animals and are very effective.

  • Ingredients: The ingredients in a nail strengthener can make all the difference regarding how effective it is. Most nail strengtheners will use some solvent or plasticizer (e.g., ethyl acetate, nitrocellulose, tosylamide formaldehyde resin), which helps to harden your nail beds. You also want to choose a strengthener that includes nutrients that will promote healthy nail growth.

  • Customer reviews: Always read customer reviews when buying a nail strengthener. Although everyone's nails are different, looking for a product with many positive reviews, specifically its effectiveness, is a good idea.

  • Price: When considering the cost of nail treatments, remember how often you'll apply them to know how long each product will last. Although polishes may seem expensive since they come in a smaller bottle than a cream, remember that you'll only be applying a small amount each time, so it will take you a while to get through an entire bottle.

  • Type of application (i.e., cream, polish, oil, etc.): Consider which type of nail strengthener would work best for your nails and lifestyle. For example, polishes will be great for someone who doesn't want to apply cream or oil daily, while cuticle oil may be better for someone who doesn't have time to apply a polish every few days.

How to get healthy nails

Other products can help promote healthy nails, including:

  • Vitamin supplements

  • Biotin

  • Natural nail products (e.g., natural polishes and removers)

  • Keratin and jojoba oil

  • Cuticle oil

  • Vitamin E

In addition, to get healthier nails or to heal weak, peeling, or cracked nails, we recommend avoiding all types of fake nails, including:

  • Acrylic nails

  • Gel manicures

  • Dip nails

If you do have gel polish or other types of artificial nails, be sure to remove them properly or have them removed at a nail salon.

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