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To Have and to Hold

By: Agoo Bengzon

June brides are often faced with the stress of having to take extra care of their hands and nails during the extra-harsh weather during summer, and since we’re still experiencing the heat and humidity,  I’d like to share some tried and tested tips when it comes to caring for your nails leading up to your important day. One thing we all have to remember is that when the weather’s this hot, our nails are prone to becoming dry and brittle due to dehydration. Trips to the beach or swimming in the pool don’t help either as the salt in the sea and chemicals such as chlorine strip nails of their moisture, rendering them more prone to breakage. The best way to care for your nails is to adhere to the following rules:

Soak up water, not the sun

Just like our skin, our nails need hydration and protection from the sun so drink up. It’s recommended that we drink up to 8 glasses of water a day in order to maintain a healthy level of hydration. It’s also a good idea to slather on sunblock on your nails as well when hitting the beach—those UVA rays don’t just make your skin age, they’ll also wreak some serious havoc on your nail beds.

Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!

Nails benefit a lot from extra hydration, and thick lotions, creams or gels with nail care benefits plus oil-infused products (Argan oil is a wonder healer) are always a good idea. Apply them twice a day to ensure nails are healthy 24/7.

Skip the dark nail lacquers

Avoid wearing deep hues of nail polish like black or burgundy. Often, these hues contain dark pigments that stain nail beds—most especially when they’re exposed to the harsh rays of the sun.

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