As the time comes to put our boots into hibernation and bring out the sandals, it becomes more of an incentive to make sure your feet are fit to be seen by the rest of the world. Often for ladies (but not exclusively!) that means painting your toe nails.
Applying nail polish isn’t in itself bad for nails, the problems tend to occur because varnish on toe is often left on for much longer than fingers. Standard nail polish will generally only last a few days on finger nails as our hands are in and out of water and are much more vulnerable to knocks and scrapes. We therefore generally change our finger nail polish much more regularly. Our nails get a breather, and any problems would be soon spotted. Toe nail polish on the other hand, can last for much longer, and I regularly see toe nails where the varnish is growing out, many weeks after application, rather than being removed.
Most polishes contain quite harsh, drying ingredients such as Formaldehyde, Toluene and Parabens, and its not unusual to see little white patches on the nail’s surface once the polish is removed. To help prevent this there are a few things you can do:
1) Make sure your nails are in good condition to start with. Use a nourishing oil massaged in and around the nail daily for a week before you start applying polish. We like Flexitol Nail and Cuticle Cream which is now available from the clinic.
2) Use a base coat. This helps prevent staining and good quality ones will contain nourishing ingredients to help protect the nail.
3) Remove nail polish weekly and give your nails a break for a day or two, using the nail oil to help replenish lost oils stripped by the polish remover.
The good news is that there are now ranges of nail polish available that have reduced the harsh chemicals and contain more skin-friendly ingredients. The first of these were the Dr’s Remedy range which was developed by an American podiatrist to help prevent his clients’ from developing discoloured weakened nails. Those of you that have used the Simply Feet website, by have seen the Danipro range. Now, even some of the ranges found in chemists have cottoned on to caring for nails and included kinder ingredients.
Although we don’t have space in clinic to stock a whole range of nail polish colours, we do keep a supply of Danipro Base Coat, but if you wish to purchase from their range of colours, use the code XQ9B3290 to receive 10% off anything from the Simply Feet website