Kara Jillian Brown
Getting a manicure is about so much more than changing up your polish. It’s about caring for your nails, making sure they stay strong and healthy. The new On the Mend kit from Chillhouse gives you the tools you need to care for your nails at home with ease.
Chillhouse On the Mend ($25) includes a crystal nail file, a rubber cuticle pusher, and a brush-on nail serum. Start using the nail file to shape and prep your nails. Crystal files, also known as glass files, are great for your nails. “The best nail file for natural nails is a glass nail file,” says celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec. “Glass files are etched instead of glued, so they never dull and can be used for many, many years.”
Next, use the rubber tip to push back your cuticles. Pushing your cuticles is much better for your nails than cutting them, because it cutting opens your fingers up to bacteria and other grime.“Regularly pushing back cuticles and removing dead skin not only discourages dryness, but it cleans up the appearance of the dry skin you inevitably have in winter,” Nina Werman, founder and brand director of Valley Nail previously shared.
Finally, it’s time to add the pièce de résistance—the serum. This serum nourishes your nails with a blend of jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, apricot oil, vitamin E, sea buckthorn oil, and aloe leaf extract. It hydrates dry cuticles and gives your nails a gorgeous shine.
I love the ease of this kit. I am a die-hard lover of gel polish and gel extensions and the removal process can leave my nails a bit frail. Between applications, I use On the Mend to give my bare nails some much-needed nourishment. I also apply them around my nails when they’re polished to keep my cuticles moisturized and healthy. Because the serum brushes on, it’s much easier to apply than nail serums or oils that come in a bottle with a dropper. And for that reason, I use it way more often than I ever have the drop-on serums. If you’re looking for a tool that can seamlessly fit into your self-care routine, On the Mend is perfect.
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