…Because fancy manicures don’t usually mesh well with long travels and outdoor adventures. Here’s how to deal.
1. Unless it’s a short trip, avoid getting nail art or high-maintenance manicures before you travel overseas.
The last thing you want is to fuss over chipped polish in the middle of a tour or look for last-minute nail spas, which are usually expensive in first-world countries as compared to our trusty manicuristas in the Philippines. Go crazy for nail art when you’re back in the motherland.
2. Avoid packing nail polish in air travel.
No matter how tightly you close the bottles, nail polish tends to leak when there’s cabin pressure. The TSA may also confiscate it if they find that the ingredients are flammable. Besides, you want to spend every minute of your travel wisely; the mani-pedis can wait until you get back home.
3. If you really must wear nail polish when traveling overseas, get a gel manicure from the pros.
Gel lasts weeks longer than regular lacquer, and it doesn’t chip as much. The only downside? It’s such a hassle to remove! If you try DIY gel polish removal, you’ll most likely damage your nails, so it’s better to have it removed by the salon that applied it in the first place, but of course there’s a price of around ₱300 per service.
4. Moisturize and exfoliate regularly.
If you’re a nail polish addict or the outdoorsy, traveler type, chances are your nails are drier than usual. Save them from chipping and drying by applying hand cream daily and exfoliating weekly.
5. Strengthen your nails.
Good nutrition helps keep your nails strong, so make sure you’re getting enough calcium, vitamin A, protein, iron, and zinc. Also try investing in nail products with built-in strengtheners.
I Do Nails Branches: 3/L Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City, Quezon City; (0917) 531-5365; G/F Building 1, Tuscany, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio; (0917) 838-8095; idonailseastwood.com; facebook.com/IDoNailsServices
Orly Available at all PUREBEAUTY stores, select Watsons and SM Stores, Landmark TriNoma and Makati, select Robinsons and Gaisano Department Stores, and PCX outlets; In the Philippines, visit, facebook.com/orly.ph; For international stores, visit orlybeauty.com.
Revlon Available at all leading department stores nationwide; In the Philippines, visit facebook.com/RevlonPhilippines; For international stores, visit revlon.com and facebook.com/Revlon.
Sally Hansen Available at all leading department stores, supermarkets and beauty hubs nationwide; In the Philippines, visit facebook.com/SallyHansenPh; For international stores, visit sallyhansen.com and facebook.com/SallyHansen.
Salon Beauvoir Upper Ground Floor, Somerset Olympia 7912 Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas St. Makati; (02) 904-5154 and (02) 478-7670; facebook.com/SalonBeauvoir.