Like our skin and hair, nails need oxygen and water to stay healthy. A lot of times, our first response to dried out, haggard nails is to coat them with polish.

Polish can look great (until it inevitably chips), but the truth is, it prevents your nails from exposure to the elements they need. Not only that, some of the chemicals in nail polish (ethyl acetate, isopropyl) are responsible for creating a plethora of health problems for nail technicians and salon workers who are surrounded by them all day.

Next time you're at the salon, try opting for a "Buff & Shine." After a thorough cleaning and shaping, your nails will be buffed to shiny perfection. They'll sparkle like they're covered in clear polish, but they'll be able breathe.

Best of all... your mani won't chip!

-Jules Bakshi