Here are a few tips:
For Hydrated Nails
The cuticles can get dry and rip (this happens to me a lot), which is why a hydrating cream or oil is def needed. Just a drop of this fab Deborah Lippman Hydrating Cuticle Treatment ($20) protects and soothes dry nailbeds.
For Softer Skin
AHAVA Dermud Intensive Mineral Hand Cream ($28) contains major moisture restorers like aloe and jojoba seed oil for perfectly hydrated hands and nails.
For Bleed-Free Color
Dark colors can bleed into the cuticle and surrounding skin. Not a great look. But Liquid Palisade ($22) prevents that from happening. Just brush on the clear liquid prior to painting your nails to create a barrier—when your nail polish is dry, just peel it off. Crazily simple, right?!
For Stronger Nails
With keratin, as well as thickening and strengthening ingredients, CND ToughenUp ($9) is a clear basecoat polish that helps thin nails grow. Added bonus? It protects nails from becoming brittle and thin.
Now I realize that the products are a little pricey. But you really only need to buy them once. They're all of the best quality and last practically forever. What I tend to do with pricey products, is buy one a week, rather than dumping all my money at the drugstore in one crazily expensive trip.
However you choose to go about it, these products are amazing and your nails will definitely thank you!