Special – Free with orders of $50 or $150

Nail Care Duo

Nails are “dead” (made up of “just” protein, no live cells), but the underlying tissue should be kept healthy. Don’t assume that whatever you put on or do to the nail is “allowed.” Product applied to the nail will penetrate and reach the matrix.

The nail plate (corpus unguis) is the hard part of the nail, made of translucent keratin protein. The nail is often considered an impermeable barrier, but this is not true. In fact, it is much more permeable than the skin, and the composition of the nail includes 7–12% water.

Despite this water content, cracked nails happen, as do torn and ragged cuticles from dry weather and other activities that are hard on our hands. This month’s bonus is a nail duo focused on keeping the “dead” part of the nail, as well as the nail bed, in the best condition possible. The Nail Care Serum helps accomplish this by feeding it with actives meant to promote keratin growth and health. The Nail Care Oil in the duo supplies your nails with lipids as well as anti-fungal properties (common organisms causing nail infections include yeasts and moulds, particularly dermatophytes) with the addition of clove and palmarosa essential oils. Use both products in conjunction for the best results, and don’t forget to apply the nail care oil after salon visits to help prevent any fungal infections.

Orders over $150 will receive a 10mL tube w/ applicator for both Nail Care Serum and Nail Care Oil

Orders over $50 will receive a 5mL sample tube of both Nail Care Serum and Nail Care Oil

INSTRUCTIONS: 
Nail Care Serum – Apply daily to clean nail, cuticle, and surrounding skin. Follow with Nail Care Oil for best results.
Nail Care Oil – Massage oil onto clean nail, cuticle, and surrounding skin daily.

Nail Care Serum
Water, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) extract, Propanediol, Acacia Gum, Panthenol, Glutamine (L-), Arginine (L-), Leucine (L-), Serine (L-), Cysteine (L-), Valine (L-), Proline (L-), Lysine (L-), Glycine, Asparagine (L-), Glutamic Acid (L-), Threonine (L-), Alanine (L-), Phenylalanine (L-), Methionine (L-), Aspartic Acid (L-), Tyrosine (L-), Tryptophan (L-), Histidine (L-), Isoleucine (L-), Glucose, Caffeine, Xanthan Gum, Carnitine (L), Niacinamide, Proanthocyanidins, Fucoidan, Apigenin, Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF, sh-Polypeptide-3), Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Catalase, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Nail Care Oil – EMUlator oil with additions of anti-fungal essential oils
Sweet Almond Seed (Prunus amygdalus dulcis) Oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Flax Seed (Linum usitatissimum Oil, RosehipSeed (Rosa affinis rubiginosa) Oil, Pomegranate Seed (Punica granatum) Oil, Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) Oil, Borage (Boragoofficinalis) Oil, Foraha (Calophyllum inophyllum) Oil, Kukui Nut (Aleurite moluccans) Oil, Babassu (Orbignya oleifera) Oil, Mango (Mangiferaindica) Butter, Pumpkin Seed (Cucurbita pepo) Butter, Kokum (Garcinia Indica) Butter,
Tucuma (Astrocaryum tucuma) Butter, Tocotrienols(Vitamin E), Alpha-D-Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Lutein, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotene Eugenia caryophyllata (Clove Bud) essential oil, Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa) essential oil.

Please note: Bonus products are added automatically. No code is required, and they will not show in the shopping cart.

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