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If you've ever worn nail varnish on your toes and then left it on and sort of forgotten about it you will know that when you take it off your nails are left a horrible sort of yellow colour. When I wear nail varnish over the winter I often forget about it once I have socks and boots on and after a while my nails look really yucky and not very nice. Then I cannot have nails with no varnish on so I keep on having to apply it so I don't show off my nasty looking nails. As spring is just around the corner and its about time to get my feet out I decided to do something about my yellow nails. That's when I found the Scholl Healthy Nails Brightening System.
According to the packaging, Scholl Healthy Nails, Nail Brightening System is a 3 in 1 clinically proven, gentle and easy way to care, condition and treat discoloured nails caused by nail varnish stain or thickening of the nail. The treatment comes in a wand/applicator pen type packaging with three different aspects to it. At one end of the applicator is a nail file which is quite strong and tough. The other end contains the nail brightener which has a little brush in it which looks just like a clear bottle of nail varnish. The treatment is said to:
Instantly reduces yellowing and discolouration.
Instantly gives healthy looking nails.
Instantly whitens, brightens and conditions the nail.
This is exactly what I was looking for so I was excited to try it.
Firstly in order to start the treatment you need to start with clean feet and nails so I make sure I have taken all my nail varnish off and washed my feet. You then use the file to try and remove some of the discolouration which does work fairly well as it seems quite a bit of the discolouration is contained at the top of the toenails. Its quite easy to use the file on the big toenail but I do find it a bit hard for it to do any good on my little toes as these have a really small surface area, I end up filing more of my toe than I do my nail.
Then you apply a nail gel at the end of a sponge applicator and wait for this to dry. After this you paint on the nail brightener just as you would clear nail varnish. The nice thing is once this has dried you can treat this as a base coat and add your nail varnish over the top and the nail brightener will prevent the nail varnish from staining the nail. When I first started the treatment I found this really handy as my nails were still quite yellow and so to be able to cover them up whilst treating them at the same time was great. You then reapply once a week and see what happens.
This product is said to improve the appearance of your nails within 4 weeks, if this does not happen please seek medical advice. Well, after about two and a bit weeks I am pleased with the results. My nails are not completely clear and bright but they are a lot better than they were when I began so this will be a treatment I continue to use. At £10 an applicator it is a bit expensive but it is a product that works so I recommend it.
When I started running, nobody warned me of the curse or runners feet. It's not pretty, cracked dry toenails, flat arches and blisters. (okay I expected the blisters but my toenails really??) One weekend after a particularly long run I decided I needed to take action so I bought the Scholl Nail Brightening System with the promise of neat shiny, healthy tootsies and I set to work.
The system comes in the form of a pen with two ends (one clear gel and one varnish style end) with a small file on the end. The aim is to remove any gunk from the top layer of the nail and to then "cure" the nail with the gel and varnish.
First you file the whole of your nail front with the small circular file which is actually quite awkward. The file doesn't go all the way into the bottom of your nail near your cuticle because it is inset into the end of the pen by a couple of mm so you can't file everything. After you have done this you apply the gel with the wand (like an lip gloss wand) to moisturise and treat the nail which is really easy to use, a couple of sweeps covers the whole nail. Once that has been done and it has started to absorb into your nails you apply the varnish just like you would any other nail varnish.
I tend to leave this until the next time I paint my nails but you can take it off with any nail varnish remover if you need to.
Not knowing what I expected, I was a bit underwhelmed by the results when I painted my nails a couple of days later. Still looking quite dull and discoloured, there wasn't really any major difference. Gutted.
Next time I think I'll just do what i normally do and use a gentle nail file to buff my nails and then use a clear nail varnish - it's definitely cheaper!!
The system comes in a simple blister pack and is really easy to use in the right order as each part is numbered so you know which bit to use first even if you don't keep the instructions on the back of the pack (lets be honest if we kept all of the packs we'd run out of room to keep them all!) The varnish is in the clear side labelled 3 and the gel in the blue side labelled 2. Each of these ends twists in the opposite direction to the other when opening so you can't accidentally open both and spill stuff.
I paid £9 for mine in Morrisons but it is widely available in supermarkets and on the high street - Boots currently have it for £10.20. Each side of the bottle is 5ml and like nail varnishes, they last for ages, I have had mine for nearly two months now and after a couple of uses, it still looks like I've hardly used it.
If you have slightly discoloured nails, this is probably a great product to use but any worse or runners feet and it may not be the product for you. Pedicure? Yes please!
I am always very conscious of my feet. I will pretty much give anything a go to try and have my feet looking tip top. I decided to try this purely due to the fact it was made by scholl who make lots of good products for feet.
My toe nails arent in amazing condition, I think they look dull but I dont like to constantly wear nail varnish as it wont help condition them or make them look any better in the long run! This product claims to brighten and condition nails which sounds good to me! Though does it work?
The product is really easy to use. On the top of the blue lid of the applicator pen there is a small file, which you are meant to use first but I havent used. The packaging says its to remove any discoloured/ thickened part of the nail and my nails arent really that bad but its useful to have on there. You then use the solution in the blue part, which you apply with what looks like a cotton bud, wait for it to dry and finish with what just looks like a clear nail varnish (you can apply two coats of this if you wish). The fact that the applicator is about the same size as a thick biro means its really easy to take away with you so if you do chip the clear varnish on top you can easily correct it! You can also use this product as a base coat for nail varnish, which I really like as it makes me feel like I'm protecting my nails really well.
What paticularly impressed me was how much brighter my nails looked instantly. I was expecting it to be good but not that great! It was a case of the whites looked whiter and the pinks pinker. My nails looked really natural which I was impressed with! I have to say though that my nails arent too bad to begin with and I'm not sure how well this would work if you had paticularly discoulored nails. During the summer months I used this about once a week and it lasted really well, with my nails continuing to look really good. This product meant my nails always looked bright which was the most important factor to me. How conditioned they were I'm not exactly sure, but they did look amazing.
My only tiny problem with this is that because how the applicator pen is made where both the seperate parts screw on to the white bit in the middle I sometimes end up unscrewing the wrong end accidently but in fairness this just might be an issue with me! Also the smell could be a little better as it just smells like normal nail varnish, I was expecting it to smell nicer for some reason!
When I purchased this I paid nearly 10.00, though I have seen this for cheaper. The only reason why I have given it 4 stars and not 5 is due to the fact that I paid so much. It is a little expensive but it works to make your nails brighter.
School make a huge range of foot care products to help soothe and pamper feet. Their range includes foot sprays, foot treatments, Files, Ankle supports and much more. Scholl has been caring for feet since 1904 when their mission was to improve the health, comfort and well being of feet. With their dedication and advent of their innovations and new technologies they are able to provide an ever growing range of footwear and foot care solutions.
***NAIL BRIGHTENING SYSTEM***
I bought this nail brightening system in a duo pack which also included Crackling Ice Foot Spray as well. The nail brightening system has been clinically proven to care, condition and treat discoloured toe nails caused by nail varnish or thickening of the nail. It can be used as a base coat with nail varnish and prevents nail varnish from staining the nail. This product instantly reduces yellowing and discoloration and makes nails look healthy.
In the pack you get a 3 in 1 applicator pen and a Crackling Ice Foot Spray. The applicator pen is quite long and one end of the pen is blue with a small silver file on the end. The other end of the pen looks like a clear nail varnish. This product is said to improve the appearance of your nails within 4 weeks, if this does not happen please seek medical advice.
This is available from Boots for £9.99, which is without the foot spray. The Foot Spray came with the product about a month ago when this product was on special offer. You can also buy this from Pharmacies and Supermarkets as well, but prices may vary!
***DIRECTIONS FOR USE***
1) Make sure your nails are clean and dry and simply file the thickened/discoloured part of the nails, moving the file in a circular motion until most of the discoloration is removed.
2) Turn the blue end clockwise to open and apply the nail gel using the sponge applicator. Allow to dry completely before following the next step.
3) Apply the nail brightener which is the clear looking varnish at the other end of the applicator pen. Allow this to dry and apply your favourite nail varnish and apply another coat. Rinse the file under cold water to maintain performance. Use this once a week to reduce discoloration and treat as often as needed. Avoid over filing the nail.
Please note some fungal infections can cause thick/discoloured nails and this brightening system cannot be used to treat this.
This was very easy to apply and straight away my nails immediately looked healthier. I was how-ever worried after using this for the first application that the nail brightener in the clear end of the applicator tube wouldn't last very long, especially using 2 coats.
***RESULTS AFTER 4 WEEKS***
The discolouration in my nail has definitely disappeared and my nails are looking much healthier than they did before. To my surprise there was enough varnish and solution in the pen style tube to last me 4 weeks. I was very pleased that this product worked and that I could finally say good-bye to the discoloration on my nails. I can now feel confident wearing opened toed shoes and will be sure to use this product again should I start to get anymore discoloration. It did take a little while to see some results, but it was definitely worth the wait.
(review also on ciao)