What Is The Best Type Of Nail Polish For Healthy Nails?

If you invest a lot of time into caring for your nails, you’ll want to ensure that your nails remain at their healthiest regardless of the type of manicure you choose.

In this blog, we’re exploring the best healthy nail polishes whilst providing you with our top tips on keeping your nails looking and feeling in good shape, so they’ll remain flawless every day.

From the best non-toxic brands to our tips on caring for your nails daily, it’s never been easier to keep your natural nails looking at their best.

A hand holding a rail wearing nude nail varnish

How to keep your nails healthy

Many daily occurrences can cause your nails to become weak or brittle, irrespective of the amount of nail polish, gel varnish, or acrylic powder you apply. 

For your nails to look their best with and without polish, there are some steps you can follow to prevent them from becoming weak or brittle. 

Here are our top tips for happy, healthy nails.

  1. Take Biotin Supplements

To maintain healthy hair and strong nails, our body needs a healthy and varied diet that includes a good Biotin supply.

Biotin is a B Vitamin (also known as Vitamin H and Vitamin B-7) which can be found in foods such as peas, lentils, legumes, eggs and sardines and helps our nervous system work correctly. 

Biotin is water-soluble, so the body can’t store it. With this in mind, you need to make sure you have enough of the food groups that contain biotin in your diet every day to give your nails and hair the goodness they need.

Although Biotin supplements aren’t essential, they can help to boost your intake and strengthen weak and brittle nails. 

For more tips on how to strengthen your nails, make sure to check out our blog!

  1. Take a break from nail polish 

Although nail polish won’t harm healthy nails, it’s important to take a break from it now and then to allow your natural nails to breathe.

Take a weekly or fortnightly break between manicures, and use acetone-free nail polish remover to remove any excess polish from your nails.

  1. Wear gloves when cleaning or gardening 

If you must do housework or work in the garden, gloves are your best bet for protecting your nails and hands. They will prevent dry skin from overexposure to hot water or cleaning chemicals, but your nails will also stay chip-free. And if you’re working in the garden, you won’t have to worry about removing mud from your nails.

  1. Keep your nails trimmed and filed

To maintain healthy nails that look neat and natural, keep them trimmed short to avoid unwanted snags or breakages. 

An assortment of nail files and buffers

When filing your natural nails, always file in one direction using a 180 to 240 grit file to prevent your nails from weakening. Then, buff away any lumps and bumps on your nail’s surface to leave them with a shiny, natural finish. 

  1. Moisturise your cuticles with cuticle oil 

Keeping your cuticles moisturised helps prevent them from cracking, splitting and becoming sore. Moisturise daily by applying cuticle oil to keep your cuticles in the best condition. 

A bottle of cuticle oil with a drop falling from the brush

Follow this by moisturising your hands with a good hand cream to keep your hands and nails healthy and fully hydrated after every wash.

  1. Keep your manicures simple

Whether getting your nails done at the salon or doing them yourself at home, a simple manicure is the key to healthy nails. 

If you’re aiming for a specific nail shape, always file in the same direction to prevent your nails from becoming weak and brittle. Resist the urge to over-shape as this can cause your nails to snap. For best results, file your nails in a style near to their natural shape.

The best type of nail polish for healthy nails 

In recent years, the nail polish industry has been completely transformed by a rise in non-toxic nail polishes available. 

The term non-toxic once represented many things in the cosmetics industry, but it’s taken on a real identity in recent years. 

With the rise of non-toxic nail polishes, nail brands have been working together to eliminate an agreed list of potentially harmful ingredients from their polishes. Brands are becoming more transparent with the ingredients in their solutions.

Fuelled by the clean beauty movement, as the chemicals from nail polishes are absorbed through the nail’s surface, nail brands are working tirelessly to remove any ingredients that could be harmful to health. 

The big three ingredients being removed to create more healthy nail polishes are formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate, the most potentially disruptive chemicals. These polishes, known as three-free, offer the same staying power as normal nail polish, without the need for these harsh chemicals.

And nail brands aren’t stopping there, working further to remove chemicals such as formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and TPHP. When you see three, five, seven (or even 21!) free, you can trust that your nail varnish will be kinder to your hands, nails, skin and body. 

Non-toxic polishes are also a great choice for sensitive skin or allergies that might suffer from reactions to traditional polishes. 

Here are some of our favourites from our non-toxic range at Nail Polish Direct

Butter London 

Butter London’s ethos is to offer its customers bold, daring and creative nail products that are long-wearing without causing damage to the nails and skin. All Butter London’s products are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free and are packed with active ingredients and hydrating oils to help strengthen and add moisture to the nails. 

10-free and available in a stunning range of shades, Butter London polishes are long-lasting and help to promote stronger, healthier nails. Going on in two coats, they’re also fade-resistant for longer-lasting, high-pigmented colour. 

Nails Inc. Plant Power

Three hands holding blue Nails inc nail polish

Nails Inc. is a planet conscious nail brand. Founded in 1999 by Thea Green, all Nails Inc. products are 100% cruelty-free and the brand is striving to be 100% vegan. Nails Inc. offers pigmented nail polish with a quick-drying time and is both gentle and nourishing on the nails. With Nails Inc., you can trust in up to 10 days of wear without any chipping or peeling and without any drying to your natural nails.

Nails Inc. Plant Power range is an innovator in the non-toxic market and a great healthy nail polish choice. 21-free, vegan, cruelty-free, halal-friendly and 73% plant-based, not only does it promote healthier nails, but with a fully recyclable glass bottle and biodegradable Fsc Ashwood lid, it’s sustainable too. Choose from a wide selection of colours for a long-lasting finish.

Dear Sundays

Dear Sundays nail polish is more than just that, it’s an experience. The brand has a clear focus on emotional and mental health and expression and encourages you to use your nails to express your emotional state.

Dear Sundays salons promote well-being and are relaxing safe spaces where you are encouraged to be yourself. Founder Amy believes that nail care is part of self-care, which is why the brand has created a shade for every sentiment and occasion.

10-free with an opaque gloss finish, Dear Sundays offers high-pigmented colour and super-sleek packaging without the need for harsh chemicals. Easy to apply with a reliable staying power, it’s vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and enriched with vitamins and essential oils for healthy, nourished nails. 


Blush nail polish on pale-skinned hands

Zoya is a revolutionary brand at the forefront of the beauty industry. In 1979, Zoya Reyzis, the brand’s founder, emigrated to the USA with her husband after gaining her cosmetology licence. Working with her husband, an advanced chemist, the couple created the very first nail polish without added toxins or chemicals, catapulting them to success. Safe to use, they then developed the polish further to create a long-wearing and fast-drying finish. 

10-free, Zoya nail polish comes in over 400 vegan-friendly shades and is famous for its staying power, highly-pigmented full coverage and fashionable shades. 


Non-toxic polishes are leading the way and helping to provide us with safe, chemical-free manicures that are mindful of our health and the ongoing health of our nails.

The best manicures are the simplest, trimmed shorter, filed in one direction and painted with toxin-free nail polish that’s easy to remove. However, hand and nail maintenance between manicure appointments is the real way to maintain healthy nails, irrespective of the type of manicure you choose.

Your nails should remain healthy and well maintained by following our tips on protecting and caring for your hands daily. 

Finally, if gel polish is more your kind of manicure, then that’s fine too. By having gels applied and removed carefully and correctly, taking regular breaks between manicures to give your nails some moisture and TLC and resisting the urge to pick at your gels, there’s no reason why your nails shouldn’t stay in amazing condition.

Shop our Be Kind range for all of our non-toxic nail polish favourites

Be Kind to your nails with our range of non-toxic, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free nail polishes at Nail Polish Direct and be kind to your nails! Including Butter London, Nails Inc. Plant Power, Zoya and Dear Sundays, all referenced above, and even more iconic brands such as Manicurist and Nailberry, it’s never been easier to achieve healthy, flawless nails. 

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