These nail polishes work double time to protect your mani while you work out—and get your nails in better shape, to boot.
Nail Polishes That Hydrate
All those postgym showers and hand sanitizer pumps can make nails brittle. Swipe on a multitasking polish that offers long-lasting moisture and chip-resistant color. (Try this Low-Maintenance Mani That Won't Damage Your Nails.)
Londontown Lakur Enhanced Colour in Radlette heals cracked nails with soothers like lavender and evening primrose oils while keeping polish long-lasting. ($16, londontownusa.com)
Essie Treat Love & Color in Sheers to You is a one-step mani—no base or topcoat needed—that's infused with collagen and camellia leaf extract to lock in moisture. ($10, essie.com)
The argan oil in Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Primrose and Proper delivers intense nourishment—and our shade made it through 10 days of consistent workouts! ($9, drugstores)
Nail Polishes for Strength
These formulas give you the durability of a gel mani that can stand up to metal barbells and grippy pull-ups without the UV-light application or the need for a stripping acetone soak to remove them.
When used with the corresponding base and topcoat, Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Cake by the Ocean can last up to two weeks. ($45, deborahlippmann.com)
Essence the Gel Nail Polish in My Hula Hoop—along with its base and topcoat—beautifully coats nails with a chip-resistant, high-gloss armor. ($2, essencemakeup.com)
Nail Polishes for Recovery
Even nails need recovery days. A permeable polish that lets oxygen and hydration through is best for nails that have been roughed up by, say, improper gel removal.
A polymer in Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamel in 504 allows oxygen and water to reach nails, which nourishes them and extends the life of your shade. ($16, inglotusa.com)
Seaweed extract and red tea in SpaRitual Nourishing Vegan Color in Harmony nourish nails as they stay perfectly polished through your sets. ($12.50, sparitual.com)