These nail polishes work double time to protect your mani while you work out—and get your nails in better shape, to boot.

By By Katherine Desloge
Updated: April 07, 2017

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Seaweed extract and red tea in SpaRitual Nourishing Vegan Color in Harmony nourish nails as they stay perfectly polished through your sets. ($12.50,



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