With Spring Break and summer rapidly approaching, many Americans have beach vacations on their mind.

When preparing for a vacation to a warm, tropical / beach environment, you want your fingernails and toenails to look their best. However, spending prolonged time in salty ocean water – as well as in the direct path of the sun’s harmful rays – can have a negative effect on the health of your nails.

Tips to keep your nails healthy and strong at the beach: 1

  • Keep your nails dry
    Although it might be hard to stay away from the water at the beach, try to keep it to a minimum. The longer they’re submerged in water, the more likely your nails are to start to crack or split. Additionally, keeping nails dry will help prevent bacteria from growing underneath.
  • Keep Your Nails & Cuticles Moisturized
    When you apply lotion to keep your skin from drying out; don’t forget to apply lotion on your nails and cuticles too. This will help maintain the moisture they need, as well.
  • Keep Your Nails Strong
    Before heading out on your tropical vacation, consider preparing ahead of time – to ensure your nails remain strong throughout the trip – by applying a protective layer.

If you’re worried about getting your nails beach-ready before your next vacation, consider talking to your physician about prescription Nuvail™ (poly-ureaurethane, 16%).

Nuvail is a unique, patented polymer that leaves a breathable, elegant, invisible film when applied to nails. Nuvail is indicated for managing signs and symptoms of nail dystrophy, i.e., nail splitting and nail fragility, for intact or damaged nails. Click to find a Nuvail prescribing physician near you.


  1. Mayo Clinic (December 6, 2014). Fingernails: Do’s And Don’ts For Healthy Nails [Adult Health]. Retrieved January 26, 2016 from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/nails/art-20044954


Nuvail™ (poly-ureaurethane, 16%) NAIL SOLUTION is indicated for managing signs and symptoms of nail dystrophy, i.e., nail splitting and nail fragility, for intact or damaged nails. Nuvail coats and adheres to the nail surface preventing direct abrasion and friction on the nail surface while also providing protection against the effects of moisture.


Do not apply directly to deep, open, or profusely bleeding wounds. Product is flammable in liquid form; avoid using near open flames and sources of ignition. Use in a well-ventilated area.

Keep out of reach of children.

Store at room temperature away from heat. Do not allow product to come into contact with floors, counter tops, furniture or other finished surfaces – will stain. May temporarily sting upon application. Persons sensitized to isocyanate should not use this product. Should redness or other signs of irritation appear, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

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