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The abbreviated name “The Incredible Protection System” stands for the main
function of our product.T.I.P.S. Nail Conditioner is a treatment for your nails and cuticles designed to replenish the
lipids, which our everyday life has stripped them of.As the name implies T.I.P.S. protects our
nails and cuticles from the damage we expose them to on a daily basis, namely:
water, chemical products, harsh cleaning products, waxes as well as silicones found
in numerous body care products, etc.
How do I apply T.I.P.S.™
Apply T.I.P.S. daily to your
cuticles, the entire top surface of your nails, the underside of your nails and
the skin around your nails.It is
important to treat the area around the root of your nail, which is located just
before your first knuckle.For optimal
results apply the T.I.P.S. treatment when your nails are driest, which
for most of us is first thing in the morning.Be sure to apply T.I.P.S. before exposing your hands to water,
as it is designed to treat and protect your nails and cuticles from the damage
caused by water and other harsh substances throughout the entire day.If you wear nail polish or acrylics, simply
apply T.I.P.S. to the cuticle area, the skin around the nail and underneath
When is the best time of day
to apply T.I.P.S.™?
Apply The Incredible
Protection System (T.I.P.S.) when your nails are the driest, which for most of
us is first thing in the morning.Our
nails have not been exposed to water during the night, so our nails and
cuticles can absorb T.I.P.S. fast and effectively providing them with maximum
protection for the rest of the day.Any
application of T.I.P.S. must be done when your hands have been out of
water for at least 1 hour.The reason
being is that if your nails and cuticles have been exposed to water, they will
be full of water and not dry enough to absorb our conditioning treatment.
Can T.I.P.S.™ be washed off
if I have a shower or do the dishes immediately after applying it?
No, T.I.P.S. cannot
be washed off because it is designed to penetrate your nail and cuticle area
and is absorbed almost immediately.Unlike other products, which dry on your nail, this unique conditioning
treatment is not “ON” your nail, but rather it is “IN” your nail, thus
providing your nails and cuticles with the necessary protection caused by
excessive or repeated exposure to water or other damaging substances.
What should I do with the
excess solution on my nails and cuticles?
Any remaining solution may
be removed with a tissue; however we recommend you gently rub the excess into
your hands as you would a hand lotion.In doing so remember not to massage or stimulate your cuticles in any
way, as this will only irritate or damage them.
Which nail problems will The
Incredible Protection System help?
T.I.P.S. is an
effective treatment for most nail-related problems including peeling, cracking,
splitting, chipping, ridging, discoloration and brittleness.Many users have also reported a reduced
incidence of hangnails and nail biting.In addition, T.I.P.S. will help in growing out acrylics and creating a
healthy, natural nail.
When will I see results?
Results vary with different
users, but generally speaking, applying daily as directed; you should expect to
see results within 4 – 6 weeks.Happily,
many customers report results much sooner than 30 days.Marked improvement regarding problems such as
brittleness and chipping should be noticeable, whereas other problems that are
solved over time as the nail grows will depend on growth rate and differences
in body metabolism.The key to success
is to stick with the program and to call us on our toll-free line if you have
questions or need assistance in using our product.
Can I use T.I.P.S.™ more
than once a day?
Absolutely.You will be able to tell over time when your
nails can use a treatment.Needs depend
on your lifestyle and the types of chemicals and levels of moisture your nails
are exposed to.We even recommend
applying our conditioning treatment more often, perhaps two or three times a
day, if you have your hands in water frequently.However, you must keep in mind that prior to
application your hands must not have had contact with water for at least 1
hour. After treating them your hands can be exposed to water immediately.
Is this product designed for
growth or just conditioning my nails?
This product is designed to
treat both your nails and your cuticles by creating strong nails through
flexibility and by replenishing the lipids, which are the cement holding the
cells together.This is important
because our cuticles are made up of thousands of cells and they provide the
natural seal between the hard nail and the soft skin.The cuticle also produces the final, most
protective layer of your nail.Therefore, if your cuticle is irritated or damaged in any way, it cannot
perform its function properly.It is
logical that if your cuticles are left alone to do their intended job, they
will be able to use all their energy to create long, healthy nails, which are
naturally strong and resistant.Users of
T.I.P.S. have reported faster, better growth of their nails after
applying the treatment daily as directed.
Can you tell me something
about the ingredients in T.I.P.S.™?
Of course, T.I.P.S. contains
natural ingredients combined with our exclusive ingredient in order to create
this protection system and replenish the ever so important lipids.The main ingredient is soybean oil, chosen
because it is lighter than other oils and has a similar molecular structure to
that found in our skin.In addition we
use Vitamin E, which is a natural emollient that will moisturize and condition
your nails and cuticles.As with most
body care products preservatives have been added to provide longer shelf
life.The last ingredient listed is our
exclusive ingredient that makes our product unique and allows us to say: “There
is nothing else comparable to T.I.P.S. on the market.”
Is T.I.P.S.™ a nail polish
or a nail hardener?
No, T.I.P.S. is a nail
conditioning treatment that, unlike nail polishes and hardeners, does not
contain any volatile or fast drying chemicals.Since T.I.P.S. is an oil-based treatment, it will not dry on the
surface of your nail.Once you are done
applying T.I.P.S. to all of your nails, rub the excess into your hands just
like hand cream or simply use soap and water to remove any excess.
Can I wear nail polish while
treating my nails with T.I.P.S.™?
For best results we suggest
that you do not wear nail polish, especially if you are just starting with
T.I.P.S.If you are a new user we
recommend taking at least a two-week holiday from nail polish.Once your nails start to improve you can
recommence your use of nail polish, but as always, avoid contact with the
cuticle and skin around the nail.Continue to apply the T.I.P.S. treatment as directed to the
cuticle area, the skin surrounding the nail and underneath the nail.Secretly, we hope that once you start to have
beautiful nails naturally you won’t see a need for polish anymore.
Can I use artificial nails
and apply T.I.P.S.™ at the same time?
Yes, and T.I.P.S. is
a great way to grow out your artificial nails as well.Apply the treatment around the cuticle and
underneath the nail.In the meantime, do
not attempt to rip or peel your artificial nails off.Simply stop going for fills, cut the ends
right down and keep applying T.I.P.S. twice daily.Used as directed, T.I.P.S. will help you get
rid of your artificial nails without damaging your natural nail.
How do I apply T.I.P.S.™ if
I choose to wear acrylics or nail polish?
Should you continue wearing
acrylics and/or nail polish apply T.I.P.S. everyday around your
cuticles, the skin around the nail, any natural nail not covered by acrylic and
the underside of every nail in order to condition your cuticles and replenish
the lipids.Apply T.I.P.S. when your
nails are the driest, i.e. when they have been out of water at least 1 hour if
not longer.Keep in mind that T.I.P.S.
absorbs immediately; it is not a coating, rather a treatment.Any excess solution can simply be rubbed into
your fingers like a hand lotion.You
cannot wash it off as it is “IN” your nail as opposed to being “ON” your nail.
Do I need to use the ASK
Contour Nail File for T.I.P.S.™ to work effectively?
No, T.I.P.S. will work in
any case.However, in order to grow
longer, stronger, healthier nails it is imperative that your nails are
completely smooth and without any roughness or nicks, that may get caught on
things and tear the nail.Our ASK
Contour Nail File is designed to gently file, not tear your nail tissue,
thereby sealing your nail edge and helping protect them from peeling, splitting
and other damage.
Should I use hand cream with
When using hand creams or
lotions you should avoid getting these products on your nails.The waxes and silicones contained in these
products can put up a barrier on the surface of the nail inhibiting the
absorption of T.I.P.S..We recommend
that you use our Revival Skin Conditioning Milk to moisturize your hands
instead of those other harsh products.
Does T.I.P.S.™ help in
preventing nail biting?
Although T.I.P.S. is not
formulated for this specific problem, it promotes cessation of nail biting by
what it does for your nails, namely eliminating the usual nail problems that
promote a biting event.Nail biting is
often initiated by chipping, splitting or brittleness, any of which our
T.I.P.S. Nail Conditioner will solve.If you still start to bite your nail, you will then notice a much
different nail texture, which will also help break the habit.
Can you tell me if T.I.P.S.™
is okay for vegetarians?
At ASK Cosmetics we can
assure you that T.I.P.S. is okay for vegetarians as we only use natural,
plant-derived ingredients.We formulate
our product with soybean oil, being the main ingredient, Vitamin E, preservatives
and our exclusive ingredient, which also comes from a natural, plant-derived
Can T.I.P.S.™ be used by
people like me who work in food service?
Most definitely.In fact, it is highly effective for people
like you who have their hands exposed to water more frequently throughout the
day.Bear in mind that T.I.P.S. does
not remain on the surface of your nails and cuticles, but rather it is absorbed
almost immediately and protects your nails from the inside.The T.I.P.S. solution does not sit on the
surface; it cannot be washed off once it has been absorbed by dry nails.Remember that T.I.P.S. should be applied to
nails that have not been in contact with water for at least 1 hour.
Is there a chemical smell
when using T.I.P.S.™?
Honestly speaking, when
asked most people comment positively on the smell of the T.I.P.S. solution
saying it does not bother them in any way, but not everyone likes the
smell.If the smell bothers you, we
suggest applying T.I.P.S. daily as directed and once applied gently rub in any
excess as you would a hand lotion and remove the rest with a tissue or rinse
your hands with water.If T.I.P.S. is
applied to dry nails and cuticles, it will be absorbed almost immediately and
protect your nails and cuticles the rest of the day.Therefore, by rinsing your hands afterwards
you are not removing it, because it is “IN” your nail as opposed to “ON” your
How is T.I.P.S.™ for Toes
different from T.I.P.S.™ for nails?
There are some specific
challenges related to proper care of toe nails.Generally, toe nails are much thicker than finger nails and the skin
around the cuticle is much tougher.The
tremendous amount of moisture in shoes and socks exacerbates many of the
problems we see with finger nails.To
address these problems, T.I.P.S. for Toes is supercharged with 33 % more
of our exclusive ingredient.We have
also added Vitamin E, an oil-soluble antioxidant to reduce oxidization of the
lipids that the skin and cuticles need to be properly moisturized.
Can T.I.P.S.™ for Toes be
used on your finger nails?
Yes, of course.In fact we recommend using T.I.P.S. for Toes,
as it is 33 % stronger, for people whose hands are more exposed to water and/or
chemical substances, for instance: mothers, hairdressers, veterinarians,
hospital staff, kitchen staff, just to name a few.T.I.P.S. for Toes is also great for
people who want to grow out their artificial nails.In this case, simply apply the solution daily
around the cuticles, on the skin around the nail, on any natural nail not
covered by the acrylics as well as the underside of the natural nail.
What causes thickened toe
nails, and can T.I.P.S.™ for Toes help in this situation?
Let me answer this question
in two parts: the first being why people have thickened toe nails and the
second being how T.I.P.S. for Toes works.First off there are several reasons why
people might have thickened toe nails.They range from skin conditions, certain toe injuries, poor health,
inadequate nutrition, even genetics all the way to fungus.Unfortunately, the latter is the most
prevalent cause of thickened toe nails. In the USA alone about 35 million
Americans are affected by one of the many types of nail fungus. Fungi live in
warm, dark, moist environments like shoes, socks and stockings, and often
infect your toe nail beds when the protective nail surface becomes damaged or
broken. Once toe nail fungus takes hold, it is very difficult to get rid of.
We, at ASK Cosmetics, cannot make any medical claims in terms of being able to
cure toe nail fungus, however we advocate prevention through our incredible
T.I.P.S. for Toes has
been designed to penetrate toe nails, which are generally thicker than finger nails,
since it is 33 % stronger than T.I.P.S. and will protect your toe nails from
the damage caused by water and salt from sweat as well as irritation due to the
elevated exposure to moisture.For optimal
results T.I.P.S. for Toes must be applied to toe nails that are completely dry.By this we mean they should not have any
contact with water for at least one hour and be well-aired out from being in
shoes and socks prior to applying T.I.P.S. for Toes.Our solution will be almost instantaneously
absorbed and will then provide maximum protection against moisture and
irritation caused by the huge amount of sweat our feet release each day.
How does water cause damage
to your nails?
Many people do not realize
how water damages and weakens our finger nails and toe nails alike.Water destroys the natural binders in the
nail tissues with repeated absorption (swelling of the tissue cells) and
evaporation (shrinking of the tissue cells) of the water into and out of the
nail.Imagine a sponge that has water
poured on it.The sponge swells up as it
absorbs the water, however when the water evaporates from the sponge, it dries
up again.This constant swelling takes
place in our nail tissue whenever we have our hands exposed to water.For most of us this happens several times a
day. That is the reason why we recommend applying T.I.P.S. when your
nails are the driest, in order for them to absorb the maximum amount of our
solution.When your nails are full of
T.I.P.S. they cannot absorb water and that is one of the ways that T.I.P.S. helps
to protect your nails from water damage.
What are the “other
ingredients” listed on the bottle of T.I.P.S.™?
This term “other
ingredients” refers to the exclusive ingredient we add to our formulation,
which allows for the penetration of the lipids directly into the nails and
cuticles, proven in independent studies by The California Skin Research
Institute.We sometimes call it our
secret ingredient, as no one else on the market today uses it in their nail
care products, and it is what makes our product uniquely different and so
effective in treating, fortifying and strengthening the nails.
TIPS Nail Conditioner - one bottle lasts up to 6 weeks of daily manicure treatments.
TIPS for Toes - one bottle lasts up to 12 weeks of daily pedicure treatments.
Contour Nail File - This ergonomic, state-of-the-art, innovative file
made of stainless steel
will last 10 years or longer.
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