Having strong healthy nails has always been a sign of beauty and good health. However, with the number of things we have going on in our lives it’s not always easy to take the time to ensure that our nails are getting the nutrition and care they need. Our nails can turn brittle and break easily if not taken care of. They can also get ridges which make them look dry and feel strange as well. When our nails aren’t in top condition it also makes putting on nail polish a struggle because you don’t get the smooth finish you normally would. Having unhealthy nails can also make us self conscious and uncomfortable about our hands which isn’t always practical considering we use our hands to do everything. Here are a few ways you can ensure that your nails are getting the nutrients and care they need to stay strong and beautiful.
1. Don’t touch your cuticles
It doesn’t matter whether you’re getting a professional manicure or doing your nails at home. One of the easiest ways to make your nails susceptible to bacteria and fungus infections is by pushing back your cuticles. While you might think pushing back your cuticles makes your nails look good, it’s actually one of the worst things you can do for them in the long run.
The main reason that our nails break and crack is because of a lack of moisture. It’s critical that you use a hydrating oil or lotion on your cuticles, and entire nail beds to ensure that they stay soft and supple.
3. Avoid Acetone
Acetone is a common ingredient in most nail polish removers. While it gets your polish off quickly it dries out your nails completely and makes them prone to breaking and splitting. While buying nail polish removers find a type that is acetone free. It might take a little more effort to get your polish off but it will be worth it in the long run.
4. Don’t file your nails
Nail files wreak havoc on your nails. While they might do a good job and smoothing down rough edges they cause small cracks in your nails, always as dryness. They also make nails weak. Avoid files altogether and if you need to trip your nails use a nail cutter instead.