We all want strong and healthy nails even though we may want to fix nails from time to time. Are your nails soft, brittle or damaged? Here are a few tips on keeping strong and healthy nails.
Avoid using your nails as tools
A lot of people have found their nails to be useful tools. As tempting as it may be, try not to use your nails to scratch things off the counter, scratch recharge cards or even use to open bottles (if you can do that). These activities will most likely weaken your nails and make them break off easily.
Most of the cleaning products we use are alcohol based and therefore not very good for your nails. Either use products with softer ingredients or wear gloves when cleaning. Also constant exposure to water will make your nails soft and easy to break.
For healthier nails, soak your nails in a bowl of natural oil such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil or whatever natural oil you have available. This oil soak is also great for when you just took off fake nails.
What better way to nurture the outside than from the inside? Eat foods rich in biotin such as eggs, avocados, wheat and so on – they are good for strong nails and healthy hair (basically killing two birds with one stone). You can also take vitamin supplements.
Moisturize by using hand creams twice a day (morning and night). You can also buy cuticle creams or nail creams. There is a clear (but expensive) strengthening nail polish that has minerals such as calcium and protein that would make your nails strong and healthy. If you have that, apply weekly.
Changing your nails too often
Try to allow your manicure (fake nails or nail polish) stay a while before removing and reapplying. The materials used to make nail polish remover (and dissolver) could be harmful to your nails if used very often.