How to Keep Your Nails Healthy

How to Keep Your Nails Healthy
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Giving your nails a makeover can take them from boring to gorgeous in just an hour or two. Start by using trimming, filing and buffing techniques that bring out the best in the shape of your nails. Then, choose your favorite color and paint your nails with a professional-looking finish. Giving yourself a manicure will instantly beautify your nails, but for long-term results it's important to have healthy habits that keep your nails strong, shiny and beautiful underneath the polish.

I. Stop biting your nails.

This bad habit damages and weakens your nails, making it a lot harder to keep them looking beautiful. Your nails don't have the chance to grow long and strong when you chew on them, so find another way to occupy your mouth and leave your nails alone.

II. Don't use acetone nail polish remover.

Acetone is a paint remover to that takes the polish right off, but it can also be damaging to nails. If your nails are brittle and dry, acetone can even cause them to break. Look for acetone-free nail polish remover; it doesn't take the polish off quite as quickly, but it's a lot better for your nails.

Stop biting your nails

III. Protect your nails from harsh substances.

Strong cleansers and other chemicals are hard on nails and skin. When you're using cleaning solutions, always wear gloves to protect your hands. This is especially necessary if you're using bleach and other strong chemicals to clean.

  • Consider switching out harsh household cleaners for natural substances that aren't damaging to nails. For example, a 50/50 white vinegar water solution makes a great everyday cleanser for most surfaces.
  • You should also protect your hands when you're doing the dishes. Dish soap is drying, so wear rubber gloves to keep your hands from getting soapy.

IV. Don't use your nails as tools.

If you tend to use your nails in place of scissors, clippers and knives, your nails probably tend to break pretty frequently. To keep them beautiful and healthy, don't use them in situations where they might rip off or get chipped. It's better to use the right tool for the job than to put unnecessary strain on your nails.

V. Give your nails a break from polish, gels and acrylics.

gels and acrylics

Nail polish, gels, and especially acrylics can be hard on nails. These substances contain chemicals, and they're difficult to remove without using even more chemicals. Over time your nails will weaken and possibly even turn yellow unless you give them a break sometimes. Try going at least a week out of each month without applying polish, gels or acrylics.

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