Longer nails are often a sign of health, beauty and accomplishment. You can shape them, paint them, and even adorn them with jewels. But natural nails often chip, break, or become damaged. There are some precautions you can take, however, to get the most out of your real nails.
- Avoid artificial nails. The bonding powder damages the nail bed.
- File your nails into a more natural oval shape. Square shapes may encourage breaking.
- Avoid nail products with Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBT (dibutyl phthalates)
- Don't use your nails as tools. Texting, scraping, dialing, and opening packages are all culprits of damage.
- Use rubber gloves while you clean. They offer more protection than latex gloves, and they are available on appealing styles. The barrier will keep erosive chemicals away from your nails.
- If your doctor permits it, try Vitamin E supplements instead of gelatin tablets. Taking gelatin provides no cosmetic benefit, but some have luck with vitamin E. If you are unable to take Vitamin E supplements, try soaking your nails in Vitamin E oil or extra virgin olive oil for 10 minutes each week.
- Use nail polish remover no more than once a week. Also make sure that it does not contain acetone.
- Massage lotion into your nails daily.
- Eat a healthy diet. Also, opt for water instead of sports drinks, cheap juices or sodas.
- While you are wearing nail polish, do not pick at it or try to peel it off.
- Keep them all the same length. You don't want one nail to overcompensate.
With these 11 ideas, you too can maximize your fingernail potential. It's impossible to avoid breakage completely, but you can still get your tips in tip-top shape. With enough patience and ongoing effort, you can get the most out of your ten tips.