Although several nail care products can help your nails grown healthy and strong, there are still many ways that you can do to improve your nails without spending some money. Here are some nail care do’s and don’ts that would only cost you some time and discipline.
- Do pay attention to your cuticles. Push your cuticles back as little as you can to keep you nails free from problems. The less manipulation and pressure you put on the skin around your nails, the more healthy your nails will be. Nail problems usually occur from the damage incurred in over-pushing the cuticles. Over-trimming cuticles can damage the nail matrix which is responsible for healthy nail growth. Cutting too much cuticle will likely result to dented, peeling, brittle and unevenly growing nails.
- Do moisturize your cuticles as often as possible. The protective barrier in the nail matrix will break down once your nails become dry and flaky. Prevent dryness by using moisturizer after long exposure to water, harsh detergents, nail polish and nail polish remover.
- Do avoid excessive filing of your nails as this can break the nail’s structure. If possible, use only the gentles file, apply the gentlest filing pressure and avoid metal or exceedingly coarse nail files.
- Do take time in allowing your polish to dry. try to avoid quick dry top coats or nail polish as they usually contain alcohol. Instead, use a quick-dry spray or oil after you’re done painting to keep smudges at bay.
- Do touch ups on your polish. Make your manicure and pedicure last longer by applying a layer of top coat every other day. All it takes is a single layer and a little time to freshen up your polish and keep it nice-looking.
- Don’t use nail products that contain Toluene and Formaldehyde. These are toxic compounds that are harmful to your health.
- Don’t allow your manicurist or nail technician to touch your nails with nail tools that are not properly sterilized. Be careful in choosing a nail salon and a manicurist and make sure that their nail instruments are bacteria-free. Never risk your overall health for a cheap but unhygienic nail procedure.
- Don’t pull hangnails. Gently cut them and leave the cuticle intact. Use a nipper and nip it quickly but gently. Prevent such hangnails by using some cuticle oil to moisturize both your nails and cuticle.
- Don’t soak your nails in water for a long period of time. Avoid long exposure to detergent and soaps as well because it can and weaken your nails.
- Don’t ignore nail inflammation. Again, never ignore cuticle or nail inflammation as they may be caused by severe health problems. Consult a dermatologist for the problem to be addressed best.
Take heed of these do’s and don’ts to keep your nails healthy and pretty. Nail care practices are as simple as most basic hygiene routines. Just take the time to understand the importance of taking care of your nails and the importance of following the proper way to care for them.