Just like luscious hair is the crowning glory of one’s face, beautifully maintained nails are the crowning glory of one’s hands. While we take good care of our hair and skin, we often tend to ignore the nails. If your nails are weak, brittle and tend to break easily, too, read on to know how you can prevent them from breaking, pealing and splitting:
Moisturise after washing
While water hydrates the skin, it dehydrates the nails. Since it takes away nails’ natural moisture, compensate for the lost moisture by moisturising hands and nails with a regular hand cream. While it isn’t possible to do this after every wash, one should do this at least thrice a day.
Protect through gloves
When doing household chores like washing the dishes, cleaning or gardening, protect your nails from the dirt and chemicals by wearing rubber gloves.
Hydrate with natural moisturisers
Touching a lot of things, washing hands plenty of times, painting our nails frequently and using chemical removers to take the paint off – all these activities result in deep dehydration of our nails. Luckily, nature has provided us with excellent remedies to counter the issue. Shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, castor oil, and olive oil are great for keeping your nails hydrated and since they are natural products, they have no side effects. They strengthen the nails, making them stronger and reducing the chances of them breaking.
Polish your nails the correct way
The right way to apply nail polish is to first apply a base coat, then double coat of the nail paint and then finish it off with a top coat. It’s a myth that these layers prevent the nails from breathing. Truth is, nails do not need to breathe, as they are made of keratin and do not require oxygen. In fact, these layers of nail polish temporarily strengthen the nails with their support, reduce chances of breakage and also lock the moisture within.
Don’t cut them when they are dry
Nails are made of layers and their natural oils are the glue that keeps these layers together. Clipping or filing dry nails will cause your nails to split and separate. The best time to clip or file them is after a shower or bath, when your nails are softer and less likely to split or break.
Stop using your nails as tools
Stop typing with your nails, scratching off dirt with them, removing stickers and even using them to substitute screw drivers. It causes unnecessary wear and tear, and causes them to break.
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