Handy Tips To Get Strong And Healthy Nails

Keeping Hands Clean

Make sure nails are thoroughly grime-free after washing your hands. The first step is to remove all traces of polish with an acetone-free remover, which won’t dry up nails.

Next, to remove dirt and exfoliate any dead skin, apply soap to a clean toothbrush and gently scrub nails and surrounding skin. This is a great way to avoid harsh chemicals and still keep your hands clean!

Being Gentle

Nails are delicate, so it’s best to treat them accordingly. Using metal tools under nails is a big no. Too much digging can cause the nail plate to separate from the skin. Wooden tools are the safest option.

Cleaning with chemicals and washing dishes can also weaken the nails. Wearing rubber, vinyl, nitrile, or plastic gloves is key to keeping those nails strong. And when the weather is chilly, a pair of mittens or gloves is a must.

Health Over Length

Just like with hair, consistent trims are important. Clipping every two weeks is perfect for making nails less prone to snags and breakage. A shorter style can also help keep nails neat and easier to manage.

Keeping them short, at least for short periods of time, avoids subjecting your nails to extra wear and tear, especially for those who struggle with hangnails or breakage. Long nails can look elegant, but as long as each nail is uniform in shape, you won’t miss the added length!

Keeping Nail Files On Hand

Keep a nail file handy for the on-the-spot buffing of any rough edges, especially if your job or workout routine exposes your nails to potential damage. Work in one direction with the grain of the nail to get the smoothest finish.

Emory boards can cause nails to peel and snag. Try a glass file to create an even edge to the nail. Glass (or crystal) nail files are great because they can be used on the weakest, brittle, and damaged nails.

Nails Tools Also Need Care

Just as cleaning makeup brushes, disinfecting nail tools between uses is just as important. If not disinfected often, pesky bacteria can grow on the tools and affect nails.

Wash metal tools with soap and water, and then wipe them with rubbing alcohol to keep nails infection-free. Disposable tools, like emery boards, must be regularly replaced. It’s easier to rotate a new tool for just a few bucks than to continue using a tattered one.