There is nothing better than having strong and beautiful nails and you can’t deny that brittle and flaking nails are quite unsightly and also uncomfortable to have. However, getting strong nails is better said than done. Thankfully, there are several things that you can to toughen up your nails and have them grow more healthily.
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What Causes Brittle Nails?
That clacking sound you hear when your nails hit your phone’s screen or keypad can actually cause some serious potential damage. When the tips of your nails are repeatedly receiving this sort of impact, they can split, fracture, or fray as a result.
Other damaging activities to your nails include nail biting, prolonged exposure to nail polish and/or other nail products with harsh or drying ingredients, and cuticle cutting. So if people keep telling you to stop picking at your nails, they’re probably right and you’ll do your nails a world of good if you listen to them.
Lack of Moisture
Applying lotion should actually be done every time you wash your hands and not just at the start of the day, because water washes away your hand lotion. If you want your hands to keep being moisturized so that your nails won’t be brittle and prone to damage, you must moisturize a lot of times throughout the day.
Lack of Nutrients
A B vitamin called biotin is necessary if you want to keep your hair and nails strong. If your nails are brittle, then it’s probably because your body is seriously lacking this vitamin. Iron deficiency can also cause your nails to become concave or get depressed.
5 Tips To Getting Tougher Nails
Stop The Bad Habits
Nail biting is quite a common problem that you should avoid if you’re trying to get stronger nails. I know that it’s a nervous habit, but you will have to look for an alternative as it can damage or infect your hands and mouth. The added moisture from your saliva can further weaken your nails, so try prettying up your nails to keep yourself from biting them.
Reduce or stop entirely the use of acrylic or gel polishes. Your nails can become brittle if their removal is rushed and even the proper way of removing them with soaking can also damage your nails a lot. You can opt for less manicures of these kinds and get the traditional ones more often.
Now this is a nasty habit of mine as well, but for stronger nails, we have to stop chipping off the old polish from our nails. When you do that, the top layer of your nail bed comes with the polish leaving your nails with an exposed, weak base. Remember to use base coats and top coats so that you’ll reduce the chances of you getting tempted to chip off your nail polish.
Get The Proper Vitamins
Make sure to get plenty of Biotin as it helps promotes the growth and strengthening of your nails, hair, and skin. An ideal amount would be 30-40 micrograms per day, and you can get this from food or health supplements. Biotin-rich food include whole grain, mushroom, bananas, salmon, and avocado. Food with folic acid also promotes nail growth and you can find it in fish, red meat, cheese, and fortified soy products. Vitamin A and Vitamin C are also particularly helpful in strengthening nails and promoting healthy growth.
Shape your nail base and remember to take good care of it. The foundation of a strong nail is, unsurprisingly, the base. Choose an easy to maintain shape like rounded nails and remember that the shorter they are, the better. File them the right way: starting from the outer edge and go towards the center. Never sawing back and forth as this will weaken your nails.
Clean your cuticles and keep them moisturized, but never cut them. Once you’re done with those two things, it’s time to apply a strengthening treatment for your nails. Choose one that works well with your budget and schedule and this comes in the forms of serums, creams, and strengthening polish. Serums are the most expensive but fast-acting, while strengthening polish can take a while longer but is easily accessible and affordable.
Nails Are Not Tools
It can be tempting to constantly use your nails to pick, poke, and pry stuff. They’re exceptionally helpful in these instances, but as it turns out, these activities can contribute to weakening nails. As such, you have to accept the fact and stop utilizing your nails for such purposes. A good way to keep yourself to remembering this is to beautify your nails. The better looking they are, the less chances of you using them in exerting force on objects will be.
As a matter of fact, applying a thin coat of nail polish can also help your nails to maintain moisture, so it’s not totally way off to suggest pampering and making your nails pretty every once in a while. Just remember to use a base and top coat, and also to remove old polish after a week. Let your nails rest and breathe for a few days before applying new polish.
DIY Nail Soak
There are a lot of things in your kitchen that could help moisturize and nourish your nails. Coconut oil, argan oil, vitamin E oil, tea tree oil, and castor oil are some of them. You can use a cotton ball to soak your nails with these oils, and a massage to help improve circulation to your fingers can also improve the condition of your nails. It is recommended to sleep with a cotton glove after doing these then rinsing off your hands with warm water in the morning.
Remember that water ironically dries and damages nails, so don’t soak your nails in water. When inevitably handling water for long periods of time like washing dishes, it’s best if you do it with rubber gloves on.
Remember that it can take a lot of discipline in order to achieve stronger nails, but trust me when I say that the end result is totally worth it. I hope you learned a lot from this article and do keep these tips in mind for better, stronger nails.