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HEALTHY NAILS IS ONE CLICK AWAY

Figuring out our nail care routine was confusing, so we decided to make it easier for you.

Growth

Step 1: Minimize water exposure

Water is great for hair and skin but not so much for the nails. Too much water exposure to your nails makes them brittle and weak. You need to put in place measures that reduce the contact time between water and your nails when washing and bathing. You can wear gloves for this matter.

Step 2: Drink plenty of water

Stay hydrated by drinking enough water daily. It is very essential for one’s health besides that it helps to care for your nails health. Lack of adequate moisture in the body results in brittle nails that peel and break easily. Intake of enough water makes keep your nails moisturized and be strong.

Step 3: Choose your nail products carefully

Many of nail polish removers, acrylics, and nail polishes contain harsh chemicals that result in nail thinning, dryness and brittleness. It is highly advisable you avoid acetone nail polish remover, acetone soaks, acrylic nail glue and gel polishes at all costs. Instead, look for acetone-free polish-removers as well as nontoxic nail soaks and polishes.

Step 4: Give your nails break

Despite the fact that polish makes our nails look nice, we sometimes need to give it a rest to allow our nails to breathe. The use of polish constantly, even the nontoxic ones can weaken your nails. After wearing it for a while, remove using an acetone-free polish-remover and let them stay polish-free for a few days. This is very key for the strength and the overall health of your nails.

Hangnail

Ouch! If you have a hangnail on the side of your nail bed, it can sometimes be painful if you don’t get rid of it. However, if hangnails aren’t trimmed away properly, you can actually cause more to crop up. It’s better to never cut your cuticles and instead, apply a cuticle-removing formula over the perimeter of your nail bed, and then push your cuticle back using the flat tip of an orange stick or cuticle pusher. Then, gently remove the free-up dead skin with a tissue or the softest side of a buffing block to reveal a hangnail-free, clean-looking nail bed.

Nail Biting

Studies shows that most people bite their nails because they are bored or high anxiety. Biting your nails can be compared to filing them improperly. You are soaking them in a liquid aka your saliva makes them super weak. Plus, the whole experience isn’t sanitary, especially because debris, dirt, and bacteria is lodged up under your nail and is possibly going into your mouth. Eek! Have a habit you can’t quit? Try getting one coat of clear gel on your nails because “it’s too thick to bite through.” Or, you can paint on a gross-tasting formula to deter you from putting your fingers in your mouth.

Breakage

Step 1: Minimize water exposure

Water is great for hair and skin but not so much for the nails. Too much water exposure to your nails makes them brittle and weak. You need to put in place measures that reduce the contact time between water and your nails when washing and bathing.

Step 2: Moisturize, Moisturize, and Moisturize

Healthy cuticles equal healthy nails. The main habits to break is picking, trimming, or manipulating your cuticles in any way. Cuticles act as both a seal and a barrier, keeping in hydration and keeping out possible infections. “Your cuticles are the last line of defense, acting as a shield to block the spread of bacteria from moving in on your nail. Use a cuticle moisturizer every day, twice a day during the winter months.

Step 3: File strategically.

Keeping nails at a length that’s functional for your day-to-day life helps prevent breakage and tearing. When you file your nails, make sure you're doing it correctly. Shaping your nails may seem like a mindless activity, but it can actually weaken and break your nails if executed improperly. Start on the outside edge and pull toward the center—then continue to gently swipe across your nail in that one direction. Don't saw the file back and forth, which creates too much friction and gives you frayed edges that catch and snag easily. Hold the file tilted underneath the tip.