Do Not Cut or Handle Cuticles
The cuticle is a natural barrier to fungus and bacteria, and if you break it, the protection is lost. This can not only make that area look worse, but can also cause a nasty infection that damages the nail bed and causes permanent nail damage. While cutting cuticles poses a great risk, pushing them back can also cause problems.
Use Nail Strengthening Products Carefully
The main message here is that many of these products do more harm than good. Keep in mind that these products have not been adequately studied clinically. That’s why most products and promises are not backed by science. Most people will not benefit from a nail strengthener unless the nails are indeed extremely weak and brittle. Healthy nails are nails that are flexible. So to prevent them from breaking, avoid anything that makes your nails more brittle.
Moisturize Nail Bed and Cuticle
Although there is little medical data to show that moisturizing the nail bed will help nails grow, it can help keep the nail looking better and prevent breakage due to lack of moisture. If your nails are prone to breakage, it may mean they need moisture, and applying oil around the cuticles will help moisturize the entire nail, which will reduce the risk of breakage, cracking and splitting.
Take Biotin Supplements
In several studies, researchers have found that biotin supplements (a member of the B vitamin family) increase nail thickness and prevent splitting and breakage. In a respected German study that evaluated 45 people with severe nail problems, supplementing with 2.5 milligrams of biotin over several months showed benefits for everyone. 91% of participants showed significant improvement. To achieve this effect, you need to take a supplement of 2.5 milligrams per day. Some nail products also contain silicone and MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane/Formula
C2H6O2S), both beneficial for nail health.
Reduce the Number of Professional Manicures
Nails that undergo regular manicures and pedicures can be dry and brittle. This is thought to be caused by exposure to more chemicals and harsher ingredients. Women who have had manicures can develop chronic nail bed infections, often in the areas around the nail base. When you look at your finger from the side, you should see the area around your nail bed straight. If it is raised, it may mean you have a chronic infection. One way to reduce problems is to use your own manicure and pedicure supplies. This definitely reduces the risk of infection and helps to have a healthier experience.
Do Not Use Acetone-Based Nail Polish Remover
The one thing all dermatologists would agree with is acetone, which you should avoid if you have brittle nails. It has been documented by research and experience because it causes nails to become brittle.
Avoid Using Hard Files
Old-fashioned steel files are too hard for the nail and can create tiny cracks that cause breakage and tearing. Instead, use a paper file and try to file your nails in one direction rather than back and forth.
Don’t Wash Your Hands Frequently and Don’t Use Cheap Chemical Soaps
Washing your hands often may seem healthy, but over-washing can wreak havoc on your nails. If you have a job where frequent hand washing is mandatory, use moisturizer as often as possible and apply moisturizer around the cuticles more than a few times a day. When doing housework or doing laundry, avoid contact with harsh chemicals, including dish soap, by wearing rubber gloves whenever possible.
Choose Your Shampoo Carefully
While most women’s shampoo is good for their hair, the same may not be true for their nails. Shampoos used especially for oily hair are designed to remove lipids and other natural oils from the scalp. If your nails are very dry and you use a shampoo recommended for oily hair, it has the potential to dry out the nails.
Make Sure Your Toenails Are In Good Shape
What applies to your fingernails also applies to your toenails. When you get a pedicure that is not hygienic, you may be more prone to infection problems. Since the feet are often in the shoes, the fungus spreads more easily. If you have regular pedicures, bring your own tools. You should cut your toenails straight. Having a round nap can increase the risk of ingrown nails, which can be painful and sometimes develop into an infection.