Having a set of well groomed nails gives people the impression that you care about yourself. Beautiful finger nails lend to the beauty of any woman, and they can also add to the personality of the woman, too. Different colors, styles, and lengths of nails all say different things about who we are as individuals, so it’s important to take proper care of our nails to prevent any sort of splitting, chipping, and breaking.
The best way to take care of your nails is to first look at what you should NOT do with your nails. This includes:
Stop chewing your nails! This one is obvious, however many women still can’t seem to resist taking a nibble when they become stressed, overwhelmed or bored. The best way to train your brain to stop chomping on your fingernail is to use one of the many anti-biting solutions that are out on the market these days. These solutions are bitter and not pleasing to our taste buds, so that will help put a stop to any gnawing and biting.
Keep your hands away from detergents. Our hands go through a whole lot in a day, which means are nails are too. Though you may be used to scrubbing your dishes with bare hands, the best thing that you can do for both your fingernails and your hand is to wear protective rubber gloves. These only take a second to slip on, and they will keep your nails from splitting and breaking prematurely
Keep your hands dry. Another good tip is to keep your hands dry as much as possible. After you wash your hands, make sure that you dry them thoroughly with a towel. Follow up by applying a thick, moisturizing hand cream and take care to rub the cream into your fingernails and cuticles too.
Try to prevent your nails from “feeling the pressure”. This means putting a stop to allowing your nails to repetitively tap or bang against things, such as typing on a keyboard. Keep your nails at a length where they look clean, polished, and are still functional.
Never cut your cuticles. Push them back gently if they are out of line, but do not trim them with scissors. This only leaves your fingernails open to bacteria and fungal infections which will weaken your nail.
Now that we have a good idea of what we SHOULDN’T do, let’s look at what we SHOULD do:
Use quality products on your nails. The less expensive nail polishes and nail polish removers often contain far harsher ingredients than the more expensive ones, and don’t offer any sort of hydrating properties. Nail care products tend not to cost a whole lot anyway, so use that additional dollar or two when buying nail care products to buy quality items.
Fix your nail polish as soon as it chips. If your nail polish is chipping, fix it or remove it completely and apply a fresh coat. Always remember to apply a base coat to your nails too to keep them protected from the nail polish colors. You can even choose basecoats that will help strengthen your ails and make them more durable.