As little as the nails are, they are amazing accessories. How you sport them is a very important factor, whether bare or trendy. That is why you should probably consider how you manicure, clip and polish them as you may be doing them wrong the whole time and inadvertently damaging your digits, and putting them at more risks than just having a broken nail.
Here are some habits you don’t know that could be destroying your nails.
Biting your finger nails
Most people bite their nails when they are nervous. However, nibbling at your nails can result in a couple of skin infections that can lead to other problem. This is because, germs and bacteria hide under your nails, so when you bite them, these germs can spread to your mouth and in most cases, cause bacterial infections. When your nails are bitten too low, it becomes infection-friendly. To get rid of this habit of biting your nails, try keeping your nails always neatly polished with possibly your favorite shade or you could add some nail art so you will find it a little hard to bite and ruin your beautiful nail polish or tips.
In case getting your nails painted doesn’t work, you consider talking to a mental health professional about boredom or anxiety issues, which can sometimes contribute to your nail chomping.
The first thing that comes to mind when we see the dry or loose skin just hanging on our nail beds is to chip away at the cuticles, but experts say it is best to leave this to the pros. Your cuticles help prevent limit fungal and bacterial infections in your nail beds. When you cut your cuticle the wrong way, you are likely to end with inflamed fingernails. The same rule applies for hangnails which, though harmless, are sometimes painful pieces of a chipped cuticle.
Whenever you have your nail appointment with your nail technician, make sure he sterilizes any cuticle nipper he uses to clip off the hanging skin, or if you are not convinced, you can bring your own nippers and make sure they are properly sterilized at home. Even when your hangnail has been nipped, take care of it with any antiseptic ointment to prevent infections until it heals. You can apply a vitamin E-based cuticle oil everyday to keep that place moisturized and also prevent future hangnails from sprouting out.
If peradventure, you have already gotten rid of your cuticles by yourself at home, be on the watch for redness or any kind of swelling around your nails, and when this happens, make sure you see a doctor immediately. These infections should neither be overlooked nor treated backhandedly as they can be very serious. A prescribed antibiotic cream is mostly what you need to treat them.
A nail file would never be mistaken for a saw, yet many people use them like one, filing back and forth with a strong, coarse-grit file, and separating the layers of the nail, causing splitting and peeling.
Instead of the strong coarse grit file, you can opt for a medium or fine-grit file and go in one direction. The same applies to your feet. Most people file their toenails into a rounded shape and then trim into their corners to get rid of ingrown toenails, but this particular action only leads to more ingrown toenails.
In order to prevent your toenails from growing inward, you should always clip first, and then file your toenails straight
Sometimes nail enhancements such as acrylics, gels, and color gels can chip or start peeling off on their own, tempting you to peel or file the rest off. Other times because these can be arduous to remove (color gel, for example, requires a 10-minute soak in acetone polish remover followed by rubbing the remnants off with an orange stick), you become impatient and again resort to peeling or filing. When you do this, your nails are weakened or even damaged and some of the layers are ripped off. And sometimes, it takes months for your nails to actually heal and completely grow
So, no matter how bad it may look to have nine long acrylic
nails and one short natural one, resist the urge to start pulling. You invest
good time and money to have these powders or gels
applied—invest the time to have a professional properly take them off.
Picking at your Polish
Picking at peeling at your manicure is a big no-no except you are wearing a peel off polish. Most people start picking at their nails immediately it starts chipping instead of removing it with nail polish remover. Picking at your polish can remove the top layer of your nail bed, and this sets the stage for weakened nails.
Do you know that leaving your gels on for a long time before taking them off can murder your nails? The worst about gel manicures is the removal process. The removal gels weaken your nail bed especially as it is so sensitive when it is wet. While you or your manicurist scrub at your nails with a metal tool to get rid of your nail polish, what you don’t know us that the pull and scrub can damage your nail bed very easily. Also, the UV light used for gels is not so healthy for your nails.
Removing gel polish also requires you use acetone nail polish removal, which can result in nail dehydration. It can make your nail brittle and prone to deterioration and breakage.
Wearing nail polish for weeks
Leaving your nail polish for weeks has the same effects on your nails as using gel; it dries out your nails. That’s why you often see those white spots when you remove your nail polish after you’ve had them on for so long. It means your nails are too dry.
Make sure you remove your nail polish before it starts chipping. Same thing should apply to your pedicures, which you should remove after two or three weeks so that your nails can breathe.
Living on coffee and cocktails
You probably don’t know it, but your nails are like a barometer of your health that even what you eat can contribute to its growth or not. Constantly eating junk causes things like ridges and thin, weak nails. When you are on a good diet, it positively affects your nails, skin and hair.