With the variety of solutions and chemicals you get your nails in contact with, you might notice that they’ve become dry, brittle, and easily get broken or chip off. These are signs that your nails are not healthy and you need to get them to tip top health before the damage becomes permanent or before you get serious infections due to breaks in your cuticle or due for fungal formations in and around your nails. Here are some simple and practical tips to maintain healthy nails.

Protect Your Nails From Harsh Chemicals

Before to performing typical household chores like washing the dishes and doing the laundry or prior to handling any cleaning solution – including detergent, bleach, and other cleaning agents – be sure to don protective gloves first. These chemicals are not only skin irritants but they can hurt your nails and cuticle as well.

Trim Regularly

Trimming regularly is key to maintaining healthy nails. It is best to trim your nails when they are soft and flexible, like after taking a bath. After trimming, file the edges to get a smooth finish.

Leave Your Cuticles Alone

Whether you do your nails by yourself or have a professional stylist do it, it is best to leave your cuticles undisturbed. That means not cutting them or pushing them backwards. Cuticles are natural barriers against infection. Once there is disruption in cuticle integrity, your nail beds become very easy targets for infection.

Avoid Acetone-Based Polish Remover

Acetone strips your nails of keratin, leaving them dry and prone to breakage. It is advised to limit acetone-based nail remover to not more than once every week. Also, it is preferable to use non-acetone based removers that have moisturizer in them.

Use Hand and Nail Moisturizer

To keep your nails moisturized, massage moisturizing lotion to your cuticles and nails when you apply them to your hands. To achieve optimum benefits, apply a moisturizing cream/lotion every after you wash your hands and right before you go to bed. Some advocates rubbing petroleum jelly to your cuticles and nails but a good moisturizing lotion will usually suffice.

Do Not Share Nail Tools

Sharing manicure/pedicure tools with another person is like sharing needles with a patient – it is unhygienic and dangerous as it makes you prone to sharing infections as well. Do not share your own tools nor borrow someone else’s tools when you do nail care. If you rely on salon services to take care of your nails, make sure that the technician thoroughly sterilizes her tools prior to servicing you; otherwise, you can bring your own tools.

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