Don’t you just hate it when you break a nail?
What a disaster! If a nail breaks by accident, it’s okay. Accidents happen. However, if your nails are constantly breaking, splitting, peeling or chipping, then you have a problem.
You must take care of your nails diligently and with great patience — strong, beautiful nails do not happen overnight.
Tips to Prevent Nails from Breaking, Splitting, Peeling, Chipping
1. Keep Your Hands and Nails Clean
To have beautiful hands, you have to have beautiful nails. To have beautiful hands and nails, you have to keep them clean. Wash your hands with gentle hand soap and use a nail brush to scrub your nails thoroughly on top, along the folds, and under them where dirt usually hides.
2. Moisturize Your Hands and Nails After Washing Your Hands
Water hydrates your skin, but dehydrates your nails. To compensate, you need to moisturize your hands and nails after every wash. Your regular hand moisturizer will do.
3. Wear Rubber Gloves When Washing Dishes
Not only is this common chore tough on your hands, it is also very damaging to your nails. Excessive dish washing is one of the most common reasons that nails become dry and brittle.
4.Keep Your Nails Hydrated
Water, harsh soap, and other cleaning products dry out our nails. In addition, our nails get drier as we age. To make up for the loss of water, we need to moisturize our nails regularly to prevent breaking, splitting, and chipping.
To keep your nails hydrated, moisturize your hands and nails after.
5. Polish Your Nails
Applying nail polish, even if it is just a clear base coat, protects your nails and reduces moisture loss. A proper nail polish application consists of a base coat, one or two coatings of your chosen nail polish, and a topcoat.
The base coat is important to ensure good adhesion to the nail plate and prevent the polish from chipping. The base coat may also prevent nail discoloration caused by dark polish.
The topcoat provides gloss and resistance to chipping.
Note: Nails don’t need to breathe! Since nails are made of keratin, they don’t require oxygen and do not need to “breathe” the way your skin does
6.Avoid Excessive Use of Nail Polish Remover
Nail polish removers may contain strong solvents such as acetone, alcohol, ethyl acetate, or butyl acetate, all of which are harmful to your nails.
7.File Your Nails Correctly
File your nails only in one direction. Filing your nails back and forth will cause your nails to split.
8.Do Not Bite Your Nails
Your nails are not always clean, so biting your nails is absolutely unhealthy. It is a bad habit that leads to split and choppy nails, bleeding, infections, and pain. Stop it! However, I know it’s easier said than done.