There’s nothing a good manicure can’t fix, right? And don’t you wish your nails looked like that all the time?
But instead, they chip frequently, are brittle and oh so discolored. You feel the need to keep wearing nail polish to hide the disastrous state of your nails, making them more damaged and weaker. But they don’t have to be. Yes, you read that right. Strong, healthy and beautiful nails aren’t a far fetched dream and can be attained by maintaining and incorporating a few steps in your everyday routine. In the following few paragraphs, we’ll be discussing all that you should, and shouldn’t do, to get beautiful nails in no time. So keep on reading!
What causes the nails to become damaged?
Our nails are made up of layers of keratin, a protein found in our hair and skin as well. However, as we age the cells in our bodies produce keratin at a slower rate resulting in dry and weak nails. And while it isn’t possible to delay the onset of a diminished production of keratin in our body, as it is an aging factor, there are a few things that we can do that might make a difference.
We have all heard the benefits of drinking water for the skin. But little do we know that staying hydrated can also help with keeping our nails healthy and glossy. Without enough moisture in the body, the nails can easily become brittle and break frequently. Staying hydrated can help your nails to be stronger and retain their moisture, keeping excessive chipping at bay.
Avoid getting acrylic nails
This is an alternative for those who have trouble growing their nails, however is can cause the nails to peel which can weaken them and resulting in breaking the nails.
Give your nails a break from polish
We’re all about expressing your creativity by painting your nails. However, going overboard with it can be harmful for their health as your nails too need to be able to breathe. Applying nail polish is an extra layer on top of your nails and can weaken them if put on for a longer period of time. We recommend taking off any nail paint at least after a week of wearing it using an acetone free polish remover. Just like we keep our skin away from makeup products to give it a break, similarly we should do this for our nails too.
Moisturise your nails
Our nails need moisture just like our skin and hands do. After removing your polish make sure to moisturise your nails to keep them healthy. Using a hand cream should do the trick. And if you feel your nails need a little extra love and caring, we recommend a nourishing nail oil like the Leovard Oil Fusion, a multipurpose blend of eleven nutritious oils, which will help restore moisture and shine to your yearning nails as well as give your healthier cuticles.
Less exposure to water
Soaking your hands in the water frequently and washing them more than needed can cause your nails to become weak and brittle. So if you plan on washing the dishes we suggest you use hand gloves. Also, try to keep your hands out of the water while taking a bath as exposure to water for extended periods of time can cause them to break.
Don’t overdo your hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizers have become more popular due to their effectiveness during the pandemic. It has proven to be extremely effective in getting rid of germs and microbes but using it excessively does have its side effects. Overdoing it can lead to dry and cracked skin as well as redness because most hand sanitizers are alcohol based. Make sure when you use hand sanitizer try not to get it in on nails and don’t overdo it. Or you can opt for a gentle hand sanitizer like the Leovard Hand sanitizer that doubles as a moisturizer owing to hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. Not only will it keep your hands soft, but also your nails nourished and hydrated.
Change how you file your nails
How you file your nails has a huge impact on them. Normally people file their nails in a back and forth motion like a saw which can weaken the nails. Instead, filing your nails in one direction only can help keep your nails looking healthy and prevent them from breaking too easily. Also filing slowly on the sides of the nails can also be helpful while filing them aggressively can weaken them.
Don’t use your nails to do things
Using your nails to do things can also weaken your nails, making them prone to breaking easily. Those who have long nails often use their nails to open a soda can or use the paper clip. Instead of using your nails to do all this, use the pads of your fingers to keep your nails from breaking.
Strong, healthy and beautiful nails are not easy to maintain, but definitely not an impossible feat. A few consistent habits and steps done religiously can allow you to enjoy beautiful and healthy nails.