Tips to Prevent Nails from Breaking, Splitting, Peeling, Chipping

Tips to Prevent Nails from Breaking, Splitting, Peeling, Chipping

Tips to Prevent Nails from Breaking, Splitting, Peeling, Chipping

You must take care of your nails diligently and with great patience — strong, beautiful nails do not happen overnight. 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.

By following the simple tips outlined below, you can have the nails that you have always dreamed of.

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. As you're rubbing your hands together, make sure your nails are being thoroughly moisturized as well.

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.
If you have a dishwasher, use it. If you have to wash the dishes by hand, protect your nails by wearing rubber gloves.

4. Wear Protective Gloves When Doing Chores

You also shouldn't forget to protect your nails when doing other household chores. Harsh chemicals from soap and cleaning products are murderous to your nails. Wear latex gloves with a cotton lining to protect your hands and nails when cleaning your kitchen or scrubbing the bathroom.

5. Wear Protective Gloves When Gardening

Gloves also go for outdoor chores! Protect your nails from dirt and breakage when you are working on your garden. You should never work on your garden without garden gloves. In addition to keeping the dirt off your nails, garden gloves also protect your hands from blisters, sharp objects, and thorns.

6. 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 every wash. You can also rub a small amount of petroleum jelly on your nails after bathing or showering, and every time you wash your hands. Shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, castor oil, and olive oil are also great for keeping your nails hydrated.
Be careful of using manufactured nail moisturizers since these products may contain alpha-hydroxy acids, lactic acid, and urea, substances that can cause stinging and contact dermatitis in some people.

7. 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.

8. 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.
Conditioning nail enamel removers are available, but their effectiveness is minimal compared with the dehydrating effect of the strong solvents required to dissolve the nail polish.
It is not advisable to use nail polish remover too often. Once a week is more than enough.

9. Do Not Clip or File Your Nails When They Are Dry

Nails are made of layers and their natural oils are the glue that keep layers together. Clipping or filing dry nails will cause your nails to split and separate.
The best time to clip or file your nails is after a shower or bath or after washing your hands, when your nails are softer and less likely to split or break.

10. File Your Nails Correctly

File your nails only in one direction. Filing your nails back and forth will cause your nails to split.

11. Keep Your Nail Tips Well-Rounded

Long, pointy nails tend to break easily when doing daily activities. Short-to-medium length nails with well-rounded tips have the least chance of breaking.

12. Do Not Cut Your Cuticles

Never cut or remove your cuticles, as this can cause inflammation and infections. Just push them back gently.
Before pushing your cuticles back, however, you should take a shower or soak your fingers in lukewarm water for 10 to 15 minutes to make sure the cuticles are soft and pliable. With a cuticle stick (wood is gentler to your nails than steel), gently push your cuticle back. Be careful not to damage it, as damage will weaken the entire nail.
Remove the dead cuticle by moving the cuticle stick in a circular motion around the base of your nail.

13. Do Not Use Cuticle Removers

Cuticle removers are formulated as liquids or creams that contain an alkali to destroy cuticle keratin. Since cuticle removers contain high alkali, irritant contact dermatitis is common if the product is left on too long.
As mentioned above, the removal or manipulation of the cuticle is not recommended, as it may result in inflammation and infection. Cuticle removers can also damage the nail plate through softening.

14. Moisturize Your Cuticles

To moisturize the cuticles, your regular hand or body lotion will not do the job. The skin on the cuticle is much more delicate and requires a product designed to deliver heavy moisture with a gentle touch.
Here are some tips for cuticle repair:

For Dry but Not Detached Cuticles;
Use cuticle cream that contains citric acids, which are more effective moisturizers. You should choose moisturizers that contain petroleum, glycerin, shea butter or safflower seed oil. These natural moisturizers do wonders for your cuticles as well as your hands.

For Detached Cuticles;
Cuticle oil is your best choice. Cuticle oils are usually made of a combination of enriched vegetable oils, flaxseed oil or citric acids. The oil provides an intense hydration, allowing the cuticle to repair itself and reattach to the nail.

For Cracked Cuticles;
Use more intensive treatment with vitamin E oil, which you can find in most drug stores. Shea butter, almond oil, or olive oil also works wonders on cracked cuticles. Just rub it in the cuticles like any other cuticle oil for the same results.

15. 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.
Here are some tips to stop nail biting:
  • Get your nails professionally manicured and look at your nails to see how beautiful they are, Use a bright color of nail polish so it's easy to notice when you are biting them.

  • Chew gum or a carrot or celery stick to focus your mouth away from your nails.

  • Paint a nail inhibitor on your nails.

16. Do Not Use Your Nails as Tools

We all do it. We use our nails as tools without giving it a second thought. We use them to open cans, scrape or remove stickers, and even scratch up dirt. We use them as scissors, screwdrivers, thumbtack removers, etc.
All this misuse of our nails puts a lot of wear and tear on them. So, let's say it all together now: "Nails are nails. Not tools!"

17. Wear Warm Gloves During Cold Weather

While water, acetone, and other harsh chemicals will make your nails dry and brittle, causing them to split, cold weather can also make this condition worse, especially when you go outside without warm gloves.
Nails are made of layers. In the winter, dry air permeates the layers, leaving them so brittle that even the slightest impact, like striking a computer keyboard, can cause them to break.
To prevent this, you should always wear warm gloves during cold weather.

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