Hair, Nails & Skincare

4 Healthy Tips to Nail Your Nail Care

When it comes to being healthy, don’t neglect your nails! Your nails matter, too.

The nail is a common site of injury, so temporary changes in your nail’s appearances shouldn’t be cause for immediate alarm. However, if the nail changes in appearance for longer than two weeks, it is always a good idea to have a doctor diagnose the problem.

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These nail care tips will help your nails stay nice and healthy:

1) Limit your manicures. As pretty as it is, nail polish can be highly damaging to the nails! Going from one manicure to the next isn’t a good idea if you want to preserve the strength of your nails.

Have you ever removed nail polish and taken a good look at your nails? Do your nails have ridges or feel a little bumpy? Nail damage is common from the harsh chemicals of nail polish and nail polish remover. Try going a couple months without applying anything to your nails—it’s good to let your nails breathe!

2) Try not to use your nails as tools. Use an actual tool, like a knife, if you want to pry at something. Using your nail as a tool will just make it much more likely that your nails will chip and break.

3) Keep your nails shorter. The idea here is that your nails will be less likely to break if you keep them fairly short. This is an especially good idea if your nails are weaker and more prone to breaking.

I also like to file my nails rather than using clippers because it’s not as brittle or harsh on the nail. Try to only use clippers after your nails have been softened from water—such as immediately after showering. It will be gentler on your nails!

4) Don’t push down the cuticles. We have cuticles for a reason! They help to protect the nail, and if you cut your cuticles or push them down, the nail will be more susceptible to infection. Although pushing cuticles down is a common practice in nail salons, you can request that they not perform that part of the manicure.

Taking good care of your nails is also important for avoiding nail fungus—but if you do get a nail fungus infection, there are some great tips and treatment options at The Canadian Nail Fungus Resource.

Stay healthy! Nail care matters.

What are your best healthy nail care tips? Do you take breaks between manicures? Share in the comments section below!

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  1. Jann Olson

    My nails are short, because they just don’t grow. When they do, they just split. Don’t like long nails, but wish they would grow a little. Thanks for sharing these tips with SYC.

  2. Di from Max The Unicorn

    Great tips! I definitely need to practice number 1 more as I’m always going from one polish to the next (thankfully my nails are still in reasonable condition). I like to use a cuticle cream before every mani to soften and nourish my cuticles. I have a lemon butter one that smells amazing!

  3. Stephanie

    Great tips, Sagan. My nails grow like crazy and every other week I have to trim them so they aren’t like claws {{smiles}} Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. I hope you’re able to join us again tomorrow. Hugs!

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