Stop Doing These 10 Things If You Want Healthy Nails

LIFESTYLE  |  October 05, 2016
  • 1. Don’t File Your Nails Back And Forth
    1 / 10 1. Don’t File Your Nails Back And Forth

    Filing your nails back and forth can lead to chipping and cause them to tear too. Instead, go in one direction and do it slowly so you’re more gentle to your nails.

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  • 2. Don’t Skip Base Coat
    2 / 10 2. Don’t Skip Base Coat

    Base coat helps protect nails from harmful nail polish that can be hard to remove. Glitter or confetti-type nail polishes are usually so difficult to remove so having a base coat helps protect the nail from harsh removers.

    (Also Read: 5 Common Manicure Mistakes You Must Avoid!)

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  • 3. Don’t Use Nails Like You Would Household Tools
    3 / 10 3. Don’t Use Nails Like You Would Household Tools

    We’re all guilty of this at some point. From scraping and scratching things off to trying to pry something open with them, we often use our nails like tools and continue to do so because it’s easy. However, doing so can lead to breakage and brittle nails.

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  • 4. Don’t Do Gelish Manicures Too Often
    4 / 10 4. Don’t Do Gelish Manicures Too Often

    We all love a good gelish nail manicure because of how pretty it looks, but they’re often unhealthy for your nails. When applying gelish nail polish, your nails are often exposed to UV light to get them dry. Removing them requires you to soak your nails for a good 15 minutes in an acetone solution. These things can severely dehydrate your nails.

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  • 5. Don’t Peel Your Nail Polish
    5 / 10 5. Don’t Peel Your Nail Polish

    No matter how chipped your nails are, it’s best not to peel them because doing so could actually remove the top layer from your nail bed, leaving it weak and even more brittle.

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  • 6. Don’t Bite Your Nails
    6 / 10 6. Don’t Bite Your Nails

    We’re sure everyone has done this before but did you know biting your nails can alter the way they grow?

    (Also Read: 4 Ways to Care For Nail Cuticles)

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  • 7. Don’t Keep Nail Polish On For Too Long
    7 / 10 7. Don’t Keep Nail Polish On For Too Long

    Three days max is how long you should be keeping nail polish on your nails for. Any longer and your nails will start to yellow and white spots will appear, indication that your nails are dry.

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  • 8. Don’t Use Top Coat As Base Coat
    8 / 10 8. Don’t Use Top Coat As Base Coat

    Never switch the two as they were made for different purposes. Top coat is a sealant that can be used on a bare nail. A base coat however was designed to protect your nals from your nail polish to make it last longer.

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  • 9. Don’t Overuse Cheap Quick-Dry Products
    9 / 10 9. Don’t Overuse Cheap Quick-Dry Products

    While quick-dry products are fine if you use them once in a while, be sure to go for notable brands that you know you can trust. Quick-dry products tend to dry your nails out easily which means you’ll need to moisturise your hands and fingers to replenish the moisture lost.

    (Also Read: 14 Best Hand Creams For Dry Skin)

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  • 10. Don’t Go Too Long Without Resting Your Nails
    10 / 10 10. Don’t Go Too Long Without Resting Your Nails

    We all love a good manicure but sometimes it’s best to let your nails breathe too. Take a break between manicures and when at the salon, avoid getting your cuticles trimmed.

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    A version of this story first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly website.

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