I remember when I was in elementary school I used to have the most beautiful, strong fingernails. I mean, they were perfectly curved (naturally), and boy did I get lots of compliments.
I sometimes wonder how they remained so long when I was constantly playing basketball and volleyball. I must have been doing something right, but what?
As an adult, my nails don’t seem to be as strong. I chalk this up to constantly tap, tap, tapping away on my laptop regularly, but the truth is, I’m probably doing a few other things wrong as well.
On the lookout for how to make fingernails stronger, I discovered a few simple do’s and don’ts.
Don’t Cut Your Cuticles
I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘cuticle care’ before. Cuticles, that outer layer of skin around your nails, are often hacked apart during our home manicures.
Somewhere in the past we have been led to believe that trimming our cuticles is a good thing. Turns out, it is not. Trimming your cuticles can actually cause bacteria to build up and cause fungal infections.
Instead of cutting the cuticle, just push it back. It’s easier to do this when your fingernails are lubed up, so rub some oil on them first.
Don’t Use Them As Tools
Your fingernails are not an alternative to scissors. Yes, they may come in handy when you’re ripping open an overly taped package, but you are actually doing serious damage.
By using your fingers as tools, you risk pushing them back. This will cause a stress line which weakens your nails and makes them prone to breakage.
Think twice before tearing that package open!
Don’t Peel Off Old Nail Polish
Look, I ain’t no fan of a chipped mani, but I sure as sin don’t pick off my old nail polish. This is a surefire way to destroy your nails.
Picking at your nail polish aggravates the nail bed and ultimately leads to damage. Take the time to grab some polish remover and do it the proper way. You won’t regret it.
Eat Healthy Foods
Eating a well balanced diet can make a world of difference to your fingernails. Since your fingernails are part of your skin, eating healthy foods helps your body function properly.
The right foods help nourish your body and ultimately your nails. Try adding more lean meat, and protein heavy vegetables like spinach.
Moisturize Your Hands and Nails
One of the easiest ways for how to make fingernails stronger is by moisturizing both your nails and hands.
Many people fail to moisturize because they don’t feel like they have dry skin. This doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear though.
Use cuticle oil and hand lotion following anytime you wash your hands. Hand soap and antibacterial sanitizer can severely dry out your skin, so cream it up!
Be Mindful of Chemicals in Nail Products
Remember when I said don’t pick off your nail polish and use remover instead? Well, there’s a little more to it than that.
Certain nail polish removers contain toxic ingredients that do more harm than good. To err on the side of caution, choose a remover that is free from ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene or dibutyl phthalates.
So there you have it. Six secrets of long healthy nails. Now I want to hear from you. Tell me; what are your strong nail secrets? Share below in the comment section!