One of the best ways to help strengthen your nails is to keep them moisturized. There are also a few other things you can do to help strengthen your nails and keep them healthy.
- Throw out all your metal nail files. They can cause the edge of your nails to split and chip. A glass nail file is the best material, but any nail file with a soft grit is enough to smooth the edges and prevent snagging and peeling. Always be sure to file slowly in one direction to prevent breakage.
- Avoid the urge to peel your nail polish if your manicure begins to chip. Peeling the polish can cause a thin layer of the nail to peel up as well. If your manicure is starting to chip, then remove it with a nail polish remover. After, you can apply a base coat, regular polish, and a topcoat to help protect your nails between your manicure appointment.
- Check your other products to see if they could be damaging your nails. Products like shampoos for oily hair are designed to strip away oil—which means they could be stripping your nails’ oils as you massage the shampoo into your hair.
Winter Nail Care Tips You Can Use All Year!
Now’s the time to plan the perfect resolution to step up your nail care routine.
While Florida’s winter may differ from the rest of the county, we still experience cool temperatures that can affect our skin, hair, and nails. As December comes to an end, so will our sporadic warm days—January is usually our coldest month, so it would be wise to prepare your new nail care regime now.
Cold air and a lack of moisture in the air can cause known issues such as our hair and skin to be dry; however, it can also affect our nails, causing them to become brittle and peel or crack easily.
Why or how does this happen? The dry, cold air pulls moisture from your body—down to your fingernails. Luckily, there are things to be done to counter this natural cause of winter dryness. These tips can still be followed during warmer months to maintain your healthy nails.
A New Nail Care Regime For A New Year
To counter the effects of the cool dry air, try these steps to recoup the health of your nails.
- Apply hand lotion three times a day at a minimum. A small amount of lotion after handwashing can also help remoisturizing your hands after washing away any natural oils. A moisturizing hand soap can also help.
- In the evening, use a thick hand cream before going to sleep. Similar to adding a good moisturizer to your face at night, your hands need their own cream to help seal in moisture while you are asleep. For extremely dry hands, you can wear gloves on your moisturized hands to maximize the amount of lotion absorbed at night.
- Your cuticles also need attention. Apply cuticle oil at least once a day; ideally, an application in the morning and a second in the afternoon can help provide the best results.
- Keep your nails well-trimmed and shorter than you may normally to avoid snags and breakage. If you prefer a longer length, ensure your nail edges are smooth to avoid snagging.
Healthy Nails With Brandon Essentials Massage and Spa
Maintaining a good, daily regime can help strengthen your nails and prevent breakage or chipping during the winter months. A routine manicure can also help to strengthen your nails. A manicurist at Brandon Essentials can help to shape and buff your nail to encourage the growth of strong nails while using products that are best for nail care. Contact us to schedule a manicure and help you start a better nail care regime.