1. Avoid acetone-based nail polish removers as these can strip the natural oils from nails, causing them to become weak and brittle. Look for acetone-free nail polish removers or even better, opt for a natural formula such as Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover.
2. Massage a natural oil such as coconut oil or olive oil into nails (including the nail bed) regularly to strengthen nails and soften cuticles.
3. Too much exposure to water can cause nails to weaken, so make sure you wear rubber gloves when cleaning or washing the dishes.
4. Avoid wearing acrylic nails, as they weaken the nail bed and leave your nails in worse condition than before. If you get your nails in naturally beautiful shape, you won’t need acrylic nails anyway!
5. File nails regularly to keep them in shape and stop them snagging. Try keeping a nail file by the sofa or at your office desk as a visual reminder.
6. File nails in one direction only; a sawing action will weaken the nail and can lead to breakage.
7. A diet full of fresh foods and lots of water will aid the natural health of nails, helping them to become stronger, smoother and less prone to breakage. In particular, essential fatty acids promote nail strength and growth; try taking Udo’s Choice Ultimate Blend Oil daily and see the difference in your nails (as well as your skin and hair) within 6 weeks.
Article by Jenni Retourné from Style with Substance.