Don’t you just hate it when you break a nail? What a disaster! If a nail breaks by accident, it’s okay. Accidents happen. However, if your nails are constantly breaking, splitting, peeling or chipping, then you have a problem.
Nail breakage isn’t only frustrating; it can be downright painful. Not to mention the fact that one broken nail requires you to file the rest of the nine down to their death in order to match the height of the lowest common denominator. How rude! Because when you’ve got a handful (literally) of strong, long fingernails, you can’t very well have one lone, low ranger peeking out among the bunch.
Fragile nails are very thin and wear out no matter what we do, whether it is washing dishes, typing on the computer, or do nothing all weekend. The causes of brittle nails don’t have so much to do with the activities you do but rather:
Diet: if you don’t consume enough of vitamins A and B, as well as too little iron, protein, zinc, and calcium, your nails will look very unflattering and yellowish.
Calcium deficiency: this is produced by not taking in the necessary amount of calcium or having some problem that doesn’t allow your body to retain it.
Illnesses: some of the most related kinds to fragile nails are anemia, hypo- or hyperthyroidism, poor circulation, and rheumatism.
You must take care of your nails diligently and with great patience — strong, beautiful nails do not happen overnight. By following the simple tips outlined below, you can have the nails that you have always dreamed of.
There are some “enemies” of your nails that you may not always be aware of and can be responsible for them breaking or not looking very healthy. They are:
- genetic predisposition
- excessive cold or heat
- biting your nails (Onychophagia)
- UV radiation
- dermatitis (like psoriasis)
- Mycosis (candida albicans is the fungus that attacks your nails and can also cause reddening of the skin and nails to fall off)
excessive manicures (fake nails, air-brushing, heavy filing, etc.).
Recommendations for Preventing Fragile Nails
Keep Your Hands and Nails Clean
To have beautiful hands, you have to have beautiful nails. To have beautiful hands and nails, you have to keep them clean. Wash your hands with gentle hand soap and use a nail brush to scrub your nails thoroughly on top, along the folds, and under them where dirt usually hides.
Wear Rubber Gloves When Washing Dishes
Not only is this common chore tough on your hands, it is also very damaging to your nails. Excessive dish washing is one of the most common reasons that nails become dry and brittle.
If you have a dishwasher, use it. If you have to wash the dishes by hand, protect your nails by wearing rubber gloves.
Keep Your Nails Hydrated
Water, harsh soap, and other cleaning products dry out our nails. In addition, our nails get drier as we age. To make up for the loss of water, we need to moisturize our nails regularly to prevent breaking, splitting, and chipping.
To keep your nails hydrated, moisturize your hands and nails after every wash. You can also rub a small amount of petroleum jelly on your nails after bathing or showering, and every time you wash your hands. Shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, castor oil, and olive oil are also great for keeping your nails hydrated.
Be careful of using manufactured nail moisturizers since these products may contain alpha-hydroxy acids, lactic acid, and urea, substances that can cause stinging and contact dermatitis in some people.
Eat More Protein
Nails and hair are both formed from protein. If there is a deficit, then it’s because you need to eat more of this nutrient that is found, for example, in meat, leafy vegetables, and soy.
Repair Them Immediately
If your nails tend to break, the best thing to do is to cut them as close to your finger as possible. Also, repair them the moment they break so that they don’t keep breaking. You can file them or put a bandaid on them. If you want to “save it”, some women choose to put a drop of glue with a small piece of paper from a teabag. On top of that, put on a layer of glaze.
Don’t Put Them Underwater For a Long Time
Once a week, you can give them an immersion bath but it’s also not about putting your nails underwater everyday for an hour. Be careful when you go on vacation or in summer when you go in the pool everyday.