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Nails: Ways to strengthen them

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Splitting, breaking, peeling. These are three of the most nail problems that women face. In fact, us women, always aim for a perfect set so we can apply the perfect nail polish with the design we saw over social media. However, our weak nails are always standing in the way. In fact, there are ways you can follow in order to naturally strengthen your nails.

Lessen Water Exposure

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Keeping your hands for a long time in water can make them softer and prone to breaking and peeling. For this reason, put on gloves when you are washing dishes, and try to put them out of water when you are planning to soak for a prolonged period of time on the bathtub.

Carmencitta Magazine - Nails Ways to strengthen them 4Keep yourself hydrated

Apart from being a good thing for your skin, water is too essential to keep your fingernails strong. Drink a lot of water in order to keep your body hydrated and your nails hard. In addition, a healthy diet that contains proteins is a good way to harden them.

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Keep them short

If you are having a problem with weak nails, try to keep them short and cutting them, while you work on making them become stronger. In fact, shorter nails are less prone to breaking because there is less exposure to water and hard surfaces.

Moisturize your cuticles

Instead of spending so much time cutting your cuticles, invest your money on oils and crèmes that are made especially for dry cuticles. In fact, keeping your cuticles dry, can lead to nail peeling and breaking.

Carmencitta Magazine - Nails Ways to strengthen them 5Make a nail soak at home

Coconut oil, argon oil, vitamin E oil, tee tree oil, and castor oil, are a great way to help your nails become stronger. Just put a little amount in a bowl and soak each hand for 10 minutes.

Before a Mani and a Pedi

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You may be one of the women who always like to get an appointment for a manicure and a pedicure. You are always wondering where to book an appointment, and which nail salon is the best in applying nail polish and taking care of you. However, even if the previously mentioned are essentials, but safety should be your main concern. We have gathered for you today some tips and information that you should consider before hitting that nail salon that has always been on your mind.

Check the legal stuff

One of the most important things to consider is if the nail salon is legal and certified. Technicians and machines should be licensed for them to be trustable. In general, salons hang their certificates in places that are visible to clients. This is why, always check the décor and the counter.

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Cleanliness

A clean nail salon means that your nails won’t get eaten by fungus. Moreover, a nail salon with a good reputation would be glad to talk with you about the procedures they take in order to keep the place clean.

A tour

Ask for a tour to see if the salon is neat. Check the solo nail counters, they should be dust-free, well maintained, and all the necessary equipment is available such as cotton swabs. However, if a tour was not made, and your request was answered with a bad look, leave the salon.

Do not shape your nails in advance

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Just like you should not put makeup before going to a beautician for a makeup appointment, you should not either fiddle with your nails in advance. A good nail technician will know what the appropriate shape for your nails is and will ask you if it is okay to apply it.

Reasons why you should stop biting your nails

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Onychophagia, or nail biting, is a bad habit that has reached many people who belong to all age groups. Psychologists have come up with many reasons why people bite their nails. However, the most common reason stress. In fact, many people feel like by biting their nails, they would release all the stress that is trapped inside their bodies.

Studies showed that 30 percent of children, 45 percent of teenagers, 25 percent of young adults, and 5 percent of older adults bite their nails. Many of them do not know the dangerous effects that result from biting their nails.

Bacteria that may cause diseases

Nails are the most loved place by bacteria. In fact, some dangerous infections such as Salmonella and E. coli can be trapped under the tips of your nails. When you bite your nails, those bacteria easily transfer to your mouth, then to the rest of your body. Not to mention all the other infections that get caught in your nails.

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Nail Infection

Almost 90% of nail biters are prone to develop an infection called paronychia, this is a skin infection that develops on the skin that is around your nails. If you keep on biting them this bacteria can develop, leading to swelling, redness, and pus around your nails.

Biting your nails can also affect your teeth

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“A study published this year found that people who chronically bite their nails report significantly higher quality of life impairment than those who do not.

The level of impairment rises with time spent on nail biting, the number of involved fingernails and those who report visible nail abnormalities. Tension when trying to resist nail biting, suffering due to nail biting or nail-eating behavior also negatively influenced quality of life.”

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