Our cuticles play a very important role on our fingers. They protect that tender part where your nail attaches to your finger. Cuticles can be damaged if you work a lot with your hands, wash them often, or you have dry skin.
The name cause of brittle nails is the repeated action of wetting and drying of your fingernails, this makes them to become dry and brittle.
The mistake most people make when they notice their cuticles are damaged is to pull, tear, clip cuticles. Below are some tips on how to properly care for damaged cuticles:
- Cultivate the habit of moisturizing your cuticles regularly, your cuticles should always remain hydrated. Do this at least once in a day.
- Cutting your cuticles should be a big NO. You need them as they play an important role. They're protecting your nails, especially the roots, and keeping them safe from bacteria. Cutting them means your nails have no protection. It's better to simply push them back
- Learn the proper push back method for cuticles, you should gently glide a cuticle tool or your thumb nail along the base of your nail where it meets the skin, then gently scrape away any dry skin that is left unattached on your nail.
- Dry cuticles have to be handled with care, when your cuticles are dry, you should never push them back. Wait until after you've moisturized, or just soak them before doing so as this can leave you in pain.
- It's better if you keep metal away from your cuticles. Sometimes you will have to use a cuticle trimmer, generally just to get rid of a ragged edge or a hangnail. However, avoid metal cuticle tools to push them back. Wood is better, but plastic or rubber is okay too.
- Getting rid of hangnails is an essential tip for caring for your cuticles. However, you have to be incredibly careful. If you cut too deeply, you can hurt yourself and invite an infection. Make sure your cuticle trimmer is sharp, but that's all the more reason to be careful. If you make a slip, be sure to apply antibacterial ointment right away.
- When you're buying nail care products, you have to choose wisely. Make sure that any cuticle oils are more natural, without chemicals to dry out your skin. Choose soaps high in moisturizer, but make sure any lotions or creams you use don't have a lot of oil.
Implement the tips below to avoid your nails from being brittle:
- Limit the damage by trimming back your nails. Make them short and round the sides with a file. Nails don't grow very fast; no more than 12 inches (3 millimeters) each month so don't risk snagging them. The re-growth period for an entire nail can last three to six months.
- Dry nails lead to cracked nail, apply a little moisturizer to your cuticles and nail each night to keep them supple but strong. A good moisturizer includes protein like keratin and collagen.
- Cleaning products or even some dishwashing liquids can make your nails dry and brittle. You can't leave your home and dishes dirty, but you can experiment with less harsh products and limit your exposure.
- If you're often exposed to chemicals or if your hands are regularly wet, a pair of plastic or latex gloves can be a big help.
- Using nail polish remover more than every two weeks can cause brittle nails. If you can't cut back on the nail polish remover, then buy those that don't contain acetone.
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