There’s plenty to be said for making sure your nails look their best. After all, we’ve been painting them on our own for years and otherwise looking for ways to use them to highlight our appearance. Recent trends have only just built on this with more elaborate or lasting nail looks that capture people’s imaginations in pictures online. The end result is people experimenting more and more with their nails to try out nail art or a longer lasting polish look. Your nails are a part of your body though and the beds of them are just as alive as any other part of you. All the beauty tricks we’re trying out may look nice, but they have a physical cost to our nails. The treatments we’re so fond of often end up drying out or weakening our nails over time until they incredibly unhealthy. We all need to take a little while away from the various treatments to try to rehabilitate our nails so that they return to the beauty and health we all desire for them.
Your cuticles are the part of your nails that tend to suffer the most from repeated treatments and removals. They are, in fact, living parts of your skin and very susceptible to damage of all sorts. This is especially true when it comes to many of the removals products we apply to our nails to help get rid of a particular look that is chipping or that no longer pleases us. Drying out your cuticles makes them more susceptible to damage and that can, in turn, lead to damage to the nail bed that permanently hurts your nails. Taking good care of your cuticles is both necessary to nail health and relatively easy. The biggest task is literally keeping them properly moisturized. You can do this with a standard hand cream or similar. All you need to do is make sure you pay special attention to your cuticles each time and rub the product in well to ensure absorption. Cuticle oil is another option as well that can give you much the same results. Either way, your cuticles will be healthier.
Take A Break
Rehabilitating weakened nails isn’t that hard if you’re willing to take a break from keeping your nails treated. This is especially true for anyone who favors gel or acrylic nails. The compounds involved are very harsh on the nail below them and constantly getting such treatments done degrades your nails without you ever really seeing them. All that damage is happening below the treatment and gets worse the longer those treatments are on. We recommend leaving them on no longer than two weeks to minimize problems. You should then take a break from polish and other products that might hurt your nails. The goal is to let them grow out some in a healthy, natural way while giving the nails time to recover while you pamper them. Taking the break will help maximize your other efforts so that your nails will hopefully remain strong the next time you’re having some form of polish put on them. Remember that natural nails are pretty too!
Be Mindful In Your Care
Cuticle care may take precedence, but you do need to care for the rest of your nails as well. Healthy, well-shaped nails take all forms of polish better than their counterparts and are better able to handle damage. Taking good care of your nails means making the effort to trim them correctly. Remember that the ends should typically be trimmed cleanly across without fussing with the edges. Trimming the other edges of your nails can deform the nail and lead to them becoming ingrown over time. File the edges to shape them properly without hurting your nail. You can also get a healthy, beautiful look with a good buffer. The polished look is all from your nail and doesn’t require you to apply anything else to it. We do strongly suggest not buffing your nails too much though as this can cause them to thin an unwelcome amount and in turn, add to the frailty. Keeping them buffed properly will make them take polish and other nail treatments even better when you begin them again though.
Rehabilitating frail nails is largely a process of letting the body fix the problem. Stop subjecting them to harsh treatments that damage them and swap to natural nail care for a while instead. Healthy shaping combined with good cuticle care can go a long way towards encouraging your nails to grow back even healthier than before. Just be mindful that your nails will need this kind of break fairly regularly if you intend to keep them as healthy as possible.