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October 09, 2020
Your nails are actually on display a lot more than you think. Despite this, many of us neglect our nails in favour of elaborate hair and skincare routines. But dry, brittle, peeling nails can really ruin a first impression.
Keeping your nails strong and healthy-looking is easier than you think.
Follow these 4 tips to improve the health and appearance of your nails without even trying that hard.
Using a high grain file can cause micro-tears, leaving edges ragged. Softer files (such as glass files) are much gentler on nails. If the file feels sandy when you run your fingertip over it, it is probably too harsh!
Always file nails in one direction. Back and forth see-saw motions can damage nails quickly.
Your cuticles serve as a protective barrier, so keeping them healthy and hydrated is important. Resist the urge to trim! Accidental slips can cause damage to the cuticle that ends up turning into a nasty hangnail.
Instead, push your cuticles back gently and use a cuticle remover solution. Rub a high-quality cuticle cream on every night (do it as part of your nightly skincare regime!)
Your nail bed expands as it absorbs water, then contracts as the water evaporates. The result? Flimsy nails prone to peeling. Wear gloves while washing dishes, and don’t spend too long soaking in the bath or shower.
Collagen is a major building black for our bodies, including our nails. Collagen contains amino acids, such as arginine, that help carry nutrients to the nail bed. But natural collagen production slows down as early as 30, meaning your nail beds may become nutrient-deprived.
The easiest way to replace your natural collagen is to supplement it. Liquid collagen is the most effective form of collagen.
In fact, in a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, participants saw a 12% increase in nail growth, and a 42% decrease in broken nails after 4 weeks supplementing with collagen.