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Strengthening Your Nails: What DOES Work

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. Here are five ways you can help your weak nails and ensure strong healthy nail growth in the future.

1. Avoid Overexposure to Water
Constantly submerging your nails in water can, paradoxically, dry out your nails. If you spend a lot of time with your hands in water, make sure you protect your hands with gloves wherever possible, and take time to apply a rich hand cream once or twice a day, rubbing it well in to the nails and cuticles. Nail-Aid's Cuticle Cure is made specially for this purpose.

2. Donít Use Your Nails as Tools
If you must peel off a sticker, unscrew a screw, or remove a splinter, use a tool, not your nails. Repeated exposure to stress can cause the nails to split, tear or peel.

3. File Your Nails, Donít Saw Them
Rubbing your nails back and forth with a buffer or an emery board causes damage to the nails. When youíre shaping, only drag the emery board in one direction and donít use too much pressure. Also, avoid using the grinding side of a buffer more than once a month, as this can wear down the surface of nails until theyíre very thin (you can use the smooth polishing side as much as you like).

4. Donít Nibble!
Yes, we know: old habits die hard. But biting your nails really does affect their strength over the long term. Youíre not only chomping the nails off with your teeth, youíre also exposing the nails to the water in your saliva over and over again, which, as noted above, really dries out the nails. Find a way to break the habit, and while youíre weaning yourself, use a hand cream daily.

5. Strength From a Bottle
As a supplement to good nail care (leaving them unbitten, gentle shaping, regular moisturizing), you should use quality non-toxic nail treatment formulas to grow, harden, repair, and protect your natural nails. Choose formulas like those from Nail-Aid that are made without toxic and irritating formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. :jester:





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