Protecting Your Nails from Everyday Damage
trong, healthy nails are the basis of any good manicure. It doesn't matter what brand of nail polish you use or how much you pay for a manicure, your nails will only look at their very best if underneath the polish your nails are in good condition.
Unfortunately, everyday life can get in the way of keeping your nails healthy.
Watch Out For Water and Chemicals
I don't know anyone who gives themselves a manicure just before doing the housework. Mainly because of the danger of chipping your perfect looking nails. But, if anything there is an even greater, long term danger lurking in housework than the odd chip here and there. Over exposure to water and chemicals can damage your nails.
How Fast Nails Soak Up Water
Nails soak up water at an incredible rate. In fact they absorb water at a rate 100 times faster than your skin does. This explains why your nails become noticeably softer after a soak in the bath.
There is not a lot you can do to avoid these chores altogether. Some detergents claim to be kinder to your hands, but they will still contain chemicals that affect the PH balance of your hands and nails.
Soft Nails Peel More Easily
The combination of water and chemicals, including detergents is bad news for nails. The water softens your nails. This makes it easier for the chemicals to affect your nails. If your nails are softer than you would like them to be and peel easily, this is a sign that your nails could use some extra protection.
Rubber Gloves - A Girl's Best Friend
The best way I can think of to protect your hands and nails to water and detergents is to insist that the man in your life does all the washing up and household chores! If this is a non-starter then buying a pair of rubber gloves is a great investment. You may find it worth paying out a little more for cotton lined gloves if you are going to use them a lot.
Watch Out for the Weather
Weather conditions can also have an impact on your nails. As well as being able to soak up water very easily, your nails can dry out quickly too. Both cold, dry weather and hot conditions can cause your nails to dry out. When this happens they lose flexibility. This makes them more brittle and easier to break.
There are a few simple precautions you can take to protect your nails from weather conditions. In winter, wearing gloves can make a difference. This is especially true when there is a biting wind around. In summer make sure that when you moisturise your hands you target your nails with your moisturiser too. If you notice your nails and cuticles are particularly dry it is worth considering a nail and cuticle treatment such as Jessica Phenomen Oil.
At these times making sure you are drinking enough liquids takes of extra importance.
Other everyday tasks can have an effect as well. For example, over washing your hands can cause your nails to dry out. As well as washing moisture out of your nails you can wash away important oils in the nail too. It is a good idea to buy gentle soaps, especially if you wash your hands a lot.
Keeping your nails clean is important. This includes underneath your nails. If you use a brush to clean your nails, make sure the brush is gentle. Avoid scrubbing your nails with the brush as this can damage the surface of your nails and lead to weaknesses developing.