We all want beautiful, polished, healthy nails but bad habits, the weather and harsh nail products can cause havoc on them, leaving them brittle, dry and sometimes, even yellow! Ugly looking nails make us feel very self-conscious especially since we can’t hide them. After all, we can’t wear gloves all the time, can we? By taking proper care of our nails we can prevent the damage, but if it has already been done, you need to fix it. Here are 5 common nail problems and their solutions:
1. Yellow nails
Red and dark nail polishes can leave behind an unattractive yellow stain on nails. Applying one or two generous coats of base coat before the nail polish will usually prevent it. Smoking is another main cause of yellow nails and in this case, you should just stop. In any case, whatever the cause, if your nails are already yellow, you can get rid of the stain by applying some lemon juice on your nails. In alternative, you can soak them for a couple of minutes in 3% hydrogen peroxide (you can buy it at the drugstore). If these fixes don’t work, then the yellow stain is likely a symptom of a more serious medical condition and you should see a doctor.
2. Peeling nails
There are several things that can cause nails to peel. Washing hands a lot, using harsh ingredients on them and living in a dry climate, can cause nails to become dry and brittle. To prevent this from happening, often apply a moisturizing lotion on your hands and wear gloves when you are doing the dishes. Keeping nails short usually helps too. If the damage has already been done, gently buff the part where the nail is peeling.
3. Nails that split easily
This problem can be caused by nail biting, bad manicures or artificial nails. The best thing to do is to stop those habits immediately and your nails should go back to its normal, healthy state. However, sometimes, that just doesn’t happen and if after a year you don’t see an improvement, then the nail plate is permanently damage and unfortunately there’s nothing you can do about it. Keeping nails short, using a moisturizer and minimizing the use of products containing harsh ingredients will maintain them in good condition and prevent the problem.
If the base of your nails gets continually damaged, your nails won’t grow properly. The main causes of this are frequent manicures, artificial nails and pushing cuticles back too far. Again, the best option is to keep nails in good condition by moisturizing them and keeping them short. In addition, don’t over-cut your cuticles. A gentle buffing action can also help but don’t do it too often or you may make matters worse. Sometimes, though, ridges are genetic and just the way your nails grow.
5. Dry cuticles
If the weather, harsh products or neglecting to take proper care of your hands, have left your cuticles dry, there’s only one thing to do: apply a rich, emollient moisturizer on them. Using a hand cream regularly will keep them always moisturized and prevent this annoying problem.
Do you know any fixes for any other common nail problems? Share them in the comments!
Source: The Style PA
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