Quarantine Nail Care Guide

WEAK NAILS ARE A TOTAL BUZZKILL. BUT AS TEMPTING AS IT IS TO HIDE YOUR THIN AND PEELING NAILS UNDER A PERMANENT GEL MANICURE, THERE ARE PLENTY OF LIFESTYLE TWEAKS THAT, COLLECTIVELY, CAN BRING YOUR NAILS BACK TO THEIR FORMER GLORY.
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1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Moisturize your hands and nails regularly. Frequently moisturizing your nails and the
surrounding skin with a hand cream can prevent further impairment of the integrity of the nails, pull a double-duty by nourishing your nails and protecting them from
future damage by locking in moisture. Don’t have cuticle oil? No worries! Vaseline or olive oil work just as well. Apply Vaseline or olive oil on your nails at night before you sleep with special attention to your nail bed.

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2. Keep them on the shorter side.

If you’re having trouble with weak nails, consider cutting down the length while you build up their strength. Shorter nails are less prone to breaking because there are fewer exposed edges to tear, and less surface area where water and chemicals can be absorbed. Once trimmed, prevent snags by gently rounding the edges with a nail file.

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3. Become a nail filing master.

File your nails in one direction, using long and swift (but gentle) strokes. Go with a soft nail file to keep the edges of your nails smooth. With rougher grains, you run the risk of making tears in the nail, which can lead to peeling and hangnails.

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4. Eat more foods that promote strong nails.

Avoid yo-yo dieting during the lockdown, which can lead to vitamin deficiencies that may put the strength of your nails in jeopardy. Make sure you eat enough protein and calcium too, which promotes nail health. Loading up on biotin-rich foods, such as veggies, eggs, and nuts, may also help.

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5. Stay hydrated.

Drinking enough water is essential for health, and nail health is no exception. Without adequate moisture, nails can become brittle and break or peel easily. Staying hydrated will help your nails retain moisture and stay strong.

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6. Consider popping biotin supplements.

Biotin (also known as Vitamin B7) may help to strengthen hair and nails. Because it’s water-soluble, it isn’t stored by the body, so you have to ensure that you consume it daily. Generally, most adults should be getting 30 micrograms (mcg) of biotin daily, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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7. Add a nail strengthener to your routine.

OTC nail hardeners can do the trick in the short-term, since they increase the strength of the nail and trap moisture in to prevent future brittleness. Consistent and dedicated use of the nail hardeners is key for successful results.

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8. Always apply base and top coats.

Base and top coats are especially helpful when your nails are on the weaker side because they provide your nails with an additional protective barrier from things like dehydration and breakage.

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9. Take breathers between manicures.

Your nails need to breathe. Constant use of polish, even non-toxic polish, can weaken the nail. If you find that your nails have become especially fragile (and they’re painted more often than not), give them a month off from nail polish to allow them to grow and strengthen.