You’ll know if you have weak nails because they will be soft. They will split and peel. And when they break – they tear and leave a nice jagged edge.
If this sounds like the type of nail problem you have you can go about doing something to help them. If this doesn’t sound like your nails – then perhaps your nails are brittle.
Before you head out and purchase a fix in a bottle – figure out if you naturally have weak nails.
Think about whether they have always been this way. Look at your toenails. Are they the same as your fingernails? If the answer is yes, have a talk to your doctor and get their advice. They may be able to determine if there is something lacking in your diet and what supplements can help.
If your toenails are fine – then it’s likely that there is something causing the problem with your fingernails. One of the main contributors to nails of this type is soaking them in water.
This usually happens when you do the dishes without gloves or have that nice long soak in the bath. The water soaks into your nail, expanding it. Then when it dries out your nail contracts. The constant expanding and contracting eventually weakens your nails. And before you know it they are peeling.
If you think this could be the reason – you can start taking steps to fix it. Avoid anything that will mean your nails sit in water for periods of time. Remember it will take a while for you to see any difference in your nails. Any damage that is already there will not magically disappear overnight. Instead you will need to wait until your entire existing nail has gone.
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Tips To Help Your Nails
If you find your nails break often – try keeping them short. They are less likely to bend and tear when they are not long.
Avoid opening cans of soda with them – or anything else that mean you are using them like a tool. Don’t tempt fate.
Always file them in one direction. Dragging the nail file backwards and forwards weakens your nails. In time they will split – a bit like the split end you get in your hair.
Only file the tip of your nails – and the corners. Filing the sides of your nail – that’s right you guessed it – weakens them.
Look for nail strengthener and hardener products. These are usually designed for weak nails. (Double check by reading the label). Some only work while you are wearing the product. Others will help make them stronger over time.
Skip the ‘soak you nails’ part when you do a manicure. Water is not a friend to your nails in this case.
Wear gloves when you are doing the dishes. Avoiding the combination of hot water and soaking in it will help both your nails and the skin on your hands.