8 Reasons Your Nails are Brittle

Poor nail care can be a deciding factor when they look brittle or dull. Don’t harm your nails through abuse and keep them hydrated.
8 Reasons Your Nails are Brittle

Last update: 11 January, 2018

Nail care has become a key part of regular beauty routines, not just because it improves your appearance, but because it can even be one of the first things people notice when they meet you.

In order to keep your nails healthy, the cosmetics industry has developed a wide variety of treatments and products that will keep them strong and avoid brittle nails when used on a regular basis.

In spite of this, people still struggle to have beautiful and healthy nails because they ignore some bad habits that can negatively affect their condition.

That’s why it’s a good idea to figure out what’s damaging your nails and causing them to be brittle before you start spending money on expensive treatments.

Find out what the top 8 bad habits are.

1. Inappropriate removal of nail polish

Inappropriate removal of nail polish can be a cause of brittle nails
Nail polish allows you to adorn your nails with various designs and colors. However, lots of people are accustomed to removing nail polish by peeling it off.

This might seem harmless, but it actually alters the surface layer that protects your nail’s internal structure, causing breakages to occur.

  • It’s best to use nail polish remover as long as the chemical composition isn’t harmful to the nail.

2. You bite your nails

For obvious reasons, the practice of biting your nails is a major reason for breakage and brittle nails.

While this is a way to channel anxiety and stress for some people, it actually deforms the nail structure and can lead to serious infections.

The deterioration of the natural enamel can hinder the growth of the nail itself.

3. You don’t wear protective gloves

Wear protective gloves
Although it’s easy to overlook this, handling chemical products for cleaning can be detrimental to the health of your nails.

Many of the substances in these products affect your enamel and damage your cuticles.

It’s important to wear protective gloves when performing household chores, especially when you’re handling detergents, bleach, and similar products.

4. You use your nails to do things

Sure, they’re right there on your hands and can make certain tasks easier. However, your nails should never be used as a “tool.”

When you’re picking off labels, opening containers, or other things, you can weaken yournail structure and increase the chance of breakage.

  • Try to use other utensils to perform these tasks. Better yet, wear gloves to protect them.

5. You don’t hydrate your nails

Hydrate your nails
Do your nails look dull and dry? Look out! Dehydration can also make them brittle in no time.

Just like your skin, your nails should be moisturized constantly to grow and reduce any damage they experience in the environment.

  • Apply a moisturizing lotion to the surface and also increase your water consumption.

6. You don’t pay attention to your cuticles

Your cuticles are an essential component of nail health because they protect them against external agents.

In spite of this, some people ignore them when they treat their nails, or remove them using nail clippers and tweezers.

  • Ideally, you should keep your cuticles hydrated and use the correct products to care for them.
  • To eliminate any dead skin cells that build up, use cuticle remover.

We recommend you read: 9 reasons why your nails break

7. Overuse of gel nails

Overuse of gel nails
The excessive use of gel nails can have negative effects on the structure of your real nails.

Although they can make your manicure look great and last long, a lot of important nutrients are lost when they’re removed.

  • It’s essential to use them only with the help of a professional, and use the correct products to remove them to avoid harming your real nails.

8. Filing them incorrectly

Nail files are great for shaping your nails when you use them correctly.

The problem is that some people use them to clean the surface of the nail, which can cause weakening, breakage, and even infection.

On the other hand, those looking for a more squared style may file too close and wind up wearing away important parts of the nail structure.

  • If you don’t know how to file your nails properly, ask for help from a professional manicurist.

Are you having trouble keeping your nails strong and healthy? Odds are you’re committing one or more of the errors we mentioned here.

If so, try to correct them and be more careful when you’re applying any treatment to your nails.

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