9 Reasons Why Your Nails Break

· January 20, 2017
If your nails break frequently, you should protect them well when using cleaning products, avoid biting them, and keep them moist with a hydrating lotion.

Lately, nails have evolved into a very important part of feminine beauty.  They are considered a calling card of how a woman presents herself to others.

Style and trends have lent a lot of importance to nails.  Today they are considered fundamental to highlight any style.

A high percentage of the structure of nails is composed of a type of protein called keratin.  In combination with vitamins and minerals, it is essential to maintain nails strong and healthy.

Many products are designed to keep nails in perfect condition. However, sometimes there are situations that make your nails break without you realizing it.

The problem is that many people are unaware, and unconsciously, end up destroying them in spite of caring for them.

Because of that, we want to dedicate this space to those 9 things that make your nails break. 

1. Biting makes your nails break

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The habit of nail biting, medically speaking onychophagy, is addictive in children as well as in adults, and makes your nails break or become weak.

It does seem to be a way of releasing anxiety and stress, and over time, it can deform the nails and cause serious infections.  

People continually mistreat nails. Because of this, their structure deteriorates and they are susceptible to breaking.

2. Chipping off nail polish

Nail polish allows us to highlight the nails with different styles, designs and colors.  However, there are individuals who have the bad habit of chipping it off after awhile.

This habit, even though it seems harmless, is damaging to the nails because it affects the outer coating that protects them.

It’s best to use products to correctly remove the polish, being sure that they contain suitable chemicals for the nails.

3. Neglecting the cuticles

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The cuticles tend to be the most forgotten area when caring for nails.

Some people cut them with nail clippers and in fact, some people pull them with their teeth in the same way that they bite their nails.

What most people don’t realize is that cuticles are a fundamental part of nail health.  Their neglect causes a progressive weakening and can even make nails break.

To avoid these issues you should use a cuticle remover when you peel off the dead skin that accumulates around your nails.

4. Filing the surface of the nails

The habit of filing the surface of the nails is not recommended. Besides making nails break, it can also cause proliferation of some bacterias and fungi. 

5. Filing the sides

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Some people, wanting to file the nails in a square style, exaggerate when it comes to filing the sides of the nails and end up eliminating an important area.

Even though at first it doesn’t seem noticeable, taking away this part is conducive to a rapid weakening and cracking of the nail.

6. Abusing the nails with gel

Women who have trouble controlling their anxiety by biting their nails tend to coat their nails with gel in order to maintain a perfect manicure.

The problem is, even though they look quite nice,  during the gel removal the nails lose important nutrients. The structure of the nail is then greatly compromised.  

It is essential to use a professional for removal so as not to affect the natural nail.

7. Not protecting them

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Did you know that chemicals in home cleaning products are extremely harmful?  We have ignored this for some time. These substances are one of the principal causes of cracking and breaking of the nails.

Not using gloves when doing housework and handling these types of products directly affect the quality of the nails.

8. Using fingernails as tools

Be careful! Nails are not tools, even though they are useful in some circumstances.

Using nails to remove stickers, scrape something or open containers can weaken them, including breaking them instantly.

Use the correct instruments to do these jobs instead of the nails, which need to be protected and not compromised.

9. Forgetting to moisturize

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As with other parts of your body, they need to be moisturized continually, to keep fingernails strong, healthy and long.

As well as increasing your water intake, purchase a hydrating cream designed for the nails and cuticles.

Do you make some of these mistakes?  If you can identify with these errors then it’s time to start taking measures to take better care of your nails.