Things You Shouldn't Do (If You Care About Your Nails)
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Of course, you care about nails and
most likely you do a lot to keep them healthy
and good looking but it is not an exception that people
unintentionally damage their nails by doing things that are not good
for them. Sometimes it is just of pure ignorance, sometimes it is
just due to negligence. And the worst is when you go to a
“professional” manicurist and the results of your visit
are far from astonishing. The following list of activities is not
exhaustive but even it is long enough to give you an idea about the
traps to avoid.
Diets and malnutrition.
might not be the most severe way to damage one's nails but probably
is one of the most frequent ones. As already mentioned in the other
articles, nails are a mirror of the health status of the body and of
the nutrition disbalance inside it. Lack of vitamins (B, C, D, etc.)
and minerals (zinc, iron, etc.) shows on the surface of the nails.
Yes, very often you can hide the trails under the polish but when
your nails become brittle, for example, then no polish can help.
Frequent use of nail polish and
People are different in their reaction
towards nail polish and nail removers. Some ladies can apply nail
polish and removers for decades and still have strong and healthy
nails, while others begin to suffer from stains and brittle nails if
they use nail polish more than once a month. There is no doubt that
cheap nail polishes with unidentifiable chemical composition are a
real danger to one's nails but even with expensive, designer brands
some people continue to experience negative effects. Acrylic nail
polish removers are especially harmful and generally health experts
recommend to use them at most once a week.
Nails are not an opener or
another household/office tool.
Even though nails look tough
enough, they are too fragile to be used as an opener (using your
teeth instead is also a bad idea). Paper clips might not be that
hard but sure they are hard enough to cause damage to your nails.
Pinching things with your nails to pick them also sounds crazy but a
lot of people do it, instead of grabbing the thing with their
fingers. As you see, there is no shortage of mechanical ways to
damage your nails.
can't damage your nails enough by nail polish or in a mechanical
way, nail biting is just for you.
Well, the only positive aspect of nail biting as far as nail care is
concerned is that nails grow faster because of the trauma you
inflict them but certainly this is hardly a comfort.
Fungi and infections.
are numerous diseases that can damage your nails. Sometimes nails
are damaged by a general
disease but most often a local infection, fungi or another nail
disease are the reason for their poor looks. Nails are
relatively difficult to infect under normal circumstances but
sharing towels (or shoes, slippers, socks and other items that can
in contact with the toe nail), or using not sterile instruments for
manicure or pedicure pose a risk for transmitting an infection or
towels and instruments, cutting the cuticles is another way to open
the door to infections. Even a minor cut alongside your nail is
enough for bacteria and fungi to sneak it and stay there for a long
time. Probably because of the possible health implications, cutting
the cuticles is illegal in some states.
it is unlikely that anybody sane will use toxic substances knowingly
and willingly, it does happen that many people use them – most
often without being unaware of this. Toxic substances of all origins
leave trails on the nails. But it is really sad to see somebody who
has damaged his or her nails in the course of beautifying them.
There were times (still not over for sure), when beauty saloons used
toxic substances like methyl methacrylate (MMA) for liquid monomers
in artificial nails. The long-term result of these fake nails was
really unpleasant for the eye.
Besides toxic substances that
come together with nail cosmetics and procedures, different poisons
in the food, air and the body itself also leave a mark on the nails.
Some therapeutic procedures (like those involved in cancer
treatment) have a really devastating effect on the nails but when
one's life is at stake, the look of his or her nails is of minor
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