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Simple Ways to Make Your Nails Look Better and Healthier 2011-06-14 06:00:50

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Nails' Condition

Nail polish and shaping can be a double-edged sword. On one side, pretty polish and sexy shaping make for beautiful nails. But on the other, frequent polishing, removing, and filing can tear up your nails. Now that the new season's here, it's time to give your nails a fresh start. See five straightforward ways to get them back in shape without much heartache (or money) when you keep reading.

  • Switch to acetone-free polish remover. Yes, acetone makes removing polish superlatively easy, but it also strips your nails, removing protective oils, and leaving them dry and brittle. Removing polish less often in general is also a good idea.
  • Keep your nails trimmed. Long nails are elegant, but they also break more easily. So sacrificing a little bit of length, especially when your nails are already weak, can save you lots of chips and cracks.
  • Keep your nails out of the water. Soaking for long periods of time in hot water is just as bad for your nails as it is for your skin. Both get dried out and become more vulnerable to cracking.
  • Take a biotin supplement. This can be especially helpful if you're on a restricted diet that cuts out egg yolks, yeast, or wheat, since that's where most of us get our natural biotin.
  • Get rid of stains and whiten nails with lemon juice. Either use a cotton ball to rub juice on top of your nails, or halve a lemon and stick your nails directly into it for a couple of minutes.
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Patrick15118447 Patrick15118447 3 years
Like a great new haircut or a terrific skin care regimen, healthy, well-manicured nails are an integral part of a neat, pulled-together appearance - one that can work as an asset in both the social and the business world. Unfortunately, experts say both men and women fall prey to myths and old wives' tales about how to care for nails. Another pitfall: many of us rely on the guidance of salons, some of which may not be doling out the best advice. Some helpful tips are as follows : Don't cut or manipulate cuticles, Use nail hardeners sparingly -- or not at all, Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle. Get some more tips at :
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Are they cracked, peeling, or doing something else entirely? I massage a thick cream on mine when they start acting up, and otherwise, oil can do wonders. Solar Oil is used in nail salons, but honestly, you can use olive oil in a pinch.
sillyone06 sillyone06 5 years
What about cuticles? I'm at loss for what to use for mine. My poor cuticles look like crap. :(
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