Are your nails weak and easily broken? Do you feel like your cuticles are constantly splitting? If you struggle with either of these symptoms, it may be time to change some of your daily habits.

Changing a few of your everyday habits can make a huge difference when it comes to the strength and health of your nails!1

5 Bad Habits That Can Harm Your Nails

 

  1. Nail Biting1 – Nail biting is a relatively common habit that affects people of all ages.1 Biting and chewing can ruin your nails, making them short and stubby. It not only reduces the fingernail strength, it also passes harmful bacteria that could lead to a nail infection.
  2. Picking Off Your Nail Polish1 – Although we don’t recommend regular manicures (especially the gel kind), we understand that having professionally manicured nails is a must from time-to-time. When it comes time to remove that old polish, don’t pick away at it with your other nails or any other tool.1 Instead, use nail polish remover with a soft cloth, Q-Tip or cotton ball, or simply let the polish grow out on its own.1 Picking at your nail polish can lead to thinning and weakening of your fingernails.
  3. Pulling At Your Cuticles1 – We’re all guilty of the occasional picking, cutting or chewing of our cuticles. This awful habit leaves our cuticles looking ragged and dry. Once you start the cycle of picking at your cuticles, it’s difficult to stop, as you will be tempted to pick at any dead skin that appears.Rather than picking at your cuticles, we recommend that you use a cuticle remover to safely remove dead skin without damaging the healthy cuticle.
  4. An Improper Diet1 – Your nails reflect your health. The better your diet, the better your nails, skin and hair will be. The same way junk food attacks your body, poor eating habits attack your nails, weakening them in the process.1 Eating a balanced diet can do wonders for your fingernails, so make a commitment to eat healthier. Your nails will thank you!
  5. Using Your Nails As A Tool1 – When is the last time you used your nails to peel off a label, pick something off your desk, or to unfasten a key ring? Although it’s tempting to use our fingernails as tools, it’s important that we refrain from doing so on a regular basis. Using your nails as a tool causes unnecessary wear and tear, and may cause them to split, break, grow in unevenly, or bend. Over time, this can lead to more serious nail issues.

 


 

1- Today.com – 10 Awful Habits are Destroying Your Nails