How often do you wash your hands — daily, hourly, or more? Did you know that it’s possible to over wash your hands1? It’s true!
While washing your hands is a great way to help get rid of germs and maintain good hygiene, it’s important to remember that every time you wash your hands you run the risk of stripping away the natural oils that help to keep your fingernails and cuticles hydrated1.
Additionally, when your hands are submerged in water your nail cells become saturated — causing them to swell. However – unless they are coated with an occlusive moisturizer – this water can be quickly lost, leaving your nails drier than they were prior to you washing them2.
How to keep your nail beds from drying out
While there is little in the way of medical data showing that moisturizing your nails will help them grow, doing so can help make your cuticles look better, and may also help protect your nails from cracking due to a lack of moisture3. In addition, moisturizing your nails can also help prevent your nails from splitting and/or becoming weak, brittle, or fragile.
Petroleum jelly, vitamin E, and other moisturizing agents are all hydrating ingredients that can help your nails maintain proper moisture levels4. When searching for the right product(s) to help keep your nails hydrated, looking for products that contain these ingredients can help you narrow your search. Plus, your physician or pharmacist can help you select the right product(s) if you’re unsure which is best for you.
- (February 18, 2015). A Sneaky Downside to Washing Your Hands. Retrieved March 16, 2016 from http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/sneaky-downside-washing-your-hands
- The New York Times. (April 6, 2006). New Ways to Moisturize Those Brittle Nails. Retrieved March 16, 2016 from http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/06/fashion/thursdaystyles/06skin2.html?_r=0
- (December 16, 2006) A Dozen Tips for More Beautiful Nails [Healthy Beauty Blog]. Retrieved March 16, 2016 from http://www.webmd.com/beauty/nails/more-beautiful-nails-a-dozen-tips
- (November 9, 2012). Softer Hands, Stronger Nails. [Healthy Beauty Blog]. Retrieved March 16, 2016 from http://www.webmd.com/beauty/advances-skin-care-9/hands-fingernails
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