How To Prevent Your Nails From Being Brittle

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For most of us, nail care isn't a priority—we normally don't give our nails the same amount of TLC that we do to our skin. Now, take a look at your nails. How are they? If you've noticed that your nails are dry, brittle, and discolored, then there might be a problem. There are tons of reasons behind weak nails. Here are some of them:

  1. You paint your nails *too* much.

    We totes get it—we love making our digits look pretty, too! But when you leave nail polish on for as long as humanly possible (aka even while it's already chipping), the chemicals from the polish will suck out the moisture from your nails. And when you do remove the nail polish after a long time, you will notice that your talons are drier than usual and maybe even have a slight yellow tinge to them.

  2. You remove your nail polish using acetone.

    While effective in quickly removing your nail polish, acetone is made up of harsh chemicals. It can dry out your nails and strip them of their moisture, leaving them more susceptible to chipping and breaking.

  3. Your nails always dry up due to excessive wetting.

    Consistent usage of hand sanitizers or alochol sprays are good for staying clean, but these products can dry out your skin and weaken your nails. Sanitizers usually have high alcohol concentration, so they're really dehydrating. Balance it out by following up with a hand cream after using it.

  4. You constantly bite your nails.

    Ah, yes... aren't we all guilty of this at one point in our lives? Sadly, this is a major culprit behind weak and damaged nails. This nasty havit also opens up a channel for bacteria to enter your body and cause infections. 

  5. You have low iron levels.

    When your body doesn't get enough iron, it may lead to a low count of red blood cells, which can cause stunted nail growth.

Below, we have listed down the tips and tricks you need to try, plus the best services and products to bring your digits back to tip-top shape:

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  1. Use a non-toxic nail polish.

    If you can't keep yourself from having pretty painted nails, use non-toxic nail polish. When shopping for your next lacquer, look for the ones that have three-, five-, or seven-free on the bottle. This means that they are free from any harsh chemicals that may cause more damage to your nails. Try using popular brand Deborah Lippmann—they are famous for their beautiful colors, plus vegan and seven-free formula (no toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, parabens, xylene, or DBP). Their products are also not tested on animals which is a big bonus!

    Deborah Lippmann in When Doves Cry, P925, Rustan's The Beauty Source

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  2. Use a cuticle cream.

    Try the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream from Burt's Bees to moisture and soften your nails and cuticles. It has a special blend of sweet almond oil, cocoa seed butter, vitamin E, and sunflower oil which will restore hydration to dry and brittle nails.



    Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, P693, Sephora

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  3. Take a biotin supplement.

    It's also not a bad idea to introduce a biotin supplement to your everyday regimen. ICYDK, biotin is a B-complex vitamin that promotes cell growth and aids in the metabolism of protein-building amino acids that are ~essential~ for nail growth.



    Watsons Biotin Gummies with Amino Acid and Lecithin for Adults, P400, Watsons

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  4. Swap out your acetone polish remover for a more gentle one.

    If you've had manicures in parlors your whole life, you would know that they use acetone as a nail polish remover. While effective, it strips your nails of its natural oils, leaving them brittle and susceptible to breaking. Try using Ciate's Choc Pot White Chocolate as your new alternative. It gently removes lacquer with its non-drying formula that is acetone-free and enriched with hydrating marula oil.



    Ciate Choc Pot White Chocolate, P395, BeautyMNL

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  5. Use a nail hardener.

    Invest in a nail strengthening solution to prevent them from breaking, tearing, and peeling. You can use it on its own or as a base coat for your regular polish.



    Sally Hansen Maximum Nail Care Strengthener, P425, BeautyMNL

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