In the summer, the heat, outside exposure, and lack of personal care can pose a threat to your nails and toenails. Avoid a case of dry, brittle nails and maintain a healthy glow this summer by following these few simple steps.
1. Take your vitamins: It is important that you give yourself the necessary nutrients to sustain healthy nail growth and prevent chipping or splitting. Biotin, a member of the vitamin B family, is a daily supplement that has been proven to have a significant impact on nail growth and health, preventing nails from breaking and splitting. Biotin can be purchased from your local drug store or grocery store.
2. Be nice to your cuticles: Your cuticles act as a natural barrier to fungus and bacteria, and once it is cut or trimmed, that protection is lost. Cuticles should essentially be left alone because harm to the cuticle or nail bed can lead to permanent nail damage. Rather than cutting or clipping them, moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle using oil or lotion. Adding moisture to this area will help nails grow and will reduce the chances of your nails splitting, cracking, or chipping.
3. Avoid acetone-based polish removers and frequent professional manicures: Although it is nice to treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure at a salon every once in a while, studies have shown that when these visits become the norm, nails tend to suffer in the long run. Those indulging in frequent trips to the nail salon expose their nails to harsher ingredients and chemicals, increasing the chances that their nails will suffer by becoming more dry and brittle or even by developing chronic nail bed infections. For the safest remedy, avoid the harsh ingredients and take your own tools to the manicure at home!