9. Leaving Them Unfiled
Filing your nails not only gives them a pleasing shape but also helps prevent them from splitting or tearing. Nail It! recommends using a soft nail file and holding the file flat against the nail tip. Never saw back and forth at your nails. Rather, guide the emery board or file along the nail in one direction to prevent fraying. First, file across the top of the nail. Next, file each side of the nail. Lastly, gently round the corners to create the desired shape.
8. Picking at Your Cuticles
Keep your cuticles healthy by refraining from picking at, cutting, or trimming them. Your cuticles are the thin, clear, layer, of skin cells along the bottom of your fingernail. They protect your fingernails as they grow. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, cutting your cuticles may allow bacteria to grow and cause an infection that is difficult to treat. If your cuticles bother you, you can gently push them back with an orange stick. Keep your cuticles well moisturized and allow them to protect your nail bed.
7. Frequently Applying Gels or Acrylics
A manicure using gels or acrylics can leave you with gorgeous-looking nails. However, they are highly damaging to your nails. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, these nail treatments are damaging both when prepping your natural nails and when removing the artificial nails. Excessive buffing before applying the nails can thin and weaken your natural nails. Then, harsh treatments that involve acetone or filing to remove the artificial nails create additional trauma to your natural nails. To keep your own nails healthy and strong, reserve the use of gels or artificial nails for special occasions.