3. Not Protecting Them Against the Elements
Wind, rain, snow, and cold can be damaging to your skin and your nails. When heading out into the elements, be sure to pull on a pair of gloves. The UV rays from the sun are also damaging to your skin and nails. Apply a moisturizing hand cream with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your hands from the dangerous rays of the sun. Be sure to rub the sunscreen into your nails and cuticles when applying it to your hands.
2. Allowing Nails to be Dirty
When washing your hands, don’t neglect the area beneath your fingernails. Even if your nails look clean, they may be harboring germs. A sturdy nail brush can help you gently scrub away dirt and bacteria that can lurk beneath your nails. The Minnesota Department of Health advises first wetting your hands and nail brush before lathering the brush with soap and scrubbing your nails. Next, rinse your hands before soaping and lathering them once again. Finally, rinse your hands and dry them with a soft towel.
1. Eating Poorly
Your nails, just like the rest of your body, rely on proper nutrition to retain health and strength. A diet consisting of lean proteins, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and fiber will keep your nails strong and attractive. Some studies suggest that foods rich in biotin are particularly helpful for maintaining healthy nails. Foods that contain biotin include liver, egg yolks, dairy products, fish, and nuts. These foods also contain protein, which is essential for building strong tissues and can help improve nail health.