Sometimes, the well meaning things that you do when caring for your nails may not be the best idea. There are a lot small mistakes that people make when caring for their nails. Knowing what practices to avoid will help make your nails look better and healthier. Here are some top nail care mistakes to avoid.
1. Filing nails in both directions.
If you have nails that are brittle and tend to snag, if they are prone to breaking, it could be because you have been using a nail file back and forth against your nails. Doing this can cause your nails to begin to fray. The best way to file your nails is to start at the corner and file to the center in one direction.
2. Cutting your cuticles
If you’re anything like me, you may have been brought up to think that a cuticle cutter was meant to peel away the entire cuticle along your nail, however this is not good. Cuticles are there to protect your nail beds from bad bacteria that can cause infection. Removing them removes this protection. The best way to care for your cuticles is to push them back after having a warm shower (this way they are nice and soft) and only use a cuticle trimmer to remove dangling skin.
3. Leaving Nail Polish on for way too long
If you’re having a great week with your nail polish, you may feel like this means you can leave it on forever because it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. However, leaving nail polish on for way too long can lead to nail discoloration and it can also cause your nails to become dry and dehydrated. When using regular nail polish, be sure to remove it at least every week and then give your nails some breathing time before applying some more.
4. Skipping base coats
Many people may see this step as unnecessary when painting their nails, however applying a base coat is actually a really good idea. A base coat will ensure that your polish will go on evenly and it also protects you nails from the polish, preventing discoloration from dark colors especially.
Buffing is a good way to keep the nails smooth and promote blood circulation, however buffing too much and too hard can leave you with thin nail beds. Just like when filing, make sure you buff your nails in one direction.
6. Filing nails with a metal nail file
Metal nail files can be really harsh and damaging on the nails. Your best bet is to go with some emory boards.
7. Blowing on nail polish
Be patient when painting your nails. Waiting for them can to dry can be a long process if you’re not using a gel polish, but blowing on the nails causes bubbles which will eventually lead to your manicure chipping away quickly and easier.
8. Not keeping cuticles moist
Because we wash our hands so much each day, it’s important to keep your cuticles moisturized on a daily basis. Having dry cuticles can lead to hangnails and flaky cuticles. Using oils on your nails each night is a great way to make sure your cuticles stay moisturized and healthy.
9. Using nail polish remover with acetone.
Acetone is damaging because it strips the nails of oils and enamels and dries them out. Many nail polish removers come acetone-free, so it should be really simple to make the switch to something less damaging.
10. Applying too much polish all at once
A quick way to ruin your manicure is to rush through it by applying a ton of polish on the nail at one time. This will lead to bubbly, runny nail polish that looks sloppy and dries unevenly. The best way to apply nail polish is with two thin coats. Apply a third if you’re not satisfied with the coverage.