10 Tips for Strong and Healthy Nails | Reader's Digest

10 Tips for Strong and Healthy Nails

Follow these tips on how to make your nails stronger and healthier, on your hands and your toes.

from Stealth Health

Polish your own nails to improve their strength and give your wallet a break. Even just a clear coat can protect your nails from harm, says Mariana Diaconescu, manicurist at Pierre Michel Salon in New York City. If you prefer color, she suggests using a base coat, two thin coats of color, and a top coat. Pampering yourself with a trip to the salon is okay every so often, but a study by Mt.Sinai found that people who regularly got professional manicures were more likely to suffer from dry, brittle nails, possibly because of chemicals in the nail care products.

Next: Use acetone-free nail polish remover 

Avoid polish removers with acetone or formaldehyde. They’re terribly drying to nails, says Andrea Lynn Cambio, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. They can also strip nails, making them brittle and susceptible to tearing and breaking. Use acetate-based removers instead.

Next: Never get fake nails