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.
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