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Common Nail Care Misconceptions

     Nail care is a rather simple and do not require a lot of expertise to do. Unfortunately, some people, especially women really want to have beautiful nails. This leads them to trying out different practices that may not even have any basis as long as they believe that it will help in making their nails more beautiful.

One of the more common myths when it comes to the use of nail polish in nails is that polishes that contain hardeners will help you have stronger nails. This is not usually the case as using hardeners will only increase the stiffness of your nails. When this happens, it becomes more prone to breaking, even after just a small amount of stress is applied to it.

The best way to keep nails strong is by moisturizing them, especially after using nail polish removers. This makes sure that your nails stay hydrated. Hydrated nails are much more resistant to damage than stiff or dry ones. This is why it is always a good idea to use hand lotion whenever your nails become exposed to drying agents such as soap.

Cuticles are also one part of the nails which are often removed or pushed back. A lot of people believe that this will help their nails grow better. Contrary to this, cuticles help protect your nail bed, thus removing this will expose you to risks such as infection. In addition to this, instead of helping your nails grow better, it will actually do the opposite.

For people who have ugly and broken nails, they may think that the use of artificial nails is a good idea while they are waiting for their nails to grow back. But the use of artificial nails can contribute to making nails look worse especially for those who have an infection. Bacteria and fungi can get trapped underneath the artificial nails, making them harder to get rid of. The chemicals used in attaching these nails also contribute to the weakening of your nails.

You should always remember that even though nails are constantly growing, they grow at a very slow pace. This means that having broken and ugly nails are not very easy to fix. You will have to wait several months for a broken nail to regenerate before it will go back to its normal state.

Going to nail salons to have nails done is also a relaxing pastime for most women. One thing that you should consider when going to such establishments is their policy on cleanliness. Nail salons should practice proper hygiene and cleanliness so as to avoid transfer of infections from one customer to another. Salons that use gels and creams on their customers are a safe choice as this greatly reduces the risk of getting an infection due to indirect transmission.

Before doing anything to your nails, be sure to research and find out if the basis for these practices is scientifically justified. Old practices that do not have any beneficial effects to your nails should be discarded. If you are not sure with what you are doing to your nails, be sure to consult a doctor first so that you won't do anything that you might regret in the future.

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Learn more about nail care. Visit Jen Hopkins's site,, where you can find out all about finger nail care and what it can do for you.

Posted on 2010-08-23, By: *

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