Pretty nails comes at a price — gel and acrylic treatments cause brittleness, peeling, cracking, and overall, nails to weaken. Aside from taking breaks from your mani-pedis, there are actually several other ways you can take care of your nails. Here’s a nail care guide to achieve healthy nails.

Stop peeling your gel polish

This is the biggest one on our nail care guide list. Peeling off your gel nail polish may be oddly satisfying to do but a thin layer of your nail will go along with it. So essentially, you’re actually peeling off the top layer of your nails and that’s not good. It weakens your nail. Any polish that goes on top of it will also chip faster.

Stop sawing your nails back and forth while filling

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This may be a mistake you didn’t even realise you’re doing. Filing nails doesn’t mean sawing it back and forth. It should be done in one direction — file from the side of your nail to the centre. Lift the file away then file back at the starting point. Sawing it frays the tip, and doing it in one fluid motion will give a clean edge.

Stop adding nail polish remover into your polish to thin it out

Guilty as charged! We understand the frustration upon discovering your favourite nail polish has dried out, but mixing in nail polish remover is not the solution. It turns your polish foggy and less vibrant. The paint also chips faster. Instead, add in a few drops of nail polish thinner.

Stop cutting your cuticles

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Surprised to see this in the list? Manicurist often remove them to ensure a clean-looking nail bed, but in fact, cuticles exist to protect your nails from bacteria and infection. So if you have a hangnail, use a cuticle remover. Apply it around the perimeter of the nail bed, then push it back with a flat tip or a cuticle pusher. The dead skin will then easily dislodge by just rubbing tissue on it.

Stop shaking your polish

While the instinct to shake the bottle comes from wanting to combine the polish and formula, it only create air bubbles. Eventually, the bubbles may also show up on your nails when you paint them. The correct method is to roll the bottle in between your palms.

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur

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