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The Key to Rock-hard Nails

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by: Life Love Shopping 
I’ve always been envious of people who have gorgeous, strong natural nails. When I was working in the food business or retail, it seemed as if my nails couldn’t catch a break. They were either chipping or were very brittle from being in water or banging into things. If you have brittle or weak nails, the Mayo Clinic offers these tips on how to toughen them up. Although it is a challenge, it’s worth it!  

Do keep your nails short, square shaped and slightly rounded on top. 

Do trim brittle nails after a bath or a 15-minute hand soak in bath oil. Then apply a moisturizer. 

Don’t bite on your nails! I’m guilty of this on occasion, but try your best not to if you want your nails to be healthy! 

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Do moisturize your nails and cuticles several times a day and after your nails have been in water. Also, apply moisturizer at bedtime and cover your hands with cotton gloves. 

Do apply a nail hardener, but avoid products containing toluene sulfonamide or formaldehyde. These chemicals can cause redness or irritate the skin. 

Do apply nail polish. A thin coat of nail polish may help keep moisture in the nail. Remove and reapply the nail polish after a week. 

Don’t use nail polish remover more than once a week. When you do need a remover, avoid those that use acetone, which dries nails. 

Do take a biotin supplement. Taking 2.5 milligrams of biotin daily may increase the thickness of nails. 

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