Finally Nail It: Fix Common Nail Problems Now
It's easy to mask nail problems with a manicure and a slap of color, but sometimes denying your nails are in rough shape only makes them worse. Just because you take good care of your hands doesn’t mean you can let your nails fall by the wayside. Here are three common nail problems and how to address them thanks to celebrity nail stylist Jenna Hipp.
When the nails have a yellow cast to them, it can be from a variety of causes, and a common culprit is your nail polish. Dark shades that are highly pigmented adhere to the nail stronger than metallic and lighter shades and can stain your nail. "When using dark nail color, apply a base coat first so the pigment from the lacquer doesn't stain the nail," advises Hipp. If your nails are stained, scrubbing them with baking soda and water with an old toothbrush on a regular basis will help lift the stains.
If you don’t regularly wear dark polish shades and your nails are yellow, it may be the sign of a health condition. Discolored nails hint toward a fungal infection, psoriasis, diabetes or liver, kidney or lung conditions that require medical attention. So make an appointment with your doctor if this is the case.
The cuticles are inherently dry, and when the skin around the nails becomes parched, it easily tears and splits. "Use cuticle oil at least three times a day—it can be used over polish—to eliminate painful hangnails and improve the overall quality of your nails and cuticles," says Hipp.
The longer your nails, the more likely they are to break or develop snags or tears. Keeping nails uniform in shape and length will decrease the chances of breakage. Also, making sure you are getting enough protein and iron in your diet is important for strong nails. Protein helps with nail growth and strength, and iron prevents nails from becoming brittle. There is some evidence that biotin and other B vitamins may also strengthen nails and help them grow.
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