Everybody wants to have thick and beautiful nails, but it can be difficult trying to maintain healthy nails while going about your daily life. Maintaining well-manicured nails is a big part of having a pulled-together appearance, but if you’re having a hard time keeping your manicure intact, there are a few things you can do to help ease wear and tear on your nails.

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Keep Your Fingernails Out Of Water

According to Samer Jaber, M.D., of Washington Square Dermatology, you should avoid excessive water exposure at all costs because it can soften your nails. When your hands and nails are submerged in water, it causes your nail beds to expand as water is absorbed. When you take your hands out of water, your nail beds will contract as the moisture begins to evaporate. This can leave your nail beds prone to peeling. To keep this from happening, it is recommended that you were rubber gloves when washing dishes and doing other household chores that involve the use of water. You should also limit the amount of time you spend in hot showers and swimming pools.

Consider Taking A Biotin Supplement

Another way you can keep your nails healthy and beautiful is to take a biotin supplement. Also called Vitamin H and Vitamin B-7, this water-soluble vitamin has been scientifically proven to strengthen nails. In one study, scientists conducted an experiment regarding the effects of biotin on women with brittle nails, and it was found that these women experienced a 25 percent increase in nail thickness after taking a biotin supplement for six to nine months. If you’re not too keen on taking a supplement, you can find biotin in foods like cooked eggs, legumes, and sardines as well.

Use Cuticle Oil Or Cream Regularly

If you don’t already have a daily hand care routine, consider picking up some cuticle oil or cream at your local pharmacy or store. Using these items on a regular basis can help you prevent things like dry skin and hangnails. It’s also wise to use a cuticle cream if you like to pick your cuticles. While picking at your cuticles may not seem like a big deal, it can lead to a slew of issues because you can open your body up to harmful bacteria should you break the skin.

According to Shirley Cheng, a New York City based nail artist and manicurist, “My secret weapon for strong healthy nails is cuticle oil. Think of it as conditioner for your nails and skin. When you consider how often you wash your hands daily, imagine if you did that to your hair without conditioning. It would be a wreck,” she said. “Look for a cuticle oil that is jojoba oil or Vitamin E based. The molecules in these are small enough to penetrate through gel or polish and into your nail. Avoid coconut oil or mineral oil, as these just sit in top of your skin. Bonus: cuticle oil also helps your mani last longer. Frequent washing and everyday activities can make the product brittle, causing it to chip. Oiling keeps the product flexible.”

In part two of this series, we’ll discuss some other tips for strengthening your nails, like limiting contact to cleaning products and maintaining a healthy diet.

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