Clip and File Nails While Wet. Clipping dry nails can split and fracture the layered protein structure of brittle nails. To soften that structure and make it pliable, wet your nails before performing any nail modification methods. Filing or buffing wet nails can reduce further nail splitting by removing any rough edges that may catch on things.
Wear Gloves for Rough Work or When Using Harsh Chemicals. This is one of those tips seen on every list that still gets ignored much too often. You need to protect hand skin and nails from any drying chemicals or physical labor that may compromise the protein and lipid structure.
File your nails regularly. During the winter, we can take gloves or mittens on and off many times during the day. Gloves, especially knitted ones, will catch on any little ridge or cracks. Even if you don't see them at first, tears, snags or breaks occur. Filing gently two or three times per week will make sure your nail edges stay smooth.
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