Tending to your nails
Trim your nails straight across to avoid ingrown nails. Additionally, try cutting your nails right after you’ve showered or bathed to ensure they are softer.
If you want to soften the corners or edges of your nails, use a nail file or emery board. File in a consistent direction to prevent weakening your nails, as filing back and forth can severely damage them over time.
Avoid harsh nail polishes
Avoid products that contain ingredients like formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate, as they can weaken the nails.
Furthermore, repeatedly using bold pigmented colors can cause your nails to become yellowed or weakened. If you enjoy using bold colors, consider going “all-natural” periodically between wears to give your nails a break.
Use gentle nail polish remover, a base coat, and a top coat
Acetone-free nail polish removers are mild and prevent your nails from drying out. When painting your nails, base coats help prevent staining.
Top coats decrease the likelihood of nail polish chipping and reduce the frequency with which you have to remove the nail polish.
Care for your cuticles
Cuticles are intended to be a barrier for bacteria, and cutting them can lead to painful infections. You can moisten and push them back with a cuticle pusher, trimming away only dead pieces of skin.
To keep your cuticles healthy, use FLOW Midnight Cuticle Oil. Start by applying the oil to each nail on one of your hands, then take a minute to massage the oil into your cuticles.
Apply cuticle oil before bedtime, after you have pushed back your cuticles, or whenever you have free time. Avoid applying the oil before getting a manicure; instead, wait until afterwards to apply it.