Nail polish is a must have accessory for many women. Some choose to have their nails done by a professional at a salon, while others opt to do it at home. In both cases, people who wear nail polish tend to wear it regularly, stripping away the old with polish removers before painting each nail with a fresh, bright coat.
There are actually a few connections between nail disorders and nail polish, and not all are negative. A nail disorder is an ailment of the nail, and many people have had at least one form of nail disorder in their life. One of the most common forms of nail disorders is the hang nail, which is when the cuticle splits and protrudes.
Hang nails and some other nail disorders such as onychorrhexis, can be potentially exacerbated by repeatedly using nail polish. Onychorrhexis is a deep crack in the nail that is caused by an abrupt injury or the continual abrasion caused by the chemicals in polish and removers. On the flip side, applying nail polish can help counteract nail biting, as the taste of the polish is so bitter.
Many nail polishes may contain chemical additives, and the acetone in nail polish remover can dry out the nail and cuticle, making it more brittle and prone to breakage over time. To avoid complication from nail polish, simply invest your money in more holistic options that are free of damaging chemicals. Better quality polish will also last longer, so that you won’t have to use remover as often.
It’s also a good idea to apply a base to your nails before applying the polish. You can find base coats that are fortified with vitamins and natural extracts that will promote nail growth, strength and durability. A base coat will also help prevent the nail from becoming stained from particularly dark polishes.
A top coat will also increase the longevity of the nail polish, and protect your nails from damage. Even when taking all the necessary precautions, it’s important to give your nails a break. If the nail is constantly covered by polishes, it can begin to turn yellow from lack of oxygen. So from time to time, it’s good to let your natural nails breathe.
Our nails, much like our hair, can tell a lot about the body’s general health. If you’re diet is lacking in many of the essential vitamins and nutrients, your hair and nails will become brittle and dry. The cuticle and nail itself will be more prone to breakage and common nail disorders. That’s why it’s important to practice healthy habits, regardless of using nail polish. Maintaining a nutritious diet and exercise routine will enhance the beauty of your nails more than any product.
Author Bio: Peter Wendt has been living and writing in Austin, Texas for several years. He encourages his readers to check out this site to learn more about this topic.