How to kill your nails, 5 easy steps.

by Schnauzevoll

Hey there, Internet!

This month feels quite strange, topic wise. Still this is something that kept coming up in my head every two weeks, maybe a bit more often, depending on working schedule. As some of you might know, besides this blog I work as geriatric nurse which, in Germany, does not allow any nailpolish and requires me to keep my nails round and short (max 2mm longer than my fingers). So the nailart fun only happens on my days off work, I still manage to break my nails regularly and can chip my polishes within a heartbeat or make other amazing things happen because when it comes to killing my nails I am an expert. (yes, this was a tad bit on the ironic side)

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Both pictures were taken the same day the polish had been applied.

So even though I try to add a bit of different shape to my nails as my days off are coming near the middle and index fingers usually are the first to break, split, commit suicide as soon as they reach 3mm length. Maybe they know I am not allowed to grow them this long, maybe they have other reasons (being my ‘working fingers’), whatever might be the case, they wont grow much longer. So here are some things you better would not do when you want to keep your nails long and healthy and when you want your manicure to last!

list-bat-png Work with disinfecting agents / sanitizer / gloves. PVC / latex or whatever gloves will keep the sweat around your skin and nails, staying in this humid surrounding will cause your nails and manicure to chip easily. disinfecting agents might not work as good as nail polish remover but in the end has the same effects. This also explains why the combination of both is extra harmful.

list-bat-png Garden work or building that new furniture item! You will hit something with your nails by accident in the process. Also, who does not like having a lot of soil sticking under their nails!

list-bat-png Cleaning your caves. This probably is a nice combination of the two things mentioned before. You wear gloves, sweat, maybe some cleaner will get into the gloves and the rubber stuff around will make it easier for your nails to absorb those. Or you will hit something with your nails by accident, getting perfectly fine chipped and broken nails.

list-bat-png Corset lacing. Of course, most of us prefer to have someone else do the lacing because it is easier and probably will look better in the end. When nobody else is available, we try to do it by ourselves. Trying to find the spot where we have to pull, pulling itself and adding that nice bow while still pulling the laces usually will require the use of your fingernails, of course, ending in broken nails! Extra points if you manage to break them high enough to bleed. (for non-corsetters: shoe laces!)

list-bat-png Bad eating habits! Food has as much impact on our nails as the nailcare (oils, creams, filing, hardeners,…) and sometimes, even good eating habits and a lot of water won’t be enough. Browsing the nutritional supplements might help in those days when your nails need some extra care! But be careful, sometimes your nails want to tell you when there is something big going wrong in your body, if it won’t get better even though you tried some things you might want to ask your doctor.

What are your tricks to keep your nails healthy and what are you doing to make your nailpolish stay on longer? Have a nice evening!