When it comes to maintaining killer nails, tools are as essential as a good manicure or a trendy design — the execution matters. And much like products, tools also go through innovation, with glass nail files being all the rage right now. Yes, glass (or crystal) nail files are deemed as a god-sent for people who like to buff and shape their nails at home. They are gaining popularity because of their ease of use, and the fact that they contribute to better nail health as compared to emery boards, buffing blocks or wooden nail files. Here are five benefits of glass nail files that might convince you to buy one ASAP…

 

01. Prevent peeling and chipping

01. Prevent peeling and chipping

Salon professionals recommend you file your nails in one direction only. Why? Because filing your nails in back and forth motions causes the keratin layers in your nails to shred, leading to peeling or chipping. But let’s be honest, you’re still going to file your nails in back and forth motions… old habits die hard, we get it. A glass nail file helps seal the keratin in your nails irrespective of the direction of the strokes. This is what makes them ideal for keeping your nails strong and avoiding thinning of the edges over time.

 

02. Can be easily disinfected

02. Can be easily disinfected

Unlike metal nail files, glass files are easy to disinfect after each use — all you need is soap and water. You can go in with a gentle sponge to remove excess debris. This simple sterilisation technique makes sure that all of your at-home manicures remain infection-free.

 

03. Long-term use

03. Long-term use

Glass nail files are chemically treated tempered pieces of glass, which means they are permanently etched in that shape and texture. It is dense in structure and not at all fragile, which prevents them from wearing out, even after long term use. Some are so sturdy that you may never have to replace them ever. Unless you damage them in other ways, that is.

 

04. Very hygienic to use

04. Very hygienic to use

Glass nail files are way more hygienic as compared to a tool like emery boards, which are porous and can absorb bacteria and moisture over-time. You can just spritz them with some disinfectant before each use, and they do not accumulate infection-causing bacteria like other materials.

 

05. Way more efficient

05. Way more efficient

Glass nail files are gentle, smooth and efficient for personal use. You can target specific areas precisely with them. Plus the smoothness of their surface gets the job done faster — and TBH, who doesn’t want that!