From incessantly biting our nails to using them as tools to peel and open stuff, these poor babies go through a lot every single day. To top it all, we’re constantly riddled with information about nail care that is utterly baseless. To make sure that your nails remain strong and healthy, it is essential to take care of your nails right away, and this can only happen once you stop believing every piece of information regarding nails on the Internet.
Right from thinking that cold water is the best way to dry nail polish to you shouldn’t file your nails frequently, here are four common nail myths that you need to stop believing in RN.
- Myth #01: Frequent nail filing is bad
- Myth #02: Cold water helps dry nail polish faster
- Myth 03: You should cut your cuticles
- Myth 04: Your nails need to breathe
Myth #01: Frequent nail filing is bad
Fact: This is as far away from the truth as possible. Using the wrong nail file and being too aggressive with the filing is what can damage your nails. But filing in itself is not at all damaging. For your nails to grow longer and stronger, it is very important to file your nails at least two to three times a week. Ensure that you file your nails in just one direction, be gentle and use a 180-grit or higher nail file for the best results.
Myth #02: Cold water helps dry nail polish faster
Fact: This is the most common nail polish drying hack on the internet, but let us tell you that this is a complete myth. If drying your nail polish was so simple and inexpensive, you’d see professionals do it too. But for the nail polish to dry properly, it is important for the solvent to evaporate, which works better with heat and not with cold water.
Myth 03: You should cut your cuticles
Fact: Cuticles are an important part of the skin that prevents infection-causing germs and bacteria from entering your system. But we know that being able to see your cuticles can seem like an eyesore, so here’s what you can do instead. Always ensure that you keep your cuticles soft and conditioned by applying a little cuticle oil at least once a day. Don’t have cuticle oil? No problem. Cold-pressed jojoba or olive oil works just fine too.
Myth 04: Your nails need to breathe
Fact: This is something all of us have been hearing forever, but here’s the truth – just like your hair, your nails are dead and cannot breathe. This is also why you don’t need a break in between two manicure sessions if you take good care of your nails by applying a base coat first. However, you should take a break between sessions if you tend to apply darker colours to prevent staining your digits.