Three days. Max. Is how long you should be keeping nail polish on your nails for. Any longer and your nails will start to to yellow and white spots will appear, indicating that your nails are dry.
2. You Skip Base Coat
Base coat helps to protect nails from harmful nail polish that can be hard to remove. Glitter or confetti-type nail polishes are usually so difficult to remove so having a base coat helps protect the nail from harsh removers.
3. Using Nails Like You Would Household Tools
We’re all guilty of this at some point. From scraping and scratching things off to trying to pry something open with them, we often use our nails like tools and continue to do so because it’s easy.
However, doing so can lead to breakage and brittle nails.
4. You Often Do Gelish Manicures
We all love a good gelish nail polish because of how pretty they look but, they’re often unhealthy for your nails.
When applying gelish nail polish, your nails are often exposed to UV light to get them to dry. While removing them requires you to soak your nails for a good 15 minutes in an acetone solution. These things can severely dehydrate your nails.
5. You Peel Your Nail Polish
No matter how chipped your nails are, it’s best not to peel them because doing so could actually remove the top layer of your nail bed, leaving it weak and even more brittle.
6. Biting Your Nails
We’re sure every one has done this before but did you know, biting your nails can alter the way they grow?
7. Filing Your Nails Back and Forth
Filing your nails back and forth can lead to chipping and cause them to tear too. Instead, go in one direction and do it slowly so you’re more gentle to your nails.
8. Use Top Coat As Base Coat
Never switch the two as they were made for different purposes. Top coat is a sealant that can be used on a bare nail. A basecoat however was designed to protect your nails from your nail polish to make them last longer.
9. You Overuse Cheap Quick-Dry Products
While quick-dry products are fine if you use them once in a while, be sure to go for notable brands that you know you can trust.
Quick-dry products tend to dry your nails out easily which means you’ll need to moisturise your hands and fingers to replenish the moisture lost.
10. You Don't Let Your Nails Rest
We all love a good manicure but sometimes it’s best to let your nails rest and let them breathe too.
Take a break between manicures and when at the salon, avoid getting your cuticles trimmed.