Apply handcream after washing
Nails are 10 times more porous than the skin on the body, which is why they are more likely to be brittle and dry out after wash. Cold water and alcohol in soap will dry out your nails, which can cause the enamel to crack more easily. Hand cream is therefore essential after each wash.
Clean your nails with nail polish remover before each nail polish application
Never start a new application of color on your nails if they are not cleaned; use polish remover to remove the previous shade. If you scrape the polish off your nail to remove it, you will also tear off the outer layer of the nail, which causes your nailbeds to become thinner and weaker.
Never cut your cuticles
Despite what happens at a manicure, cutting your own cuticles is not the best idea. If you cut your cuticles, you expose your nails to infection and inflammation -- they are there to protect your nails, after all. Instead, use a cleansing oil to hydrate them.
Let your nails breathe
Although painted nails (gel or enamel) add a nice touch to your look, try to give them a few days off. The nail cannot breathe as much if it is constantly coated in polish, and this can lead to weaker nails in the long term, where your nails will thin and turn yellow.
This is even more important if you're applying acrylic nails, as it can damage your natural nails. A lot of chemicals are used in the process, which can result in serious nail damage when removed. If you are looking for a more stylish set of nails, give press-on nails a go, which you can safely do yourself.
Take your vitamins
Your nails reflect the overall health of yout body. If you are tired or lack vitamins, your nails will become weak, and small white spots may also appear. The solution to this problem? Take multivitamins! Your body, and nails, will thank you for this!
Use gloves when washing your dishes
Some activities, such as washing up, can damage your hands, especially your fingernails. Chemical contact with household soap or liquids can cause irreversible damage to your nails. Also, if your nails are wet all the time, they will soften and can be broken or damaged more easily.