When it comes to nail care, there are a lot of misconceptions floating around. And if you are not careful, these nail care myths could cause serious damage to the nails! To separate facts from fiction, we are debunking some of the most persistent misconceptions related to caring for your nails:
1. Take Calcium Supplements for Stronger Nails
Increasing your calcium intake will not strengthen your nails. Contrary to popular belief, the nails are not made with calcium. In fact, there is only a miniscule amount of this mineral in your nails. The human nails and hair are made up of keratin. Keratin is a type of fibrous structural protein that protects soft tissues from damage. Upping your calcium intake will not improve the state of keratin on your nails. Do note that excessive calcium intake could lead to heart diseases and sometimes, even death!
2. Nails Need To “Breathe”
Most beauty experts will tell you that the nails need to “breathe” to stay healthy. However, the nails are made up of dead cells. Therefore, they do not utilize oxygen to live. Of course, giving your nails a break once in a while helps minimize yellow stains on the nails.
3. Pushing the Cuticles is Harmless
The next time you are getting a manicure, leave the cuticles alone! Cuticle-free nails look prim and polished but without the cuticles, there is nothing that will keep harmful bacteria from entering your body. You see, the cuticles protect the nail bed from pathogens that could cause infection. If you remove the protective barrier of the nails, microbes can easily enter the nail bed, damaging the nail root.
And if you think clipping the nail cuticles is less harmful than pushing the cuticles all the way back, think again! Clipping the cuticles causes the skin to thicken. The abnormally thicker skin will make nail care extremely hard in the future.
4. Dip Wet Nail Polish in Iced Water for Quick Drying
No, dipping still-wet nail lacquer in a basin of iced water will not cause the formula to dry quickly. In fact, doing this will only ruin the finish of the nail polish. You see, the nail polish formula needs to evaporate to dry. Subjecting the wet lacquer to iced water will not do anything at all. You will get better results by using a hair dryer to dry your nails.
5. White Spots On Nails Indicate Mineral Deficiency
Having white spots on your nails is not an indication that you are mineral or vitamin deficient. Seeing white spots on the nail is an indication of past trauma or injuries to the base of the nail. Sometimes, the spots are caused by allergic reactions or fungal infection. But to be on the safe side, we recommend asking your doctor about these marks.
6. Acrylic Nails Could Damage Natural Nails
Press on acrylic nails and other nail application tools will not damage the natural nails. These products do not contain compounds that could traumatize the nail bed. However, the kind of technique used to apply these nail accessories could damage the natural nails. That’s why you need to be extra vigilant when having your nails done this way at your favorite salon.