How to Prevent Hangnails

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Prevent Hangnails
Prevent Hangnails

How to Prevent Hangnails. When your nail cuticles become dry or rough, painful and unsightly hangnails often form. Pamper your nails to keep them healthy and free of hangnails.

Things You'll Need

  • Olive (not Virgin) Oil
  • Cuticle Creams
  • Exfoliating Gloves
  • Hand Lotions
  • Manicure Kits
  • Manicure Scissors
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail Files
  • Nail Strengthening Polish

Give yourself regular manicures: Clean and trim your nails, brush your nails with a manicure brush, and push back cuticles with a cuticle stick. This removes excess skin that may later form hangnails.

Use a cuticle moisturizer as needed throughout the day to keep your nails and cuticles moisturized and strong. Try an exfoliating lotion if your skin is particularly dry or roughened.

Wear rubber gloves when washing dishes or doing housework. Hot water and various cleaning agents can dry out your hands and encourage hangnails. If possible, avoid soaking nails and cuticles in water, as this can weaken them.

Don canvas gloves when gardening or doing other tasks that can roughen and dry out your hands, causing cuticles and nails to crack.

Fight the urge to bite fingernails or hangnails. Such habits can aggravate the nail area and cause hangnails to bleed.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have extremely dry or rough hands, try applying moisturizer at night, then donning cotton gloves when you sleep.
  • Cut hangnails as soon as you see them.

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