1.To keep your nails hydrated, rub a small amount of petroleum jelly or castor oil into your cuticle and the skin surrounding your nails every evening before you go to bed or whenever your nails feel dry. It’s thick and contains vitamin E, which is great for your cuticles.
2. Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. This is particularly important if you have diabetes.
3. Dry your hands for at least two minutes after doing the dishes, taking a bath/shower, etc. Also dry your toes thoroughly after swimming or showering. Leaving them damp increases your risk of fungal infection.
4. Air out your work boots and athletic shoes. Better yet, keep two pairs and switch between them so you’re never putting your feet into damp, sweaty shoes, which could lead to fungal infections.
5. Wear 100 percent cotton socks. They’re best for absorbing dampness, thus preventing fungal infections.
6. Add a glass of milk and a hard-boiled egg to your daily diet. Rich in zinc, they’ll do wonders for your nails, especially if your nails are spotted with white, a sign of low zinc intake.
7.. File your nails correctly. To keep your nails at their strongest, avoid filing in a back-and-forth motion only go in one direction. And never file just after you've gotten out of a shower or bath wet nails break more easily.
8. Massage your nails to keep them extra strong and shiny. Nails buffing increases blood supply to the nail, which stimulates the matrix of the nail to grow.
9. Polish your nails, even if it’s just with a clear coat. If you prefer colour use a base coat, two thin coats of colour and a top coat. Colour should last at least seven days but should be removed after 10 days.
10. Avoid polish removers with acetone or formaldehyde. They’re terribly drying to nails.