The most frequent casualties to a prolonged compulsive finger picking habit are the fingernails. All sorts of ugly and stinky (literally) diseases crop up in and around the fingernails once they’ve been picked to death.
Assuming that you’ve done everything you can to…
…then you can take the following concrete steps to restore the strength of your fingernails and toenails, which have been so weakened by their “long train of abuses”
- Say Goodbye to Gelatin — without going too deep into the colorful history of this particular myth, let’s just say that clever marketers from long ago made up a fun (and for them, profitable) story that eating gelatin is like eating nails — and is sure to make your weak, dry nails stronger. It won’t. So, “just say no” to gelatin supplements and Jello for desert — unless of course you just have a craving
- Keep ’em Moist — but not saturated. Moistening the fingernails and surrounding damaged skin with olive oil is a treat for your fingers. Do it daily. On the flip side, try to avoid prolonged water exposure, as this will lead to brittle nails.
- Keep ’em Manicured — this goes for you too, guys. In this metro-sexual age there is no shame in getting a bit pampered in the extremities — aka the fingers and toes. Keeping nails trimmed and clearing out dirt and debris lets your nails grow without a handicap. And if you’re afraid of looking like a sissy for hiring someone to do it — just do it yourself!
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