Choose Nail Polish and Polish Removers Carefully
Polishing your nails, whether with a clear coat or this season's hottest new shade, may give your nails a bit of an advantage against day to day damage, and if you apply a clear base coat before color polishes you'll help protect nails from developing a yellow discoloration. Despite that, though, the ingredients in the nail polish and polish removers you choose may be sabotaging your nail health -- especially if you apply them frequently. Some of these products contain ingredients that are drying-- and potentially hazardous to your health-- including acetone, formaldehyde, toluene sulfonamide-formaldehyde resin, phthalates and methanol. Try to limit using nail polish removers to no more than once a week, and choose products that are water-based rather than solvent-based to avoid allergic reactions and skin irritation.