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Nail Health 101: How To Protect Nails From UV Damage

It is not just your skin that needs protection from the sun. Nails become brittle and turn yellow when exposed to too much UV rays. You may also develop skin cancer under your nail bed.

According to Birchbox, the sun also burns your nails. The rays of the sun could discolor the nails and cause pain as if something heavy had slammed to your fingers. Good thing there are natural remedies that you can use in preventing UV damage on your nails.

UV Polish

Manicurist and founder of a 9-free nail polish line Jin Soon Choi claimed that this product absorbs or deflects the sun’s rays, thereby protecting your nails from UV damage. She also added that since nails are made of the keratin protein, they are easily damaged by the sun’s rays. As per MindBodyGreen, any opaque nail polish shade also does the trick. Since the UV filler does not cover the cuticles, you may use an SPF lotion to protect them, as well.

Ridge Fillers

Ridges are a result of the sun’s damage to your nails. It usually takes up to six months for your nails to go back to its normal state once you develop ridges. Thus, it is also important to protect your cuticles since any damage could affect nail growth and increase the risk of fungal or bacterial infections.

Choi explained that nail polish is like a hat for your nails. Whenever you have incurred yellowing or ridges in the nails, fillers treat them when they are applied as base coat. The base coat would make your nails look smoother. Afterward, you may also add a cuticle oil or balm to keep the nails hydrated.


Biotin or vitamin B7, vitamin H or coenzyme R promotes healthy cell growth. It also aids the metabolism of protein-building amino acids that are responsible for nail growth. Foods such as spinach, sweet potato, cheese and mushrooms are rich in biotin that strengthens the nails. You may also take biotin supplements that aid nail growth.

According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, 63 percent of those who consumed 2.5 milligrams of biotin per day for six weeks to seven months had better nail growth.

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