Sunday 7 April 2013

Crimes Against Beauty: Nail Biting

Nail biting is an awful beauty crime, a crime I am known to commit on a regular basis. Why is nail biting such a big deal? Well it makes hands look downright ugly! Why do women, myself included, invest all of their time and money into looking as beautiful as possible, only to ruin it with nasty nails?

Sadly, ugly looking hands is not the only downside to nail biting, other problems include:
  • Damaged and broken cuticles that can lead to microbial and viral infections
  • The spread of germs from the nails and fingers to the lips and mouth
  • Dental problems

On a more serious note, nail biting (in some cases) can actually be a sign of an underlying mental health condition such as OCD or anxiety.

So how do we stop?? Well here are some tips that have been known to be successful:
  1. Chew gum
  2. Develop a new habit 
  3. Wear fake nails
  4. Apply a nail-biting deterrent
  5. Keep nails well groomed and manicured
  6. Distract yourself (well...distract your mouth and hands!)
Personally, I think that one of the best tricks is to apply a nail biting deterrent to the nails - the taste is the worst kind of punishment! I recommend using Mavala Stop 10ml (£7.65 / £12.62

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