We’ve all heard old wives’ tales about the look, condition and health of nails. But is there any truth behind them? Here are five common myths, the truth, plus recommended Ecrinal products to come to the rescue of any nail issue.



  1. Nails have to breathe.


FALSE! Nails receive nutrients and oxygen via blood flow, not ambient air. So go ahead and paint your nails as often as you wish, making sure to use high-quality, formaldehyde-free polish like Ecrinal. If you have damaged nails, remember that lack of oxygen is definitely not the culprit. Instead, inadequate hydration or low-quality products could be to blame.



  1. Nail polish damages natural nails.


TRUE AND FALSE! Bottom line: Always use high-quality, formaldehyde-free products, including a base coat to prevent colour from seeping towards the nail’s keratin. Skip that critical step and you’re guaranteed to have yellowed tips! To fill ridges, smooth, fortify and protect nails from environmental aggressors and breakage, try Ecrinal Flexible Basecoat. Bonus: It keeps polish shiny and chip-free for longer.



  1. Cuticles should be cut regularly.


FALSE! Cuticles (the skin around the nail) protect the nail bed from infection—a very important role. Snip them and you’re opening the door to potentially harmful bacteria (hello, fungus!) and risking injury. Instead of reaching for the clippers, keep cuticles healthy by moisturizing regularly with Ecrinal Cuticle Softening Gel. Packed with natural ingredients like plant glycerine, it softens skin, allowing cuticles to be gently pushed back rather than cut.



  1. Gelatin capsules strengthen nails and help them grow.


FALSE! Nails are made up of keratin, not gelatin, which is produced by the hydrolysis of collagen. In other words, gelatin has no impact on your nail health whatsoever, whether it is ingested or applied topically. If you want stronger, longer nails, add two products to your manicure arsenal: Ecrinal Fortifying Nail Repair Cream to nourish and Ecrinal Clear & Shiny Topcoat for maximum protection. A truly effective duo!



  1. White spots are a telltale sign of calcium deficiency.



FALSE! Small white spots have nothing to do with your calcium intake. Your nails probably sustained an injury that has altered their keratin structure. They are common, and disappear as the nail grows. If they appear often, it could be a sign that your nails are dry, brittle or weak. For a boost in strength, try Ecrinal Vitamin Nail Strengthener, which penetrates the nail’s keratin layer the enhance growth and breakage resistance.



And there you have it: All the information you need to understand nail health and choose the right products that will deliver strong results. The Ecrinal line is guaranteed formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, acetone, phthalate and paraben free, ingredients that are potentially dangerous for our own health and the environment.


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