Important tips To maintain desired length and shape, use an emery board. Scissors can cause flaking. Always use Mavala Emery Boards. Metal files can weaken the tips of nails and cause flaking. Stroke from the outside edge to the centre of the nail. Never "saw" back and forth. Filing nails deeply into corners weakens them and allows them to break more easily. Trimming cuticles with scissors leads to hardening and thickening. Remove excess cuticle tissue and roll back cuticles regularly with Cuticle Remover and a Manicure Stick wrapped with cotton wool. Follow directions for Mavala Scientifique carefully. If used too often, it may cause nails to become too hard and brittle and therefore more breakable. In case of contact with skin, a cut or a scratch immediately wipe off with a dampened cotton pad. To keep nails from becoming stained from chemicals, dyes in nail polish, and other external factors, always protect the nail plate with Mavala 002 double action base or moisturizing Barrier-Base for delicate nails. Be sure that each coat of enamel is thoroughly dry before proceeding with the next coat. Improper drying between coats causes smudging and peeling. Always dry carefully your nails and hands after washing them. It will prevent them from chapping. Wear gloves when using water, detergents, cleaning products or chemicals. As with the skin, cold weather and over-exposure to sun will dry out hands and nails leading to brittle nails and rough skin. UV-rays may cause pigmentation spots. Perform a manicure once a week and apply Mavala Hand Cream every night.