Having strong and clean nails is not just an attractive addition to your overall appearance, but it’s also a sign of good health. Keep in mind that having healthy nails starts from inside as well as outside.
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How to Care for Your Nails
Here’s how you can take proper care of your nails :
As a rule, eating healthy will not only reflect in your nails but in your skin, hair and general appearances too. However, some vitamins and minerals help your nails more than others, namely vitamin B, protein and calcium. Eating meat, dairy products and green leafy vegetables are great natural sources of these vitamins and minerals. You can also opt to take vitamin and mineral supplements for your daily nutritional needs.
Wear Rubber Gloves
Our hands do a lot of work, and therefore our nails are exposed to a lot of work also. Prevent causing damage to your nails by wearing rubber gloves lined with cotton inside when doing chores that expose you to chemicals, detergents and dirt.
Beauty shops now offer a combination of hand lotions and nail lotion to make it easier to keep them moisturized. Apply moisturizer in the morning, preferably after taking a bath, to keep moisture locked in. You can also re-apply the lotion all throughout the day, especially in extreme temperatures such as the summer and winter seasons. At night, you can put lotion on and cover them with moisturizing cotton gloves. When applying hand and nail lotion, pay particular attention to your nail beds. Regular application of lotion makes your nails stronger. You should also regularly apply nail lotion to your feet’s nails. When applying lotion, make sure that you rub the lotion carefully all over your nails.
Trim Your Cuticles
Trimming your cuticles with a cuticle remover once a week is ideal. Use a cuticle softener and carefully trim with a cuticle clipper. Do not trim your cuticles to the quick, as it will cause your nail beds to grow deeper into your skin.
Clip Your Nails
Clip your nails regularly with a nail clipper into a regular square shape or a rounded shape. Pointed nail shapes have a tendency to snag your nails and cause damage. Again, do not clip your nails to the quick as too-short nails can become quite painful.
Give Your Nails a Break
No matter how pretty nail polish looks on your nails, you should give your nails a break from polish every now and then. This will allow your nails to breathe and will help them become less brittle. You can also use a nail buffer to keep your nails naturally polished and shiny.
Don’t Bite or Pick at Your Nails
Nail-biting and picking your nails are bad habits that should be done away with as soon as possible. This habit is one of the biggest causes of nail breakage and damage, so stop doing it.
Keep Your Nails Smooth
Keep emery boards in your house and in your bag to keep your nails smooth to prevent snags, which causes nail damage.
For particularly thin nails, using nail hardener can help, but you should avoid products that contain formaldehyde or toluene sulfonamide. These two chemicals can cause redness and irritation on your skin.
Minimize Nail Polish Remover Use
It’s generally prescribed that you do not use nail polish remover more than twice in one month. It’s better to touch up your nails instead. If nail polish remover cannot be avoided, use a remover that does not use acetone.
Repair Your Nails
If you find tears or splits in your nails, you can use specially-made nail glue to repair your nails or even clear nail polish.
While we all have the tendency to not look after our nails, but with a little effort, we can keep them staying beautiful and healthy. Following these simple steps will ensure beautiful hands and nails in as short as a month.