Useful Tips for Beautiful and Healthy Nails

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Healthy, well-manicured nails give a strong indication of your hygienic habits. To enjoy beautiful and healthy nails, you need to have a proper knowledge of about how to take care for nails.

Healthy nails

Fingernails are composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin that grow from the area at the base of the nail under your cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and are eventually pushed out toward your fingertips. Healthy fingernails are smooth, without pits or grooves.

Guideline for healthy nails

Do: 

  • Try to keep your fingernails dry and clean to prevent bacteria, fungi and other organisms from growing under your fingernails. Wear good quality goves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.
  • Trim and file your fingernails regularly with a sharp and good quality manicure scissors or clippers. It is a good idea to trim and file your fingernails after taking a bath as during this time the nails are soft.
  • You must make efforts to keep the nail bed and the cuticle well moisturized. This will help nails grow better, and the cuticles will look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture. To moisturize the nails you can apply some olive oil.
  • Regular consumption of biotin supplements can increase nail thickness and prevent splitting and breaking.
  • You must always watch your nails for signs of health problems. According to the American Academy of Dermatology the condition of your nails can sometimes reflect a problem in your overall health. For instance white nails can indicate a liver condition or pale nail bed is the sign of anemia.
  • While long nails are nice, always remember that short nails are also beautiful. Attempting to grow weaker nails can cause splits and damage. So, keep your nails trimmed and in shape.
  • The best way to keep your nails healthy is to be healthy. That means eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise and drinking plenty of water while avoiding alcohol, smoke and carbonation whenever possible.

Don’t:

  • Irrespective of whether you have your nails professionally groomed or do them yourself, you must not cut the cuticles. The cuticle is the natural barrier to fungus and bacteria and if you cut them you nails can become infected. This can even lead to permanent nail damage.
  • Do not use nail hardeners. Products such as nail hardeners cause more damage to your nails than good.  As much as possible you must avoid using them or else your nails will become more brittle and fragile.
  • Dermatologists recommend not using acetone nail polish remover. Such kind of remover strips the nails, causing them to become brittle.
  • Avoid rough emery boards. Emery boards are too harsh for nails, causing small fissures and cracks that lead to breakage and tears. Always file your nails in one direction only, and do it slowly and evenly to reduce risk of breakage.
  • If you wish to enjoy healthy nails, then you must not overdo hand washing and limit contact with cleaning chemicals. As healthy as it can be to wash your hands frequently, overdoing it is not good for your nails.
  • Limit professional manicures. The luxury of a pedicure or manicure done at a parlor or salon should be avoided. This is because that chemicals and products used there for manicure or pedicure can make your nails dry and brittle.
  • Avoid abusing your fingernails. To prevent nail damage, don’t use your fingernails as tools to pick, poke or pry things.
  • Do not ignore nail problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.

These are some of ways to keep your nails healthy and beautiful.

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