Nail Care: 7 Important Tips

We women love our nails. We never miss an opportunity to show them off. But in order to do that, we need to make sure they look pretty, don’t we? Who doesn’t want to have beautiful, strong nails that don’t chip or break? These dainty and natural accessories of ours make our hands look graceful and feminine. However, in order for them to look charming, they need to be healthy and well taken care of.

healthy nails

So, here are some useful tips on how to make that possible:

Feed yourself Vitamin A and Calcium

vitamin a and calcium

They’re your nail’s best friends and will make sure your nails are never brittle and dry. Consume food items rich in vitamin A (such as apricots, broccoli, carrot and cheese) and calcium (such as milk, yoghurt, cheese and almonds). Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices. This will help keep your nails well hydrated.

Moisturise

moisturise nails

Make sure your nails are moisturised at all times, especially after you’ve just washed them. Apply cream, lotion, cuticle oil or a petroleum gel in the morning and before sleeping. It keeps your nails hydrated and leaves your cuticles looking soft.

Minimise manicures

avoid manicure

 

The chemicals and harsh ingredients beauty parlours use make nails dry and brittle. It may cause chronic nail bed infections, evidenced by puffy, reddened areas around the base of the nail.

Avoid Acetone-based Nail-paint Removers

avoid acetone

It strips the nails, making them brittle and weak. It robs the nails of their natural enamel, shine and lustre, apart from rendering them dry.

Use gloves

wear gloves

While using chemical based products like detergents, shampoos, cleaners, etc, it’s always advised to put on rubber gloves first. The chemicals and acids present in these products do more damage to our nails than any other agent, mostly because we expose our nails to them almost every day. Always wash your hands after using them.

Keep them short

avoid long nails

Long nails look classy, but growing them way too long will create problems, apart from making you look like a witch. Nails get jammed between doors and this causes injuries and chipping off of nails. Typing with long nails leads to unwanted strain on your fingers and hands. Long nails are more likely to carry pathogens that cause infections.

No biting

no biting

It doesn’t just look disgusting and spoil your personality, but is also a very unhealthy habit. Keep your hands away from your mouth if you want healthy looking nails. It takes a great deal of effort to get rid of this habit, as you never consciously realise when your hands just end up in your mouth. One has to keep trying though.

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