Nails are the real beauty of our hands. Whether there are men or women, caring nails is necessary. This article has information about how to keep the nails strong and healthy.
- Signs of Healthy Nails:
- Nails are pinkish –white-coloured
- Cuticles are existent so don’t cut them
- Nails and white tips are even lengths
- Half-moon shaped white section called the lunular is clear
- Signs of Unhealthy Nails:
- Tinny white spots usually mean you bite or paint them too much
- Horizontal cracks could be from stress or high fevers
- Red swollen skin around nails could be from biting cuticles
- Spoon shaped nails could be an iron deficiency or a sign of anaemia
If you are concerned about your nail health, it’s sure to consult a dermatologist.
How to get healthy nails:
Apply liquid hand wash to a toothbrush, then gently scrub your nails. This will remove dirt and exfoliate deed skin then dry the nails.
Use a moisturizer on a daily basis and gently rub cuticles and nails too before going to sleep.
Stop biting your nails it can cause a lot of damage. Always trim them regularly every two weeks. Long nails are beautiful but if you face breakage problem then it’s better to keep them short with round edge.
- Nail polishing
Avoid using harsh polish and never scrap off your nail polish. Always read the label of the product.
- Use base coat
Before Painting your nails always use a base coat first for protection. It will protect your nails from being stained and nail paint will also look more beautiful.
- Use topcoat
Always use top coat after painting your nails. This is as important as the topcoat seals the polish colour.
- Choose a good remover
It’s important to choose a nail polish remover with lesser chemicals. Pick remover from a good and well-known brand.
- Stop water-based manicure
Avoid water-based manicure because the nail bed absorbs water and nail paint cracks. Instead, go for an oil-based manicure so cuticles will absorb oil.
- Wear gloves
Wear rubber or plastic gloves whenever you are cleaning with harsh chemicals, gardening or doing anything that involves soaking or dirtying your hands as it can weaken the nails.
- Food for Healthy Nails
Eating well fixes everything.
Nails are composed of the fibrous protein keratin. To grow strong, healthy nails make sure that your diet includes high-quality protein-rich foods such as lean meat, eggs, dark leafy vegetables, and milk and dairy products.
Tomatoes are good for nail strengthening. Tomatoes are one of the best sources of vitamin A, C and B7 (also known as Biotin).
Biotin is essential for healthy hair, skin, nails and body’s production of keratin. Biotin is naturally contained in fish, eggs, legumes, whole grains and nuts.
To get the best results simply massage your nails with a pure organic oil like flaxseed oil, coconut oil or olive oil.
- Flaxseed is a nourishing oil full of fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals.
- Coconut oil is the king to improve the strength and appearance of your nails.
- Tea tree oil is incredibly effective for healing discoloured nails. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in half a teaspoon of any carrier oil and massage into nails.
- Massage vitamin E oil into your nails and cuticles for about five minutes and you will notice a big improvement.
- Soak your nails in fresh orange juice for 10 minutes to boost their strength and appearance.
- Soak your nails in rose water. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties acts as a natural moisturizer to keep them pink and healthy.
- Warm a small bowl of olive oil add few drops of lemon juice and keep your fingers for 15 minutes.
- Mix two teaspoons of sea salt in a bowl of lukewarm water, add one teaspoon lemon juice and soak your fingers for 10-15 minutes.
- If you are facing discoloured, yellowing and excessive breakage of nails problem then soaking them in Apple Cider Vinegar once per day may help to fix these problems.