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11 Tips For Healthy Nails

09 Feb 2024 0 Comments
11 Tips For Healthy Nails

Are you frustrated by the poor condition of your fingernails? And, are you concealing their imperfections beneath layers of nail polish? It might offer a temporary and quick fix, but, in the long run, it's crucial to acknowledge that this practice does more harm than good. Moreover, ingrown toenails or nail fungus is excruciating to live with. To prevent these infections and further health issues taking proper care of your nails is a must.

It is time to extend your self-care practices beyond facial and hair care routines. Bid goodbye to the expensive nail salon visits, and, instead, dive into these simple, but effective tips for healthy nails and enjoy their timeless beauty!

Are You Taking Proper Care of Your Nails? 

Before moving on to the tips for healthy nails, it is essential to understand how to recognize the signs that indicate the well-being of your nails, or potential issues that may need immediate attention. 

Signs That Your Nails Are Healthy

  • The pinkish-white uniform hue of the nail plates is indicative of good health
  • Absence of any uneven spots or alteration of colour
  • Uniform lengths of nails and white tips
  • A noticeable half-moon-shaped white section called the lunula at the base of the nail
  • Existence of cuticles

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Signs That Your Nails Require Attention

  • Discolouration or darkening of nails 
  • Horizontal grooves that may indicate that a physical illness disrupted the growth of the nail
  • The brittle nature of nails 
  • Swollen or bloody nails can indicate forcible removal of the cuticle
  • Changes in the shape of the nail, for example spoon-shaped nails are indicative of iron deficiency or anaemia

Easy Tips for Healthy Nails

If you suspect a serious nail condition, consulting a specialist is recommended. However, for minor concerns, these effortlessly achievable home care tips can elevate your nail care routine.

1. Practice Good Hygiene

Simply washing your hands is insufficient because the water may not reach under your fingernails to clear the dirt. It is advisable to use adequate soap and water to brush under your nails and the adjacent areas for good hygiene.

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2. Prevent Dryness

A separate skincare routine for your nails must be included in your self-care package! Dryness around the nail can cause damage to the nail itself. Hence, hand lotions are there to save the day! 

3. Avoid Biting Your Nails

One of the worst ways of coping with anxiety is by biting your nails. Not only does it ruin the shape of your nails, but even a small opening or cut can be a wide doorway for bacteria to make their way into your body and cause serious infections. 

4. Prioritize Health Over Length

Long nails may come off as attractive, but the appeal is almost always short-lived because longer nails are more prone to breakage. Instead, clipping your nails regularly, filing them to remove sharp edges, and making them smooth and round looks not only more presentable but also durable.

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5. Handle With Care

One of the most important healthy nails tips is to be gentle with your fingernails, even while cleaning them. If you're not careful, slight damage to the cuticle can cause infection and hangnails. Make sure you do not rip off a hangnail as that may cause further pain, instead, gently clip it. 

6. Steer Clear Of Harmful Chemical Products

The most damage is caused by chemical products that are not suitable for the skin. Pay close attention to the ingredients of any nail care products that you buy. 

7. Use a Protective Layer 

For further protection, it is advisable to apply a base coat on your nails before polishing. It ensures that the chemicals in the nail polish are not in direct contact with the nail.

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8. Regular Usage of Gloves

Excessive usage of water, harsh weather conditions, and even gardening or similar activities can cause your fingernails to lose their shine and strength. But, healthy nails are guaranteed if you constantly use gloves to protect your fingernails from wear and tear.

9. Eat a Protein-Rich Diet

You are what you eat is true because a slight change in your diet can do wonders even for your fingernails! Since fingernails are made up of a protein called keratin, a protein-rich diet is highly recommended. 

10. Cleanliness of Nail Care Tools is Mandatory

Maintaining the hygiene of your nail care tools is just as important as maintaining personal hygiene. Wash and disinfect the tools that you use for your fingernails regularly.

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11. Routine Use of Nail Serum

A nail serum not only nourishes and strengthens your nails, but also helps to repair them. Therefore, applying a good nail serum regularly is essential for healthy nail growth.

Conclusion

Manicured nails are also considered safe but only if you are attentive about the chemicals they are using and how often they are sterilizing their tools. In a nutshell, flaunting healthy and shining nails is more than just polish. Personal hygiene and care have the utmost contribution to it.

Disclaimer: This blog has been structured and written with the help of information that is widely available on the internet for use. However, it is advisable to refer to an expert before implementing any lifestyle changes. 

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