Split nails or dry and flaky cuticles could be a sign of lack of vitamins and it shouldn’t be taken lightly, here are some dos and don’ts for growing stronger and healthier nails.
- A well-balanced diet is very important for all functions of the body. For strong and healthy nails, protein is important, so the first thing would be to add more to your diet. Lean poultry, fish, beef and pork, as well as spinach and other vegetables help. A biotin supplement could also be a good way to strengthen your nails and promote growth. As well as drinking lots of water, which helps, keep nails and cuticles hydrated.
- All those pretty colors that we see sitting on the shelves in nail salons or in shops may contain chemicals. Always check the labels and make sure that the product is free of chemicals such as toluene, dibutyl phthalates and camphor. Vegan or chemical-free products, as well as a chemical-free nail polish, is always a better option.
- Every day our hands come in contact with lots of germs so using a hand sanitizer has become second nature for many of us. But this could be doing more harm than good to your nails. Apply it on the skin but not on the nail but don’t overdo it because you will end up with really dry skin and nails.
- Peeling off old nail polish should never be an option as it can aggravate the nail bed and that could lead to damage. If you use too much lacquer that can cause polish to peel, but if you apply thin coats and you let it dry in between layers it will last longer. Another rule is to never skip base or top coat. Finally, do not forget to use gloves when using cleaning products, this will also extend your manicure.
- Our nails are not tools to be used when we do not have what we need. When you don’t have a letter opener to cut open a letter or a pair of scissors to help you open a box using your nail is a bad idea. The white area of our nail is referred to as the stress area and it can weaken and break if we are not careful of how we use them.
- Weekly manicures, even if you have short nails are very important. Whether you do it at home or go to a salon, grooming your nails will help any shade look better. Start off with a proper manicure so that your nails are all the same shape and length.
- Cutting the cuticles is not the way to go. A better and safer alternative is to push the cuticles back by applying the correct product and using a cuticle pusher to gently push back. Cuticles are there to act as a barrier for bacteria.
- Nail shape trends are constantly changing from oval to square and so forth. But you must try and find the best one for your nails. The shape of the nail may help improve the overall hand appearance. File the nails from each outside edge to the centre of the nail. If you saw back and forth this could weaken the nail.
- Finally, your nails will look a lot better if you keep your nails and hands moisturized. Use a hand cream or cuticle oil every time you wash your hands or as much as you can during the day. Coconut oil is also a good option for softening cuticles and moisturizing your hands.
What’s your secret to growing healthier and stronger nails?
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