Whether you’re the type of person who religiously paints their nails as a form of self-care or someone who’s constantly picking and biting at their cuticles, we all yearn for healthy, perfectly manicured nails. But first, how can you tell if your nails are healthy? Here’s what to look for:
Signs of Healthy Nails:
* Nail plates are a pinkish-white color
* Cuticles are existent (so don’t cut them!)
* Nails and white tips are even lengths
* Prominent half-moon shaped white section (called the lunula) at nail base.
Signs of Unhealthy Nails:
* Peeling or splitting nails could be dryness or the result of vitamin deficiency
* Tiny white spots usually mean you’re biting your nails or painting them too often
* Horizontal grooves could be from stress, high fevers, or jamming your finger
* Red, swollen skin around nails could be from removing or biting cuticles
* Spoon-shaped nails could be a sign of iron deficiency or anemia
1. Rubber Gloves Are Your Friends
Do not EVER do the dishes or clean your home without wearing rubber gloves. The chemicals you use for cleaning are very strong and can really damage your hands and your nails. Not only that they will make your nails weaker, they could also give you nasty burns. Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning.
2. Calcium Gels and Nail Hardeners
Calcium gels and nail hardeners can really make your nails stronger. However, you can’t expect results right away, you need to give it some time and use the product regularly. I used to have a very good nail hardener which I can’t find on the market anymore, so if you could recommend me the one you’re using, I’d be very grateful.
3. Clip your nails regularly.
Set aside time to clip them every two weeks, adjusting to more or less often once you see how your nails respond.
4. Always keep a nail file on hand.
Keeping a nail file handy to smooth away any rough edges that happen on the spot. Work in one direction with the grain of your nail for a smoother finish.
5. Cuticle Removing
One of the biggest mistakes many girls do when it comes to their nails is cutting the cuticles. This should never be done. Instead, apply cuticle remover gel or cream and gently push your cuticles with a cuticle stick
6. Don’t forget to take care of your nail tools, too.
Disinfecting your nail tools between uses is just as important as regularly cleaning your makeup brushes, and for the same reason — bacteria. To keep your nails happy and infection-free, been advised washing metal tools with soap and water and then wiping down with rubbing alcohol. And don’t forget to regularly replace disposable tools like emery boards. There’s no reason to continue using a tattered tool when it’s so easy to rotate in a new one for a few bucks.
7. Protect your nails with a base coat.
Apply a base coat first before applying any nail polish color. This step not only protects the nail from being stained by the polish, but also helps the color look more saturated and opaque with just one coat.
8. Nail Creams
Your regular hand cream is sometimes not enough. In order to take good care of your nails, you need to get special nail creams. They are usually not expensive, and there’s a bunch of them on the market. Try a couple until you find the one that suits you best.
9. Load up on protein-rich food.
Your fingernails are made of a protein called keratin, so just as with the clarity of your skin or the shine of your hair, you can improve your nails by tweaking your diet. Falcone advises adding vitamins and supplements like biotin, Vitamin E, and fish oil to your daily regimen, Once you hit on the combination that works for you, you’ll be rewarded with stronger, clearer nails.
10. Give your nails a break.
Save the nail art and those bold colors with lots of pigment for the weekend, and during the rest of the week, give your nails time to rest and repair with a clear gloss. By going from one strong polish color to another without giving your nails a break can dry them out, turn them yellow, and over time, even weaken the structure of the nail.
Source from : https://youqueen.com/beauty/10-tips-to-take-good-care-of-your-nails/
Source from : https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/nails/a34645/healthy-nail-care-tips/
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