Tips for healthy, strong nails.

Here is a fun fact. Did you know that your nails act as an indicator of your overall health? The colour, texture and shape of the nails reflect the general health of an individual. For many of us, our natural nails are not as strong as we would like them to be – they feel weak and brittle. If you’re not taking care of your nails on a daily basis, during simple day-to-day tasks, it is quite easy for them to get weak. However, with some simple lifestyle changes and breaking some – bad – habits, you can have the nails you’ve always dreamed of.

Whether your nail care is a form of self-care, an indulgence, or just routine maintenance, keeping your nails in tip-top shape is a worthwhile investment. Here is the good news: Healthy nails require an investment of time, not money. Follow these few steps, and you’ll have stronger, longer nails before you know it.

Take your vitamins

Beauty is more than skin deep, and what you ingest is an indelible part of your outward appearance, including that of your nails. Only the right vitamins and minerals will save your nails because remember healthy nails are definition of a healthy you. Take food rich in Biotins, proteins, irons and vitamin D. Taking this daily will encourage cell growth and strengthen your nail plate.

Protect your nails

During this time of frequent sanitizing and cleaning, your hands are going to be dried out. Pay attention to ways you can reduce the time your nails spend in contact with water, because excessive water contact can weaken nail structure. Wearing gloves to do the dishes and hydrating your nails after washing and sanitizing can help protect them from becoming more brittle and broken.

Care for your cuticles

It’s common practice to cut, push back, or try to get rid of cuticles altogether, but cuticles are not the enemy. In fact, the cuticle is “the nail’s natural protective seal. Messing with your cuticles can do far more harm than good—even if a nail technician is the one doing the handiwork. Moisturize the cuticles with cream or cuticle oil to help protect and strengthen your nails.

Be careful about which products you use

Some polishes and nail polish removers are bad for your nails. They can weaken, dry out and strip the natural oils from your nail bed. If you’re in doubt, always do research before buying a new polish or book in for a professional manicure.

Stop biting your nails

Avoid biting your nails as it can make the tips of your fingernails look uneven and misshapen. You’re also exposing them to the saliva from your mouth which overall results in weak and brittle nails. Furthermore, by putting your fingers to your mouth, you are actually transmitting the dirt and germs usually found under your nails.

Don’t use your nails as tools

Your nails are delicate and keeping them in good condition means taking care of them. Using them as tools – opening cans with the tip of your nail, constantly tapping them on the surface, scratching things off – adds unnecessary pressure to your nail bed and causes them to break. It can also cause any polish to chip – a big no-no from me!

Give your nails a break

While elaborate nail arts with bold colors can look pretty, opt to go natural instead as polishes can dry and weaken the structure of your nails. It’s important to give them enough time to rest and repair for stronger, healthier nails.

Pay attention to your nails

Always keep an eye on your nails. Recognise when they are healthy and when they need some work. Healthy nails often have white tips, pink-ish nail beds and noticeable cuticles (do not cut them – they are there for a reason). If you notice that your nails are feeling weak, are discoloured or feel brittle, then it might be time to take a break – it’ll do them good!

Everyone wants healthy-looking nails. By following these simple steps, you too will have fabulous nails in no time. So, take care of your nails and they’ll be stronger in no time.

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