All of us aspire to have healthy nails that look beautiful, whether manicured or without nail polish. The secret for better-looking nails is proper care, which goes beyond washing your hands and feet!
What can you do to keep your nails healthy without hangnails or swollen skin around it? Read on for helpful tips!
1. Keep Your Hands and Feet Clean
Before you do anything with your nails or after using your hands and feet, keep the nails and skin around it dirt-free. You should also focus on doing this before and after applying nail polish, or when removing it.
When cleaning your nails, apply soap to a toothbrush and scrub your nails and skin around it. This removes dirt and will exfoliate the dead skin without using drying and harsh chemicals, or investing in expensive scrubs.
If you’re removing nail polish, use an acetone-free remover and wash your nails after. Give it a break from nail polish every few weeks, especially when you apply elaborate nail art!
I also recommend that you avoid using nail polish entirely, as it may dry your nails out, turn them yellow, or even weaken nail structure. Use gel and acrylic treatments sparingly as well, since UV light exposure can dry your nails.
If you do use nail polish, use a base coat to protect your nails, then a top coat to prevent any nail chipping. Furthermore, read the labels of your nail polish and avoid using those with harsh chemicals.
2. Be Gentle With Your Nails
Remember that your nails are delicate, and if you continue scrubbing them or applying too much pressure, you expose them to infection!
Do not use metal tools under your nails or use it for digging, maneuvering hard-to-use items, or exposing it to chemicals. If you do have to handle chemicals or harsh soaps, wear gloves when doing so. This will prevent it from weakening, breaking, and/or being exposed to bacteria.
3. Clip Nails Regularly and Leave the Cuticles Alone
You need to trim your nails regularly, just like what you do with your hair. Clip your nails every two weeks, adjusting the time depending on how fast or slow your nails grow.
I recommend softening the nails by soaking your nails and cutting them straight across with the right clippers.
When clipping your nails, do not cut or remove the cuticles, as this seals your nails and serves as protection from bacteria! Take care of your cuticles to prevent hangnails as well.
With regular trimmings and cuticle care, it helps lessen the risk of ingrown nails.
The ingrown toenail removal cost is a bit high and the process is a bit tedious, so it’s best to prevent it from happening.
Besides trimming your nails, clean your nail tools as well to prevent spreading bacteria to your nails when using it. Regularly replace your disposable tools and make sure to clean your clippers after use.
4. Moisturize Daily
Moisturize your hand and feet every day as you would with your face! When applying moisturizer, make sure you don’t scrimp on your nails and cuticles, which will keep it hydrated. I recommend you moisturize the nail area with nutrient-rich oils like salmon and avocado oil.
If you’re out and have no access to oils or moisturizer, you can use lip balm!
5. Eat the Right Food
Your diet doesn’t only help then your body and provide your organs with proper nutrition for healthy functioning. It can also help with your nail health!
Fingernails are made of proteins called keratin, which is also what helps with your skin and hair health. When adding more protein and vitamins to your diet, you can improve your overall nail health.
Add vitamins and supplements with vitamin E, biotin, and fish oil. Furthermore, add protein-rich foods such as fish, nuts, and beans for stronger and clearer nails.
Wrapping It Up
It’s crucial to take care of your nails, an essential part of our bodies! With these tips in mind, your nails will not only stay strong and healthy but clear and clean for a lifetime.
Go on and follow these tips to care for your nails today and share more of your advice in the comment section below!