Nails are women’s best beauty accessories and unfortunately the least taken care of! You don’t have to visit the salon on a regular basis in order to take care of them. It’s important to know about Nail Care for Beautiful You.
The combination of a well-balanced diet, a thoughtful beauty regimen, and good personal hygiene can give you salon-worthy nails at a fraction of the cost and chemical burden.
‘Your nails are a way to speak your style without having to say a word’ , very rightly said by Tammy Taylor.
Though there are plenty of factors that affect the health of the nail, it is particularly difficult for housewives (thanks to all the so called mild detergents and hot/cold treatment received while cooking) and others who indulge in a decent amount of manual effort to maintain the beauty of their nails. However, not many of them realize that their nails take the battering pretty hard to withstand and they shout out for nail care !!
Well the change for good is coming-in and more women (and even men) are increasingly becoming more conscious about attending to their nails as a part of their personal hygiene. Though women continue to dominate the client registers of pedicure and manicure centres.
This article surfaces out some pieces of advice you can use to maintain the health of your nails.
(a) Don’t BITE them: Nails are not the stress relievers. So, take care not to bite them, chip off them while absent minded.
(b) Wear gloves when cleaning: During cleaning with chemicals (even mild ones like kitchen cleaning), wear gloves. There are hand rubber gloves and finger gloves available in market, which are either disposable/reusable.
(c) Wet nails care: Wet nails are prone to breaking easily. So when you have washed your hands or done some water related jobs kindly wait till they dry before you get started on your next task.
(d) Protect from excessive cold : When it’s cold outside make it a point to put your gloves on as fingernails too tend to feel the cold and chills.
(e) Care from Sun damage: Sun can damage our nails in the form of vertical ridges. Once these ridges form, it can take up to six months for the nail to completely grow out so they disappear. (It can take even longer for toe nails—up to a year and a half.) Shielding your cuticles is also important because damage can affect nail growth and even make you more susceptible to fungal or bacterial infections. Some nail polishes come with UV-filters and these are a good way to have painted nails and sun protection (since putting sunscreen on painted nails will ruin them).
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(f) Massage and moisturize them: Like the rest of our body, nail also need massage. Massage the cuticles particularly as they help in blood flow to the nails which in turn keeps them healthy in the long run. After massaging, remember to moisturize your nails. It prevents them from getting dried. It is the best to moisturize them before going to bed at night, especially if you are a person who does a lot of house chores.
(g) Filing: Its advised to file your nails rather than cutting it(But do not file them daily as it can have adverse effect!!). A filer will also help you to make the edges fine. Also, it’s advised to file the nails in one direction i.e. not make to and fro movements with your filer or rub it against your nails.
(h) Protein : Proteins are not only important for your hair but also for your healthy nails. Well of course, non-vegetarians take in more protein than non-vegetarians. But a vegetarian can also include more proteins through food stuffs such as nuts, eggs, Quinoa or beans in your diet.
(i) Zinc : Deficiency of zinc leads to weakening and retarded growth of nails. Include lots and lots of green leafy vegetables to combat the deficiency of zinc in your diet.
(j) It’s not a tool : Dear ladies, Your nails are your jewels, don’t use them as your tools. Although it may seem convenient to scrap off that price tag with your nails, but that will ruin your nail.
(k) Hydrate yourself : Drink a minimum of 4 litres of water daily. Apart from benefiting skin and health, water nourishes and benefits your nails too.
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(l) Nail Strengtheners : These might look like simple nail paints but they add hardness to nails thereby controlling their wear and tear to a large extent by adding keratin to the nails. They give the nails a shiny look. But it’s important for those with brittle nails to avoid applying nail strengtheners.
(m) Allow them to breathe : If you have a habit of keeping your nails painted always or your profession demands so, make sure you let them breathe for at least once day in a week. By allowing them to breather, we mean remove your nail polish every now and then. And let your nails breathe overnight at least. You can let your nails breathe by removing the nail paint with any nailpolish remover of your choice and leave them unpainted for a day or two.
You’d not mind an extra dozen pairs of eyeballs looking in awe at your hands when you attend that fun get-together.
So, keep those nails in good shape; they say a lot about who you are and never forget Nail Care for Beautiful You.