How To Help is at Hand For Nice Nail
Our hands take a lot of abuse. In the summer they’re baked by the sun, and in winter they’re frozen stiff by icy winds. Household chores expose our hands to further damage from chemicals and repeated washing. All of this can lead to unsightly nails.
Splitting nails are surprisingly common, but only rarely are they an indication of a serious health problem or vitamin deficiency. If your toenails are strong but your fingernails are chipping and breaking, the cause is most likely external.
Brittle nails can be caused by too little moisture dry and brittle, or too much soft and brittle. If nails are dry and brittle, repeated hand washing and drying is a likely culprit, although any situation with low humidity can lead to dryness. Soft and brittle nails are usually a result of overexposure to moisture or damage from detergents, cleaners, or nail polish removers.
Boost Nail Health
For dry nails, applying and retaining moisture makes a big difference—soak nails for five minutes, then apply lotion to nails and cuticles. Wearing gloves while washing dishes or doing household chores can be helpful for brittle nails.
Basic nail hygiene will go a long way toward preventing problems. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Never bite nails or pull off hangnails; keep nails trimmed using sharp manicure scissors or clippers.
- Use an emery board to create a smooth, round edge at nail tips, and always file in one direction.
- Tea tree oil has proven to be effective at reducing the appearance and symptoms of nail fungus.
- Avoid nail polish removers that contain harsh chemicals like acetone or formaldehyde.
- Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals.
Caring for Your Hands
Moisturize your skin: Because of how often you use your hands, you need to moisturize them more often than once or twice a day. Aim for 5 or 6 applications each day.This is the No. 1 most recommended thing you can do to improve your hands.
Keep a good-quality moisturizer close-by at all times: This will help you remember to use it more often. For instance, keep one in your bag, one at your desk, and one at your bedside.
Use heavier moisturizers for really damaged skin: If your skin is cracked, chapped, sore, and/or bleeding, regular moisturizers might not be enough.
Know how to wash your hands: Use warm water and a mild cleanser to wash your hands. Avoid soaps that contain fragrances, preservatives, and sulphates, which are drying. A mild, moisturizing, soap-free cleanser would be ideal.
Wear gloves: Wear gloves or mittens when you go outside in the winter if it’s for more than a few minutes. Wear rubber gloves when you wash dishes or clean the house.
Use a humidifier: A humidifier will not only help moisturize your hands, but also your skin and lips. It can also help with a plugged nose. Be sure to clean it regularly to avoid filling the air with bacteria and mould.
Have an oat bath: This is particularly good if you have dry, inflamed, red, and/or itchy skin. Grind oats down using a mixer or a mortar and pestle, then sprinkle them into the bathtub as you fill it with warm water. Soak for at least 15 minutes.
Exfoliate your hands: Do not do this if your hands are severely dry or chapped. This is more for if you have relatively healthy hands that just look a bit dull. Do this up to four times a week, being sure to moisturize immediately afterwards.
See a doctor: If you’ve tried everything and your hands are just not improving, consider seeing a doctor to rule out any health issues that you may have.
Caring for Your Nails
Keep your nails clean: Make sure that you regularly wash your nails when washing your hands. Use a soft-bristled nail brush to gently clean around and underneath your nails.
Know how to file your nails: Get a smooth, fine file a rough, coarse-grained one will only break and tear your nails. In addition, file your nails in one direction only. Sawing back and forth at your nails can cause them to fray and break.
Don’t cut your nails too often: Cutting your nails regularly can put physical stress on your nails and cause them to break or have growth problems. It’s better for your nails to file them regularly instead of cutting them.
Don’t forget to moisturize your cuticles and nails: When applying moisturizer to your hands, be sure to work it into all parts of your hand, including your cuticles and nails.
Don’t overuse nail hardeners: Nail hardeners can make your nails more brittle and prone to breakage. Unless your nails are very flimsy, fragile, and weak, you don’t need to use a nail hardener.
Don’t use acetone-based nail polish remover: Research has shown that acetone strips the nails and causes them to become brittle. It may also irritate the skin of your hands.
Try a ridge-filler: If you want to put something on your nails, try a ridge-filler. This can help make your nail polish go on more smoothly. It is preferable to a nail buffer, which will remove ridges but will also weaken the nail over time.
Fake a french manicure: You can fake a french manicure by running a white nail pencil under the rims of your nails to make the tips of your nails look white.
Skip the manicure: Getting regular manicures and pedicures can actually worsen the appearance of your hands by increasing the risk of infection. In addition, hands and nails can become dry from the chemicals used at the salon