How To Keep Your Nails Healthy and Strong

The structure of our nails is determined genetically, but there are things we can do to improve the health of our nails. A proper diet and proper nail care will help you maintain your nails pliable and not brittle.

Here’s what you can do to keep your nails healthy and strong!

  • If you want to have healthy and beautiful nails you need to eat healthy.
  • Start eating products that contain gelatin such as jelly, milk, soup, soy products, wheat, egg yolks, seafood etc.
  • Eat foods that contain vitamin A because it will help your nails strengthen and grow faster. Carrots, parsley, whole butter, liver and tomatoes are rich in vitamin A.
  • Vitamin B will help your nails grow faster and will improve the absorption of proteins. Eat more egg yolks, whey germs and cabbage.
  • If you want your nails to be strong, you need to eat foods rich in calcium.
  • Sulfur will protect your nails from inflammations. You can find sulfur in onions, cabbage and cucumbers.
  • Your nails need exfoliation. Scrub your nails with a soft brush at least once a day.
  • Massage your nails with hand lotion at least once a day. This will keep them moisturized and healthy.
  • Use rubber gloves when you do housework.
  • Don’t apply nail polish too often because your nails can turn yellow.

Use thick moisturizers for cuticle care

Cuticles are the thin layer of skin near the bottom of the nail, where it connects to the finger. Cuticles often get dry, resulting in peeling and flaking. In order to keep cuticles healthy, apply a thick moisturizer to your cuticles. Ointments and creams are best over typical lighter lotions.

Don’t bite, pick, or peel!

The first step to having healthy nails is to avoid biting them. This will increase the chance of having those nails you so desire! Moreover, damaging the nail bed can invite bacteria and fungi and can cause infections.

Clean your nails

Cleaning with a nail brush is a gentle way to remove dirt, dead skin, and bacteria from underneath your nails. This is especially important if you bite your nails. You could also make a scrub with 2 spoons sugar and 2 spoons olive oil to make a scrub to exfoliate your hands and the matrix and cuticle areas. This will keep your hands clean and soft and also improve blood circulation in them.

Moisturize your hands

Get in the habit of using moisturizer, which it helps feed moisture to your nails, preventing hangnails and keeping your hands soft. Also, you can massage any kind of oil like coconut or olive oil around your cuticles to hydrate them and provide moisture to them enabling your nails to grow faster.

Don’t pull off hangnails

This often tears the healthy tissue around the nail bed, which looks unsightly and can lead to infection.

If you have brittle nails, apply clear nail polish

This will help your nails retain their natural moisture. If you tend to have paper-thin nails, there are nail hardeners that have fibers in the liquid which help tremendously.

Consider growing out your nails

Long, strong nails are the envy of every girl who sees them. Note that once you begin growing your own nails, it can take months to get them where you want them.

Remove old nail polish

If you have an old, chipped coat of polish still clinging to your nails, use the nail polish remover and a cotton ball to take it off. You’ll want to start with a fresh, clean slate.

Soak your nails in a bowl of warm water

Soaking your nails softens them and makes them easier to trim. It also makes your cuticles more supple and easier to push back. Soak for about five minutes, until your nails are pliable, then dry them on a towel.

Trim and file your nails

Use nail trimmers to create the nail shape you want, either squared off or rounded. Don’t trim too short; you want to leave a white crescent on each nail. This extra length protects your nail beds and looks pretty, too. Use a nail file to neaten the edges and smooth out the shape of your nails.

Push back your cuticles

Dry your nails and apply a cuticle cream. Let the cream soak in for about three minutes, then use an orange stick to gently push back the cuticles, the skin growing at the base of your nail. This makes the shape of your nails prettier and prepares them for an even coat of polish. Wipe off the cuticle cream when you’re finished.

Buff your nails

Use the rough side of your nail buffer to buff your nails, gently running it across the surface of your nails in one direction. Next switch to the medium-grade side and repeat the process. Finish buffing with the smoothest, finest side to add sheen to your nails. Don’t grind down the surface of your nails too much. You don’t want to thin out your nails. The goal with buffing is just to create a smooth, shiny surface.

Rinse your hands and apply lotion

This cleanses your nails and moisturizes the skin on your fingers and hands. If you don’t want to paint your nails, your manicure is complete. If you do, wipe the surfaces of your nails with cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to get rid of excess lotion before you begin.

Gather your supplies

While all you really need to paint your nails is a bottle of polish, your nails will look more beautiful if you use a few extra products to ensure a neat, even manicure.

Apply the base coat to your nails

This will be a clear polish or hardener that protects the nail and helps the manicure last longer. Let the base coat dry completely before moving on. Some base coats are a little tacky, making it easier for the colorful polish to stick.

Apply nail polish to your nails

Roll the bottle between your hands for a few seconds to warm it up and mix the polish. Open the bottle and dip the brush into the pain, then swirl it against the rim to remove excess polish. To paint nails evenly, start with a vertical stripe down the center of the nail, then a stripe on either side. Allow the polish to completely dry.

Apply a second coat of polish

This will ensure that the color looks rich and even. After the first coat is completely dry, apply a second in the same manner: do a stripe down the center of each nail, then stripes on either side. Again, let it completely dry.

Apply clear top coat

This seals in the polish and adds a little extra shine. Top coat will help your nails stay beautiful for several extra days before chipping. Once your top coat is dry, the manicure is complete.

Don’t use acetone nail polish remover

Acetone is a paint remover to that takes the polish right off, but it can also be damaging to nails. If your nails are brittle and dry, acetone can even cause them to break. Look for acetone-free nail polish remover; it doesn’t take the polish off quite as quickly, but it’s a lot better for your nails.

Don’t use your nails as tools

If you tend to use your nails in place of scissors, clippers and knives, your nails probably tend to break pretty frequently. To keep them beautiful and healthy, don’t use them in situations where they might rip off or get chipped. It’s better to use the right tool for the job than to put unnecessary strain on your nails.

Give your nails a break from polish, gels and acrylics

Nail polish, gels, and especially acrylics can be hard on nails. These substances contain chemicals, and they’re difficult to remove without using even more chemicals. Over time your nails will weaken and possibly even turn yellow unless you give them a break sometimes. Try going at least a week out of each month without applying polish, gels or acrylics.

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