Everyone wants to have healthy and gorgeous nails. Just have a look at your fingernails, are they healthy and strong? Healthy nails are smooth and consistent in colour, without ridges or grooves, free of spots or discolouration. The unhealthy nails may indicate your internal health issues, nutritional deficiency or lack of care of your fingernails. But if you notice any discolouration, thinning or thickening of the nails, bleeding or swelling around the nails, then better to consult your doctor.
On a normal routine, you need to take care of your nails to protect it from breakage or infection. Following are some of the secrets of healthy nails that you should know:
– WEAR GLOVES
Frequent exposure to soapy or hot water dries up your nails which makes them more prone to breakage. Avoid contact with harsh chemicals while doing laundry, dish-washing, gardening, or other household things.
– TREAT YOUR CUTICLES PROPERLY AND MOISTURISE
Be very careful while treating your cuticles. Pick at your cuticle can damage your nail bed or entire nail and makes it more prone to infection. Just avoid these bad habits and moisturise your nails and cuticles properly to make your nails healthy and strong. You need to apply some oil or body butter on cuticles daily for healthy nails.
– GIVE A BREAK TO YOUR NAILS
As nail polish doesn’t make your nails brittle, it’s just you need to give a break to your nails from polish. So that they can breathe periodically. Always apply a layer of base coat before applying nail polish. And avoid using formaldehyde or acetone based removers. As this will harm your nails health.
– BIOTIN HELPS
The nutritious and healthy diet works great on the health of your nails, so better to eat healthy food. But still, if you need some supplement for your brittle nails then go for biotin(B vitamin) supplement. This helps to strengthen your nails or makes them grow. Better to consult your doctor before taking any supplement.
– TRIM YOUR NAILS
Make your nails short by trimming regularly, it will also reduce the risk of any injury. It’s good to trim your nails straight across then slightly round the tips. While filling, always move your nail file in one direction(from the outer edge towards the inner edge) for maximum strength.
– DRY YOUR HANDS AND TOES
After washing, bathing, swimming, or any other water activities, always dry your hands and toes properly. This will reduce the risk of fungal infection. And better to wear flip-flops in summers to prevent sweating as well.
– BE ALERT
If you feel any puffiness, redness, or pain around your cuticle or nail bed that persists for some days, then it’s time to consult your doctor. Maybe these are the signs of fungal infection that need to be treated before they ruin your nail’s health.