We use our hands for almost everything. Whether we are cleaning the house, working out, at work, or dozens of other tasks, our hands take a ton of wear and tear every single day. With this much abuse, it is difficult to keep your fingernails looking manicured and beautiful. However, there are some things you can do to ensure healthy and gorgeous nails. Here are our tips for keeping your fingernails looking great.
Restore Healthy Fingernails
Try to avoid cutting and damaging cuticles- When you are trimming or filing your nails, try to avoid damaging your cuticles. Your cuticle is a wall against bacteria and fungus. Be extra careful to make sure you avoid damage to the cuticle, or you risk irritation, swelling, and infection.
Wear gloves when using cleaning chemicals- While you are cleaning or working with chemicals, always use gloves to protect your nails. Over time these chemicals and cleaning agents can damage your cuticles and nails and leave them looking lifeless and damaged.
Don’t bite them- Biting your nails is a common nervous habit, but this can be one of the worst things for your nails. Biting your nails can damage your cuticles and cause infections. This habit can also alter the way your nails grow and cause permanent damage to the nail bed. Additionally, this habit also increases the chance of you being exposed to viruses and bacteria that can make you sick. This can be a tough habit to break, so try using nail polish or adhesive bandages to make biting your nails unappealing.
Eat well and drink water- Your nails are a reflection of your protein intake and immune system. Ensure you are eating enough protein, drinking enough water, and consuming a lot of zinc and other nutrients from vegetables and fruits. Eating the right food for a healthy body means that you will have healthier nails.
Use a moisturizer- When nails become dry, they are more susceptible to cracking and breaking. Use a moisturizer before bed to help maintain hydrated and stronger nails. Moisturizer is good for your cuticles, nail bed, and the rest of your hands as well.
Don’t use your nails as tools- It can be tempting to use your nails to remove staples, can open tabs, or other tasks, but this can cause damage and breakage to your nails. It may take a few extra seconds, but finding the correct tool for the job will save you many nail problems in the long run.
Your fingernails take a lot of abuse every single day. If you follow these tips, you can help prevent permanent damage and keep your nails looking great. For more tips on keeping your nails looking beautiful, or if you would like to learn more about us, contact us today!
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Kari Thomas wrote this article.