11 Tips To Keep Your Nails Healthy and Strong

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Nail health is a hot topic these days. Everyone wants to know the secret to growing long, healthy nails. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that nail health starts from within. You see, your nails are made of proteins, and if you’re not getting enough protein in your diet, your nails will be weak and brittle. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of protein.

But what if you’re already getting enough protein in your diet? Well, there are still things you can do to keep your nails healthy and strong. Keep reading for 11 tips to keep your nails healthy and strong!

It is important to keep your nails healthy and strong. Especially nowadays when most of us are doing house chores, tending to our gardens, and doing construction work since we are on quarantine.

Here are ways that you can keep your nails healthy and strong:

1.) Keep your nails moisturized by applying hand lotion every time you wash your hands. It will help in strengthening the nail bed.

2.) Apply nail polish that has calcium and vitamin E. Your body needs these vitamins to grow strong nails.

3.) One way to strengthen your nails is by eating a diet rich in protein, omega fatty acids, vitamins A, B12, C, D, E and calcium as well as zinc.

4.) Do not trim or bite your cuticles. It will only give you pain and at the same time it will cause infection or inflammation of the skin surrounding the nail or paronychia.

5.) Wear gloves when washing dishes or cleaning the house so that your hands will not be exposed to chemicals that can damage them.

1. Do not use your nail as a tool.

2. Keep your nails dry and clean.

3. Moisturize your cuticles and nails nightly with a rich cuticle cream or natural oil, such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil.

4. Apply a base coat before you apply nail polish to protect your nails from the pigment of the polish.

5. Use non-acetone nail polish remover whenever possible. Acetone can dry out the nails and cause them to split, break and become brittle over time.

6. If you use an acetone remover, use it sparingly and be sure to follow up with a moisturizing cream or oil to rehydrate the nails and cuticles afterward.

7. Be gentle with your nails; don’t scrub them when you wash dishes or shower, and don’t use them to pry things open or scratch surfaces (like I do all the time!)

8. If you bite your nails, stop! Biting your nails will make them weak and brittle over time (I’m trying!).

9. Wear gloves when washing dishes or cleaning in general to keep harsh chemicals off of your nails, especially if you have long nails!

I’m going to be painting my nails hot pink for spring. Are you?

If there’s one trend that we’ve been seeing over and over again this season, it’s bright, bold nails (but of course, we love it!). From sorbet shades of lemon yellow and tangerine to hot pinks and bubblegum corals, nails have never looked so sweet. And what’s even sweeter? All of these fun polishes are popping up at the drugstore, which means you can get a whole bunch without breaking the bank.

I can’t wait to start painting my nails in these sweet shades. But if I want my nails to look good, I need to keep them healthy first. Here are some tips I learned from a nail artist friend on how to keep your nails strong and healthy:

Don’t bite, pick or tear your nails because it weakens them and the skin around them.

Avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals. Wear rubber gloves when washing dishes or cleaning, and to prevent your nail polish from chipping, apply a base coat before putting on nail polish.

When you paint your nails, be sure not to paint too close to your cuticles because this can cause them to stain or peel. If you do accidentally get polish on your cuticles, dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and remove it immediately.

Use a manicure stick to push the cuticles back gently (don’t cut them). Also use the manicure stick to clean under the nail edges.

Apply lotion daily to keep cuticles soft and nails moisturized. Choose a hand cream with sunscreen as sun exposure can make nails more brittle.

Don’t use metal nail files because they can break up the layers of the nail; instead use an emery board made of fine sandpaper (you can buy special ones at a salon). File the tips of the nails straight across — don’t file into an oval shape or curve down at the sides as this increases the chance of breaking.

Trim your nails regularly with scissors or clippers that have been

1. Keep your nails dry and clean

2. Don’t bite your nails or pick at your cuticles

3. Avoid acetone-based nail polish removers

4. Give your nails a break from nail polish

5. Always use a base coat

6. Strengthen your nails with a DIY olive oil-avocado treatment

7. Boost growth with a gelatin base coat

8. Moisturize cuticles with shea butter and vitamin E oil

9. Keep dirt out from underneath your nails

10. Be careful about the products you use on your nails

11. Use rubber gloves when washing dishes

1. Don’t Cut Your Cuticles

If you don’t know what a cuticle is, it’s the small sliver of skin that’s attached to the base of your nail. If you bite or pick at it, you can damage your nail, which will make it more susceptible to infection and hangnails.

2. Keep Your Nails Dry and Clean

This one might seem obvious, but keeping your nails clean is important for preventing infections. Wash your hands often and try not to submerge them in water for long periods of time. This includes washing dishes!

3. Don’t Bite Your Nails

Biting your nails weakens the structure of the nail bed and makes them susceptible to breakage. It also exposes you to bacteria that could lead to an infection. (And if you’re worried about germs, take a look at our post 11 Things That Are Dirtier Than A Toilet Seat.)

4. Use Hand Lotion

If your hands feel dry and brittle, use a moisturizing lotion after washing your hands. This helps prevent hangnails and dry patches on your hands (and makes them smell nice too)!

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