Having clean and cared-for nails is part of a well put, well groomed appearance. Many of us take our nails (and hands) for granted. We only notice something is wrong when our nails are chipped or when we suffer injury somewhere near the area. The truth is, our nails are complicated bits of skin and if we neglect them, it can lead to brittle nails or an infection. These home remedies will easily care for them and keep them beautiful and healthy.
Whether you do your manicure or have a manicurist at the salon do it, do not cut or manipulate your cuticles. According to dermatologist the cuticle is a natural barrier to bacteria and fungus. Cutting or manipulating it will cause this barrier to be lost. Cutting cuticles could cause them to look red, be swollen and become ragged. Pushing back cuticles could result in the same problems.
Using acetone to remove nail polish can cause nails to become brittle. A good alternative is an acetone-free polish remover. They are kinder to your cuticles and smell better than normal acetone.
Avoid using rough emery boards to file your nails. Use a fine nail file instead. It’s also best not to saw nails back and forth as this can cause fissures and cracks to form. File in one direction only and do it slowly and evenly.
Moisturizing the nail bed and cuticle will help them to grow properly. It will also make them look good and protect them from dryness and breaking. Putting oil around the cuticle will keep them moisturized and reduce occurrence of chipping, breaking and splitting.
Extensions are bad for nails and can cause fungal and bacterial infection. If have to use them, stick to extensions. However, these can also lead to the same problems already stated. To be safe, limit the use of nail tips and remove them as soon as possible.
We all love visiting the nail salon to get our nails professionally pampered. However, keep your visits to a minimum and stick to home nail care. Doctors theorize that exposure to the stronger chemicals in these places can lead to dry and brittle nails. The manicure/pedicure implements used in these places can also contribute to fungal or bacterial infection. To be safe, bring your own manicure set to the salon.
Everything that applies to your fingernails applies to your toenails too. Experts agree that toenails need extra love because they are more prone to infection than fingernails. This is because feet are usually encased in tight, dark and sometimes moist shoes all day long which can be a breeding ground for infections. Show your toenails and feet some extra attention by getting pedicures regularly and don’t forget to moisturize your feet too!
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