Healthy nails are something that we all want to have. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman since the beauty is undeniable. Natural and healthy nails are wanted, plus they tell a lot about the person who has them. You are clean, neat, healthy and care about your appearance. Unorutnalety, some of us can’t have it all in life. So, we got to take care of ourselves the best way we can; and that way we can get our wanted goodies. Healthy, long and strong nails.
What Do Healthy Nails Look Like
Healthy nails should look super smooth, long, shiny, thick and symmetrical. If you are blessed enough to have all of the above congratulations, you are one of a few! However, if you have healthy nails on only one of your hands, while your other hand is bailing on you then that’s not good.
Tips to Make Your Nails Healthy & Beautiful
Follow the next tips if you want to know the secret to healthy nails.
Your nails should always be clean, trimmed, and dirt-free. This means that you should regularly remove your nail polish. If it starts chipping it is better to remove it than rather add extra unwanted layers. Also, use acetone free remover, scrub your nails and let your nails breathe in between the manicures.
Because the skin around your nails is delicate, as well as your nails, you need to be gentle. No sudden or rough movements because those can lead to an infection. Also, don’t use metal nail files. Those are not sufficient for sensitive nails.
We do agree that long nails are beautiful, but they can’t constantly be your option. If you are struggling with snags or breakage, you should keep your nails short. This fact may not sound that appealing to you, but it is better to keep them healthy rather than to push their limits. As long as each nail is in the same shape as the other nails you won’t miss the extra length.
Some women actually always have a nail file with them. You could keep it in your purse if you want to constantly maintain healthy nails. This can come in handy so you can smooth away any rough edges that happen to you when you are out of the house. The best way to do it? Work in one direction with the grain of your nail for a smoother finish.
#5: Let Them Be
Let your cuticles be, that is. You should never cut them. They are very important because they are the protectors of the nails. If you cut them or damage them you are prone to infections like that. The better you are at leaving cuticles alone, the more your nails will thank you down the road.
#6: Take Care
Always take proper care of the nail tools you are using. If you clean your makeup brushes you should definitely take care of your other tools. You should be washing metal tools with soap and water and then wiping with rubbing alcohol. And don’t forget to regularly replace disposable tools like emery boards. They are not pricey what so ever, but demand replacements.
If you are going to do your nails at home, you better take care of the base. Always have a base coat because it protects the nail from being stained by the polish, and also helps the color to look more vivid. You can also add a clear gloss in the end for some super shine and extra protection.
#8: The Labels
Make sure you know what you are buying. Always read the labels and the ingredients of the stuff you are using. Nothing too harsh, you are allergic to nor expired and you should be fine.
#9: Also, The Top Coat
As it goes with the base, so does with the top coat. You should be adding your clear top coat every three days to decrease the chances of chipping, so you’ll get the most out of your manicure. Invest some time in this part if you want your manicure to last longer.
#10: The Right Moisturizer
Women always go to bed after applying their night cream, but somehow forget about their hands. Avocado oils actually help to keep your cuticles and nails hydrated. But any type of a hand cream, cuticle oil, or a serum will be just fine, just remember to put some on.
#11: How To Clean?
Gloves are a must! But unfortunately, not many go by this rule. Whenever you’re cleaning with harsh chemicals, doing your garden chores, or doing anything that involves soaking your hands you should wear plastic or rubber gloves. Exposing your nails to very cold or hot water, climates and hazardous environment will do you no good. So heads up.
As you know by now that the fingernails are made out of a protein called keratin, you should also know to eat a lot of it. Biotin, Vitamin E, and fish oil are full of it and have been known to work as a great nail booster. Don’t forget about the beans, fish, and nuts.
That’s your 12 steps recipe to healthy nails. If you are doing at least half of the things off of our list you should be seeing results pretty soon. Make sure to listen to your body and its needs and you’ll be more than fine.