Nail your nail care routine with these tips!

Your fingernails take a lot of abuse every single day. But by following these tips, it can be easy to keep them in good shape and health.
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There are many things you can do to ensure healthy and gorgeous nails. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Published: 4 Oct 2021, 06:53 pm IST
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From nail polish to nail extensions, we do a lot to our nails even though they may be damaging. Although it’s an easy option to get a manicure and pedicure to correct your nails’ health, why invest in expensive salons when you can get them in the perfect shape and health at home? You’ll be surprised at how simple it is. 

First of all, having clean and healthy-looking nails is a must for practicing good hygiene and keeping yourself looking your best. And to achieve that, getting a manicure is not the only option. In fact, you must take care of your nails on a daily basis. 

Here are some tips for nail care you need to add to your nail care regime:
1. Clean them with polish remover

It all starts with clean hands and nails! Just like skincare, nail care also should begin with a thorough cleaning. Cleaning your nails regularly will allow them to stay germs and bacteria-free. You can use nail polish remover in this step to remove nail polish from your nails to clean the dirt. Don’t forget to wash your hands with water after. 

Also, read: Covid nails 101: The state of your nails can tell whether you have Covid-19

2. Shape your nails

Next, keep your nails short or in good shape. As is the case with hair, outgrown nails are prone to breakage and split. So to get a smooth, natural arc, cut your nails once a week and then file the uneven regions. Even if you’re trying to grow them long, it won’t hurt to trim a slight bit off from the top. 

3. Don’t remove your cuticles

We like a gentle approach when it comes to cuticles. After all, their job is to protect the nail. If you have hanging skin or nails, then trim it carefully and gently so that it doesn’t stick out or cause more pain. Don’t bite or try to pick the cuticles.

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Pay attention to your nails. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Use gentle nail polish, avoid harsh polishes

Wearing nail polish isn’t going to harm your healthy nails, although you probably should give your nails a break on the polish periodically. Before you begin painting your nails, wipe your nails then go over with a base coat. Basecoat helps prevent your nails from getting stained and the topcoat decreases the likelihood of the nail polish chipping.

5. Moisture your nails

When nails become dry, they are more susceptible to cracking and breaking and one of the causes of unhealthy cuticles which can eventually lead to other problems. So make sure you moisturise your nails properly. You can either use coconut oil or almond oil to massage gently to nourish them. 

Also, read: Your nails can reveal a lot about your health. Here’s what they might trying to tell you

6. Eat well

As long as you eat a healthy, varied diet, you don’t need any dietary supplements to guarantee strong nails. However, people with weak nails may benefit from supplemental biotin, a vitamin that helps strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.  

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For a healthy diet, you should add protein (essential for boosting keratin production and thus creating strong nails) and omega-3 fatty acids (lubricate and moisturize your nails, giving them a shiny appearance)

7. Avoid damaging to your nails

Keeping your nails in wet or dirty environments can encourage the buildup of bacteria beneath the nails. If you frequently wash dishes, garden, or clean with harsh chemicals, try wearing gloves to protect both your skin and fingernails. 

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Brittle nails? Blame it on your poor nail care regime. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
8. Take steps to stop if you bite your nails

Biting your nails is a common nervous habit, but this can be one of the worst things for your nails. It can damage your cuticles and cause infections. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria and fungi to enter and cause infection. This can be a tough habit to break, so try using nail polish or adhesive bandages to make biting your nails unappealing.

With the right technique, maintaining healthy nails can be so much easier. And if you follow these tips, you can help prevent permanent damage and keep nails looking great. 

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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