How to Maintain Healthy Nails With These Nail-Care Habits

Is that time again? I can see some of your nails are broken or too thin. Why is that?

When we were little kids our parents often warned us about biting our nails. Everybody has done it. All those bacteria getting into our mouths. Ough! That’s really gross.

But we were just kids and that was one of the nastiest habits we could’ve achieved. The worst part is that many women still continue to bite their nails.

They know what to do. I don’t need to tell them they should quit immediately.

My mother always said that our nails are like mirrors to show how disciplined we are. How well we take care of our health and hygiene.

She was right. If you doubt this, let’s play a game. It’s a test actually. It has only one question.

What do you think of a woman with damaged and “rusty” nails?

I would like to see your answers in the comments section below.

No, visiting your manicure artist and money are not the problem. It’s the habits. You have developed the worst habits that are damaging your nails.

You don’t have to visit the manicurist every week to make your nails look perfect. It’s like covering something that’s already damaged.

When I say healthy nails I think of nail-care habits. You need to develop and do them every day.

You think this is too much to do? You brush your teeth every day, right? Your nails need good care, too.

They are not hard to do. I promise. They are very simple and helpful.

By doing these things every day, they will become our personal habits. Your nails will look shiny and “like new”. Everyone will want to know your secret.

Here they are.

  1. Keep your hands clean

Your hands are always dirty. Everything you touch is covered with dust. That’s our enemy number 1. It’s really important to keep your hands clean as much as possible.

When you remove your nail polish, do it with acetone-free nail remover. Expensive scrubs with dangerous chemicals could damage your nails and skin.

  1. Trim your nails regularly

Remember what I said about hygiene and brushing your teeth? Well, your nails require regular trimming. I know you want to have long nails.

Having long but damaged nails will not do you any good.

  1. Don’t cut the cuticles

The first thing your manicure artist does is cutting your cuticles. This makes the nail vulnerable to bacteria and different infections.

The healthier way of removing the cuticles is pushing them back once a week. Use a wooden orange stick to do that. It’s preferable to do this after you get out of the shower.

It’s less painful then.

  1. Be gentle on your nails

You know how soft they are. You need to be really gentle with them. Scrubbing them too roughly could damage them. It exposes them to bacteria.

Avoid using metal nail tools under the nail. Digging under them could separate the nails from the skin. This leads to irregular arch nail tip.

  1. Prioritize nail health

Like I said before every woman wants to have long nails. They often think long nails mean healthy nails. This is wrong.

Long nails are exposed to snags or breakage. This is too painful and damaging for your nails. And they look ugly when they are broken.

Keep them short and round. They are easier to manage and keep them clean and healthy.
  1. Moisturize your nails

I like to think of them as they are part of my skin. When I’m moisturizing my skin I never forget to do the same with my nails.

If you want to use a homemade moisturizer, here is a recipe you can make – a mixture of avocado and almond oil. This will keep them moisturized overnight.

  1. Protect your hands and nails

We are women. We do everything around the house with bare hands. Forget about this immediately. You need to protect them. They are often exposed to dangerous chemicals.

Use those protective gloves you can find everywhere.

  1. Eat well

Yes. You need to eat healthy for your overall health. This includes your nails as well. You need to keep the keratin strong.

Enrich your diet with protein-rich food. There are tons of foods you can use that will help your nails and your overall health.

This is how I made my friend eat healthy. She was overprotective over her hands and nails. I mentioned that protein rich foods maintain good nail health and now her nails are even healthier.

You should see her nails. A true masterpiece!

  1. Give your nails the break they deserve

Too much nail polish, wearing it for too long, changing different nail polish every day is wrong. You don’t give them an opportunity to rest.

Compare this to yourself. Can you carry something difficult 24 hours a day without rest? – It is even hard to imagine this. Give them the rest they deserve.

  1. Keep yourself away from acrylic or gel manicures

Your acrylic nails really look astonishing. I’ll lie if I say otherwise. But they are really hard on the nails. Doing this to your nails, exposing them to the UV light, damages your skin around the nail.

It’s like a direct exposure to skin cancer. The UV light makes your skin very soft and prone to skin cancer.

This could be funny to you, but if you want to protect your skin, apply sunscreen factor 50 before you undergo this procedure.

  1. Read the labels of the nail polish

It’s like picking up food. You read the labels. You need to make sure there isn’t anything that could damage your nails. Stay away from suspicious and toxic chemicals.

They are usually written as dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde.

  1. Keep it “base coat”

The base is the best. It’s like the personal security of the nails. If you do your manicure don’t forget the base coat. It prevents staining of your nails.

  1. Add gloss with a top coat

This is like going a step further with your manicure skills.

This is the final step to glossy nails. If you add another coating layer after 3 or 4 days, it will lower the risk of chipping your nails.

  1. Take care of your nail tools

Disinfect them before using them. Wash the metal nail tools with soap and water. Wipe them up with rubbing alcohol.

Developing these habits in your beauty routine will help you with other things as well. It’s not just your nails, you can modify and use them for your hair treatment, makeup, etc.

Keep doing your best by keeping your overall health on a top level.

Do these things for a month. See if you can notice the change. I would be really happy if this helps you.

Now start doing them and don’t forget to tell your friends about this. They have nails, too!

Source: Health Digezt

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