The nails are among the most battered parts of the body but are also among the most neglected. Most men and women have chipped or discolored nails that affect their outlook over time. Poor nail care routines using harsh products affect the structure and outlook of nails further. We want to change this narrative. In this article, we share some invaluable tips that will help you to maintain clean and well-manicured nails by yourself. You might not visit a spa again after reading this.
Do you have brittle nails that keep chipping or breaking while working or playing? While poor diet is the most common predisposing factor, poor nail care routines play a role. Which type of body soaps or hand soaps do you use while grooming at home? Do you moisturize your nails and prevent nail damage by leaving your cuticle alone? To strengthen your nails and lower the risk of chips and other damages, you should eat a high calcium diet. Dairy such as milk and yogurt and fish meals not only have a positive impact on growth and development but also on your nails. Always eat well.
Most women use commercial products such as cuticle care and nail treatments to improve their looks. They also use nail polish removers to clear their nails before applying a fresh coat of polish, et cetera. While such products are generally safe, they can have a bad effect on your skin if you do not select the correct one. As such, while shopping, safety should be a priority. Buy products that will deliver the best results without harming your nails or affecting their structure or growth negatively. If you have reacted negatively to one or more of such products, consider using natural remedies such as lemon peels and juice. It can remove nail polish safely. Secondly, if you cannot live without nail polish but are tired of commercial products staining your nails, here is an additional tip for you. Apply a base coat before applying your favorite nail polish. This prevents staining and other issues. Finally, acrylic nails look good but might damage your natural nails over time if you apply and remove them incorrectly. Seek the help of a professional when it is time to change.
Whenever we wake up in the morning, most of us wash the face and use facial treatments to maintain clean and radiant skin. However, when was the last time you scrubbed your nails and use a soothing hand moisturizer to keep them soft? Probably never, right? This is the time to change this bad behavior. Use a quality hand soap to clean your nails, paying attention to the edges. For the best results, soak the nails in warm water for about 15 minutes to loosen grime and dirt. You can add a few drops of lime or lemon juice to the water to hasten the process and get rid of stains and other nasty stuff. Once the nails are soft, clean, and then pat them dry with a microfibre towel. You can shave the top layer if needed and use lotion or body oil to restore moisture.
Cut Your Nails
Long nails are trendy among women. However, they are also susceptible to breakages and infection from fungi and bacteria that can lead to nail loss. Therefore, as much as you might not like this tip, it is always a good idea to trim your nails often. Most women can do a good job by following these few steps. First, wash your nails. We have talked bout these in detail in the section above. If you need some more tips on how to do this correctly, you should check this video.
Once the nails are clean and dry, use a pair of sharp scissors to trim your nail to shape. Nail cutters also work great so you should consider using a sharp one as well. Try not to “over cut” your nails as this can cause bleeding and increase the risk of having a bacterial infection. Finally, file the nails to improve their shape and to prevent split ends. If you have hard or overgrown nails, you might need a high grit nail file to do a decent job. They take off more material but leave a rough edge that you might have to smooth with a low grit file.
Your nails are as important as other parts of the body so try to do your best to keep them in top shape. Nutrition should be good. Also, wash your nails as required, keep them short, and use the correct file to smooth edges to stop split ends.