Although nails may seem to be unimportant growths in the body, these hard little things can actually determine the state of your health. Your fingernails can even reflect your personality and how much you value hygiene and cleanliness. But if you want to get strong and healthy fingernails, using strengthening products available in the market may not be the best thing to do.
Below are some tips you can do to get strong and healthy fingernails and to strengthen them.
1. Know That Water Is Bad For Your Nails. It is important for you to know that water is the number one nemesis of your nails. Thus, it would be better if you do not soak your nails in water for a long time. However, if you think that you will be doing activities that will require your nails to get soaked in water for a long time; you can wear rubber gloves or shoes to protect the nails in your hands and feet. If you cannot do that, be sure to eat healthy foods that are helpful in keeping your nails stronger.
2. Eat Well For Stronger Nails. Proteins are important in keeping your nails hard and strong. If you are vegetarian, just look for other sources of protein aside from meat and poultry. Sulfur is also helpful in keeping them beautiful and strong. Other types of food that you may want to include in your diet to boost the health of your nails are garlic, leafy greens and fruits.
3. Nails Should Not Be Used As Tools. Many think that nails are created to help people remove stickers from surfaces; get rid of stubborn grease and food particles in pots and pans, or open letters and cans. However, it is important to note that your nails are not meant to be used as tools. If you break or chip your nails, you will be more susceptible to diseases and infections, such as warts and nail fungus.
4. Keep An Emery Board At Hand At All Times. It may be a wise idea to keep an emery board available in areas where you spend a lot of time working. This way, you can easily smooth your nails when you see chips and cracks to prevent further damage. As mentioned earlier, even small breaks and cuts in your nails and skin can make you prone to several nail problems and conditions.
5. Never Bite Your Nails. Aside from being unsanitary, biting your nails is not a very good habit to keep. Will you trust a person who is chewing on his or her nails in front of you? No. Besides, nail biting can make nails ugly, uneven and too short.
6. Make Sure That Your Nails Are Short. Ideally, nails should be trimmed and cut regularly so their length is just a few centimeters longer than the base of your fingers. Keeping nails short can make it easier for you to clean and maintain them. If ever you plan to keep your nails long, make sure that you keep them clean regularly and strengthen them with oils and lotions whenever you can.
7. Always Wear Rubber Gloves. It would be a great idea to wear gloves every time you handle water, chemicals and cleaning products. The ingredients in soaps and other cleaning materials can be harmful not only to your nails, but also to your hands.
8. Medicate At First Sign Of Infection. Once you see that your nails may be suffering from infection like nail fungus, it would be ideal to use medication immediately. Most common nail problems spread to your other nails easily if not quickly eliminated. An all-natural anti-fungal system that is helpful in fighting nail fungus is Somasin.
9. Limit Your Usage of Nail Polishers and Removers. Nail polishers and removers can contain chemicals that will actually make your nails brittle. These toxins can be absorbed through the skin. Only use nail polish remover for once a week. It is better to use an acetone-free nail polish remover than those with acetone formulas which can worsen nail dryness and peeling. If you use nail polish, use a base coat underneath it to prevent yellowing.
10. Prepare An Essential Oil Blend For Strong and Healthy Fingernails. You pour into a bottle (preferably one that has a dropper), 3 drops each of tea tree essential oil, rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil and lemon essential oil. Next you pierce 3 Vitamin E gel caplets and squeeze the contents into the bottle. Finally, you add in 2 tablespoons of either sweet almond oil or jojoba oil into the bottle. When you use this mixture, you use a dropper to squeeze 2 to 3 drops of it and massage it to your nails and cuticles every day before you go to bed.
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