Nail care is an important part of care for the whole body. Not only does it makes you look more attractive, but proper nail care also can help prevent nail problems and keep the nails of your fingers and toes healthy.
Taking care of nails is actually not a difficult task. Here are some simple steps that can help you to keep your fingernails and toenails look at their best.
- Don’t bite your nails
Nail biting is a bad habit that can not only make your nails look terrible, but is also could cause you to develop a bacterial infection or ingrown nails. so always use a nail cutter to cut your nails. If you have a nail biting problem, try to stop it by dipping your nails in bitter-tasting substances or by polishing them.
- Keep your nails dry and clean
Take time to wash in and around your nails. Soak your fingers and toes in warm soapy water and use a soft brush to clean them. This prevents bacteria, fungi or other organisms from growing under the nails.
- Trim and file your nails regularly
It is important to regularly trim and file your nails with the help of sharp manicure clippers. Never use any blunt tool to trim your nails as it can cause damage. You must trim your nails depending upon the growth rate of your nails.
- Never pull off hangnails
Do not pulling off hangnails as it can cause damage to the surrounding skin area. Instead clip off hangnails, leaving a slight angle outward.
- Wear gloves when cleaning or washing dishes
Avoid keeping your hands in soapy water as the longer your hands are in contact with soap or detergent, the more damage to your nails.
- Moisturize your nails frequently
You should also moisturize your nails frequently especially if you’re constantly changing nail polishes. This will keep your nails from becoming too dry, which can lead to brittle nails. When using a hand lotion or moisturizer, you must apply it both on the nails as well as the cuticles. Olive oil is a great moisturizer for healthy nails and before going to bed you can use this oil to keep your nails well moisturized.
- Eating a healthy balanced diet
What we eat directly affects our nails. Eating a diet rich in calcium and zinc will help in avoiding discoloration and chipping of nails. You can even take a biotin supplement or fish oil to keep your fingernails or toenails strong and healthy.