Here are some nail care habits you need to imbibe in order to achieve healthy, clean nails.
Keep your hands clean.
Wash your hands with soap and clean water to keep it free from dirt. If you have nail polish, remove the colours with acetone-free nail remover or you may apply soap to a toothbrush and gently scrub the nails and skin. This will also take away dirt and exfoliate dead skin without exposing your nails from harsh, drying chemicals or expensive scrubs.
Trim your nails regularly.
If your hair requires regular trimming, the same holds true with your nails. Clip your nails every two weeks or adjust to more or less often once you see how your nails respond.
Do not cut the cuticles.
Cuticles are important in keeping our nails’ health. It seals the area at the base of the nail. Cutting it off breaks the seal of protection, making you vulnerable to bacteria and infection. If you want to get rid of your cuticle, the perfect way to do it is to push back the cuticle once a week using a wooden orange stick after shower, then massage them gently with a cuticle cream or thick, creamy lotion.
Be gentle on your nails.
Because your nails are delicate, avoid scrubbing them too roughly. This exposes your nails to infection. Do not use metal nail tools under the nail. Excessive digging under the nail plate causes it to separate from the skin, leading to irregular white arch nail tip.
Prioritize nail health over length.
For women, it is nice to look at long nails. However, if you cannot maintain such length or you struggled from snags or breakage, keep it short. A rounded edge nails are easier to manage and appear clean and neat. Go for strengthening and keeping your nails clean. It is always good to have clean and healthy nails.
Moisturize your nails.
It is a good habit to moisturize your nails at night. To moisturize your nails, use a mix of almond and avocado oils to keep cuticles and nails hydrated overnight. If you don’t have this particular oil, you can use nutrient-rich oil or moisturizer to retain moisture to your nails. You can even use a dab of lip balm.
Protect your hands and nails
Use gloves when you are cleaning and exposing your delicate hands and nails to harsh chemicals, gardening or even washing dishes. Washing dishes in hot, soapy water weakens the nails so it is better to wear protective gloves when you do this chore. The same goes with laundry. If you are living in a country with cold weather, always wear your mittens so the cold air and wind don’t ruin the health of your hands and nails, By doing so will also prevent you from having dry, flaky and scaly skin.
Give your nails a break from polish.
Don’t wear your nail polish for too long. Allow your nails to have time to rest and repair. Having one strong polish and changing it to another color without breaks can dry out your nails, turn them to yellow and over time, weakens the nail structure.
Read the back labels before purchasing nail polish.
Like skin and hair care products, not all nail polish brands are created equal. Stay away from polishes with toxic chemicals like dibutyl phthalate, formaledehyde and toluene. These chemicals can contribute to brittleness, splitting and cracking of nails.
Take care of your nail tools.
To keep your nails from unwanted infection caused by bacteria, disinfect your nail tools between uses. Wash metal nail tools with soap and water and wipe it with rubbing alcohol. Replace emery board or nail file regularly especially if it starts to tatter.
Source: Health Digezt