3 Things You Need to Do If You Want Healthy Nails
Nails have the potential to be stunningly beautiful. They can show off your personality and add that perfect finishing touch to your look. Of course, that’s all easier to do when your nails are healthy and strong. Do you know what you need to do between your appointments to protect the health of your nails?
Keep Them Clean and Dry
Let’s start out by pointing out something important: moisturizing is important, especially for your cuticles. When it comes to your actual nails, however, it’s best to keep them clean and dry. A nail brush can help you clean underneath your nails without risking damage to the nail bed. Wear dish gloves if you’re washing dishes by hand. That way the hot, soapy water won’t dry out your nails and weaken them.
Keep Them Neatly Trimmed
How you trim your nails can impact their strength. If you’re trimming your own nails, trim them straight across and then gently round the tips. That will help preserve the strength of the nail. Make sure that whether you use scissors or clippers, the implement is sharp and clean. Use a fine file to smooth over the edges. That way you’ll avoid your nails snagging on things and reduce the risk of them breaking. Reduce the risk of either of those things happening even further by not using your nails as tools. We know it’s tempting, but that’s how nails tear and break.
Watch What You Eat and Drink
What you eat and drink has an impact on how healthy and strong your nails are, just like it does the rest of you. B vitamins, magnesium, iron, zinc, and vitamin C are some of the vitamins and minerals that support healthy nails. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet is a good way to make sure that you’re giving your nails what they need to be healthy. Drinking enough fluids, especially water, will keep you hydrated. This is important for your nails because they are more prone to being brittle, chipping, and breaking when you are dehydrated.
Taking good care of your nails doesn’t have to be complicated. Sure, we’ll take good care of them when you’re in for your appointment. In the meantime, make choices that will help protect the health of your nails. That way they’ll be beautiful and strong no matter when your last appointment was.
Healthy nails start with healthy cuticles. Read this next to learn more: Helpful Tips for Healthy Cuticles