It takes a lot of effort and time that goes into taking care of your nails. But all that is not in vain, as there is a sense of power and position in a beautiful set of nails. Naturally, they could in vibrant and beautiful colored polish, or nude colored polish, or even polish free clean nails. Having a healthy set of nails is a real confidence booster for one’s self. Whether it’s selfcare or even routine, it is a must to take care of them. Trust me it is a worthwhile investment, but it is an investment not measured through money, but time.
To simply achieve strong and healthy nails, there are ways to take care of them without the use of expensive nail care tools. Also get rid of bad habits like biting your nails or the sides of your finger. So here are some of the tips that you can follow to achieve strong and healthy nails.
FIRSTLY, STRENGTHEN YOUR NAILS
As it is a must that we moisturize our skin, it is important to moisturize your nails as well. If you have dry and brittle nails, then you must moisturize them. When moisturizing, always start at the beginning of your nail care routine. Hand lotion is the best type of moisturizer that you can use. When applying, pay a little extra attention to them.
DO NOT DAMAGE YOUR CUTICLES
It is often seen at nail salons and nail art stylists, that they push back or cut off the cuticle, do not do that. The cuticle acts as the nails’ natural and also protective seal. So cutting them or damaging them in any way is very harmful for the health of your nails. By doing so, you are leaving your nails in a vulnerable position of getting infections. If your cuticles appear to be dry, apply hand lotion or nail oils, as dry cuticles may cause harm to the nail bed, preventing your nails from growing out properly.
AVOID EXCESS CONTACT WITH WATER
It is a must to always wash your hands and nails for personal hygiene, but don’t expose your nails to a water body for long periods of time. When you have excessive contact with water, they become weaker, by weakening the nail structure. You may experience when your nail is bendy and soft after you have taken a shower. By exposing them to water for long time periods, leaves a crucial strain on the nail cells called onychocytes, which leads to peeling, brittle and breaking.
BE GENTLE WITH YOUR NAILS
Especially when you dig dirt out of your nails, you use the sharp end of the nail filer. Though this is the recommended method, this could also be damaging if you’re not careful. If it’s done in a harsh way, the underlying nail bed could be damaged and be susceptible to bacterial infections.
CAREFUL WHEN APPLYING NAIL POLISH
When applying nail polish, always make sure to apply a base coat that is not harmful for your nails. Afterwards, apply the nail polish gently on the nail. But don’t over do this as well but rather, apply light coats. Never apply on top of the cuticle, always avoid the cuticle and only apply on the nail. If you happen to accidentally apply, remove it using a nail polish remover.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE EASY AND HARMLESS NAIL CARE REMEDIES FOR SHINY AND HEALTHY NAILS?
Rather than spending time and also money at a nail salon, you can get your manicure done, right at the comfort of your home, following some home remedies. With just some common ingredients, you can achieve your desired shiny and healthy nails, and moreover, prevent bacterial infections.
For those who are frequently taking care of your nails, it is best to opt for natural remedies rather than harmful, and not to mention expensive chemical nail care products. So, here are some of the effective and natural remedies that you can find from your home.
It is not a surprise for olive oil to make it to the list, olive oil makes them shiny and also nourishes the cuticles. In addition, olive oil has moisturizing qualities.
APPLICATION: Clean properly. Then pour the desired amount to a small bowl and dip your fingers in for about 15 minutes. Wipe with a clean towel and repeat this process for best results.
Lemon or even lime are amazing cleansers and are also helps to get rid of discoloration.
APPLICATION: Add 1 tsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp of lemon juice to a small bowl of water. Mix it and dip your fingers in for about 10 minutes. Using an old toothbrush or any brush suitable, scrub gently and wash it clean. Instead of baking soda, sea salt is an effective alternative.
Rose water is best for its mood enhancer qualities, but also benefits the nails as well. It acts as an antiseptic, antibacterial and also an antioxidant and also moisturizing.
APPLICATION: Apply rose water on nails after cleaning them.