Everyone, especially women loves having healthy, beautiful and strong nails. But, before getting into the nail care tips, let’s take a quick look at what fingernails actually are. Nails both of toes and fingers are made of Keratin which is a protein and fingernails grow fast, about 1.2 centimeters in a month.
If you don’t take care of fingernails, they can harbor bacteria, become brittle and just plain unattractive. Our fingernails are always so exposed, so we must concerned about the appearance of our nails.
1. Keep your nails hydrated.
When rubbing lotion or oil into your hands, make sure you work it into the cuticles and nails, too. It will keep your cuticles from looking dry and rough. Try to moisturize after every wash, if possible. Coconut oil, Argan Oil and Olive Oil is excellent for rubbing into your nails.
2. Care for your cuticles
Your cuticles are part of your skin. They sit atop your nails’ growth matrix, which is the part of your nails that grows. Cuticles may seem unnecessary (and rather unattractive), but when treated with care, they help protect the nail and surrounding skin. Avoid having your cuticles trimmed during a manicure. Cuticles are meant to be a barrier for bacteria, and cutting them can lead to painful infections. You can moisten and push them back with a cuticle pusher, and trim away only dead pieces of skin.
3. Trim your nails often, but do not be overzealous.
Trimming nails regularly helps you to maintain healthy nails and helps to avoid snagging or breaking. If your nails begin to hurt at the edges, you might be developing an ingrown nail; try to trim away the painful growth before it goes too deep, but it can be tempting to keep on trimming your nails (for the sake of convenience, aesthetic, or compulsion) even after you’ve removed the cuticle. If you trim too deeply, however, you will expose the sensitive skin beneath the nail, and you may increase your risk of infection. It would be wiser to seek a health care professional.
4. Clean With a Soft Nail Brush
Women themselves or the manicurist are trying so diligently to clean under the nail that they end up with a kind of a gap between the nail and the nail bed. This kind of aggressive nail care is an open door to bacterial or fungal infections. Instead, scrub gently with an soft-fashioned nail brush for healthy nails. It works better than any object that scrapes the grime out, as those can cause you to accidentally push dirt further or damage under nail bed.
5. Biting your nails
These habits can damage the nail bed. Your mouth is a dirty area, and saliva is an enzyme that breaks down skin. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
It’s easy to neglect your nails, but taking some basic steps can keep your fingernails healthy and strong.