Many of us spend so much time caring for our skin and hair and spend so little time caring for our nails. For most people, nail care simply means putting a coat or two of polish and voila everything’s good. But the truth is your nails need more than a mani and a pedi. In fact, coating your nails with polish too often is bad for your nails.
So how should you care for your nails? Here are simple tips in maintaining your nails.
Nail Care Tips
Keep your cuticles moisturized. If you want to keep a healthy set of nails, the easiest way to do it is to keep your cuticles moisturized. It is not only unsightly to have dry and cracked cuticles but they can make you prone to bacterial infections and getting one could send you straight to a doctor’s office. To keep your cuticles moisturized, apply a cuticle oil on them every day.
An excellent choice is the Argan oil
. The oil is loaded with nutrients with powerful moisturizing properties such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and sterols. Aside from being an excellent moisturizer, Vitamin E also strengthen the nails therefore preventing tearing and hangnails. By regularly applying oil to your cuticles, you’d have an easier time pushing them back. You can also use jojoba oil or olive oil as your cuticle oil.
Push your cuticles back. Many people believe that they need to cut their cuticles in order to have a beautiful set of nails. This is actually not true. Keeping your cuticles pushed back is more ideal and is actually essential in keeping the nails healthy. At the base of your nail is a living tissue called the eponychium and in most cases, people mistake the eponychium for their cuticle. Cutting the eponychium makes it highly possible for the new nail to sustain damage. A cut in the eponychium also opens you to the risk of infection. You’ll need to use an orangewood stick to gently push your cuticles back. You’ll be surprised just how well groomed and clean your nails look like with pushed back cuticles.
Always file in one direction. You should make filing your nails a regular part of your nail care
regimen no matter at what length your nails are at. File in one direction so you avoid nail splitting
. Use an emery board in filing your nails. If you have really brittle nails, it would be best to use a glass or crystal nail file since these types of file are gentler to the nails.
Follow these nail care
tips to keep them healthy.
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