Fingernails: Dos and Don’t of Healthy Nails

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When it comes to your nails you might need to look closer to observe the subtlest of differences to pinpoint whether or not they are healthy. Fingernails are not just a fashion statement; they also serve as indicators of our overall health. Maintaining healthy nails goes beyond aesthetics, as they can be windows to underlying issues in our bodies. In this article, we will explore the dos and don'ts of achieving and maintaining healthy fingernails.

The Dos:

keep your nails clean

1. Keep Nails Clean.

Given that the hands are arguably one of the most used areas of the body, dirt, bacteria, and germs can easily enter the fingernails and enter the body if the hands are not maintained clean. Therefore, it is recommended that you routinely wash your nails with a mild soap to get rid of dirt and bacteria and to keep them looking nice and healthy.

high-quality moisturiser or nail oil

 

1. Moisturize Regularly.

Your nails, like your skin, requires hydration. To keep your nails and cuticles nourished, use a high-quality moisturiser or nail oil. Jojoba oil is highly recommended because its composition is comparable to that of natural oil or sebum. Making moisturising your nails a daily routine will help prevent brittleness and lessen the chance of hangnails.

1. Maintain a Balanced Diet.

Your nails could be a telltale sign on your overall health. It is important that you pay attention to your diet as well as seek ways to improve it. A well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins is crucial for healthy nails. Include foods high in biotin, such as eggs, nuts, and whole grains, as biotin is essential for nail health.

 Trim your Nails Regularly

1. Trim your Nails Regularly.

Now, here something you shouldn’t compromise on, trimming! In order to maintain a neat appearance and prevent snagging, it is an essential habit- You don’t want those nails tugging at your precious sheet and all of that stuff. Use sharp, clean nail scissors or clippers, and cut straight across to avoid ingrown nails.

wear gloves when doing the dishes

1. Protect Your Nails.

Wear gloves when you are doing the dishes, gardening and any other household chores, or any activity that may expose your nails to harsh chemicals or excessive moisture. This helps prevent damage and breakage.

stay hydrated for beautiful nails

1. Stay Hydrated.

If you haven't been drinking enough water, you should start. You might need to get caught up quickly. It may come as a surprise, but drinking enough water not only benefits your body, but it also helps your nails stay flexible and less prone to breakage.

1. Choose Safe Nail Products.

Pay attention to the quality of your nail polish and other nail supplies. You must be cautious about what you apply to your nails. You should choose items that are free of dangerous substances such as formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. These chemicals have the potential to weaken and destroy your nails over time.

1. Take Breaks From Nail Enhancements

If you routinely use acrylics, gel polish, or artificial nails. You may need to take a short break now and again to allow your nails to breathe and recover. Not taking these pauses can be damaging to your nails.

See our post on how to remove manicures without damaging your nails.

The Don'ts:

Avoid Biting Your Nails

1. Avoid Biting Your Nails.

Nail biting is a difficult habit to stop, but it is one that must be done. Nail biting is not only a terrible habit, but it may also be harmful to your nails. You might take in dirt or pathogens, and it may also cause uneven nail surfaces and cuticle damage.

1. Don't Use Nails as Tools.

This is a common mistake that we all make from time to time. Avoid using your nails as tools to open cans, packages, or conduct any other actions that place undue strain on them, since this can lead to cracks and breaks.

1. Limit Excessive Use of Nail Hardeners.

While nail hardeners might be beneficial to your nails, you don't want to overdo it. Excessive usage of harderners can simply make your nails too hard and inflexible, leading to brittleness and breakage.

1. Say No to Acetone.

You should avoid acetone-free nail polish removers because they can be harsh and drying to your nails. The use of acetone-free removers reduces the risk of dehydration.

Avoid Picking at nail cuticles

1. Avoid Picking at Cuticles.

You should refrain from picking at your cuticles as this could lead to infections and even when you use a cuticle pusher it has to be done gently to avoid damaging the cuticle in the process.

1. Skip Rough Nail Files.

Coarse or rough nail files can cause splintering and breakage. Use a fine-grit file and file in one direction to shape your nails gently. Even better use a Japanese file as this are softer on the nails and you wouldn’t have to worry about damaging it.

1. Don't Ignore Changes in Nail Color or Texture.

If you notice any changes in the colour, texture, or thickness of your nails, don't ignore them. These changes could be signs of underlying health issues, and it's essential to consult a healthcare professional.

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