Your fingernails are composed of laminated layers of a protein called keratin. Healthy fingernails are smooth, without pits or grooves. They’re uniform in color and consistency and free of spots or discoloration.
Sometimes fingernails develop harmless vertical ridges that run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical ridges tend to become more prominent with age. Fingernails can also develop white lines or spots due to injury, but these eventually grow out with the nail.
For me nails are like an accessory and need equal attention as our skin, hiding it under nail paint is not the solution. Take good care of your nails before it turns yellow and become unhealthy.
Examine your nails-
- Do they look weak & unhealthy?
- Do you see ridges and dents?
- Any unusual color or shape ?
- Thinning or thickening of the nails?
- Separation of the nail from the surrounding skin?
- Bleeding around the nails?
- Swelling or pain around the nails?
If your answer to any of the above question is yes, it’s high time you start taking your nails seriously. Few nail conditions can be avoided through proper fingernail care but others might indicate an underlying condition that needs attention.
Tips to Prevent Nail Damage
1. Clean and Dry
Always keeps your finger nails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria growth under your nails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes or using harsh chemicals to prevent split fingernails.
Practice good nail hygiene. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve.
When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
4. Medical Help
Ask your doctor about biotin. Some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.
5. Do not bite
Habits like biting fingernails or picking at cuticles can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
6. Do not pull off hangnails
Carefully clip off hangnails instead of pulling it as it might rip out live tissue.
7. Nail Paint Remover
Replace your usual nail polish remover with acetone-free formula.
8. Manicure & Pedicure
Regular manicure and pedicure is a very good way to pamper. Before choosing the salon, keep few things in mind like presence of well qualified technicians, do not cut or remove your cuticles and tools are well sterilized.
Neglecting nails is easy but taking some basic steps can keep your fingernails healthy and strong.
General Nail Care
Help nails grow healthy and strong, whatever the length.
Wear Gloves to protect your manicured hands
Instead of cutting, push back the cuticles.
Wear the color that makes you feel radiant and beautiful, go with your heart.
Nourish your cuticles with vitamin e moisturize to nourish and soften cuticles.
Don’t be scared of nail paints, be scared of cheap and unhealthy brands
Always file nails in one direction to a smooth and clean shape.
The shape of your nails should follow the shape of your cuticle.
Apply a single layer of a base coat made specifically for your nail type (dry, brittle, weak, aging, etc).
The French manicure never goes out of style.
Always use a base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat.
Avoid filing nails when fresh out of the shower.
Keep feet nails in tip-top shape year-round – happy feet are healthy feet.