How to Care for Your Nails? Keep Fingernails Healthy And Strong
Do your fingernails look healthy and strong? If you see areas of unusual color or shape, dents and/or ridges, then they are probably not. Nonetheless, through proper nail care, you can avoid many nail conditions that are not so desirable. Your attention may also be required if there is an indication of any underlying condition.
The following simple nail care guidelines should be following to keep fingernails looking their best:
Things to do:
Fingernails should be kept clean and dry. This way, fungi, bacteria and other organisms can be prevented from growing underneath the fingernails. When cleaning, using harsh chemicals or washing dishes, cotton-lined rubber gloves should be worn, and long soaks in the tub should be avoided. The fingernails should be filed using a nail drill and trimmed regularly. A sharp nail clipper or manicure scissors can be used to trim the nails. The nails should be trimmed straight across and in a gentle curve around the tips. When the nails are soft, for instance after a bath, they can be trimmed and files more easily. Moisturizer should also be used. Whenever hand lotion is used, it should be applied into the cuticles and the fingernails, as well.
Things to avoid:
The fingernails should never be abused. Nail damage can be prevented if the fingernails are not used as tools for picking, poking or prying things. Picking at the cuticles and biting the fingernails should be avoided too. The nail bed can get damaged by habits such as these. Bacteria or fungi can enter a fingernail even through a minor cut and an infection can occur as a result of this. Hangnails should never be pulled off because there is a chance that live tissue will also be ripped along with them. Instead, they should be carefully clipped off using a nail clipper. Nail problems that seem to be associated with other signs and symptoms or do not seem to go away on their own should never be ignored. A dermatologist or doctor should be consulted for an evaluation.
Nail Care Tips For Brittle Or Weak Nails:
Toughening up weak nails can be challenging. However, brittle or weak fingernails can be protected and the risk of breaking or splitting can be reduced. Nails should be kept short and should be filed using a nail drill because longer nails are prone to breaking or splitting. Along with applying moisturizer to fingernails as mentioned, wearing cotton gloves when going to bed should also be considered since the moisture will get sealed in the nails this way. The fingernails should be kept moisturizers by applying a thin coat of clear nail polish to them. The use of nail polish remover should be limited. Nail remover should not be used more than once a week. When it needs to be used, an acetone-free variety should be chosen. A doctor should be consulted about taking biotin supplements. According to some research, biotin can help brittle or weak fingernails become stronger.
The Role Of Manicures And Pedicures In Nail Care:
A few things should be kept in mind by those who frequently get their nails manicured or pedicured to keep them healthy. The salon should be state licensed and the technicians there should be licensed. The removal of cuticles can cause nail infection so that should be avoided. All tools, including the nail clipper, nail drill, etc. should all be sterilized by the technician during the procedure.
To be honest, there is a lot that can be done to keep fingernails healthy and strong. All you need to do is get started with basic nail care and not neglect your fingernails.