You point and wave your fingernails in people’s faces all day so you want them to be as clean and neat as you keep your hair, skin, clothes and shoes. Proper nail care is sometimes overlooked because it seems easy enough for men and women to clip them when they are long and get manicures and pedicures for a professional look. But, these actions are not enough for healthy nails. Here are nail care tips for you to practise daily to keep a tidy image and have strong nails at all times.
Clean and dry your nails thoroughly
Check your nails regularly for dirt and clean them. Wash your hands with soap or salt in warm water. Remove the dirt with a nailbrush, toothbrush, toothpick, cuticle pusher or an orange stick. Dry your hands with a washrag properly after cleaning them.
Clip, file and buff nails regularly
Nail care includes healthy cuticles
Disinfect your nail tools
Moisturise hands with oils and creams
Your nails usually benefit from the moisturisers that you use during skin care. However, you may want to use oils and creams specifically made for nail care to achieve strong, well-nourished nails. Five recommended products for nail care are:
Dior Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream for Nails
Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
CND SolarOil Nail and Cuticle Conditioner
L’Occitane Shea Nail and Cuticle Oil
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil
Proper nutrition for nail care
Nail care requires a proper diet enriched with Biotin. Eat Biotin-rich foods like egg yolk, dairy products, salmon, avocado, sweet potato, nuts, seeds and cauliflower. Take B-Complex vitamin, Vitamin B7, coenzyme R or Vitamin H to add Biotin to your diet. This aids in the metabolism of protein-building amino acids that are essential for nail growth (source).
Protect your nails with gloves
Nail design precautions
– choose a nail polish that does not include harsh chemicals that will cause headaches, nausea, dizziness and respiratory problems, damage to your nails, liver, kidneys, reproductive system and nerves, or irritate your eyes, nose and skin. Some harsh chemicals are Phtalates (Dibutylphthalate or Diethylhexyl Phthalate, Toluene or Methylbenzene, Xylene, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Ethyltosylamide and Triphenylphosphate.
September 2019 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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