Healthy Tips for your nails





Nails paints can cover up flaws, but that doesn’t mean you should leave them unhealthy. From keeping them clean to a proper diet, it is essential to properly look after your nails.

Here are few nail care tips from Pammi Lall, director, Bio Sculpture India:

* Keeping your nails clean is the basic way to make them healthy.

* Apply petroleum jelly or olive oil on the cuticle to condition them daily at night.

* Avoid excessive filing as it damages the nails.

* Massaging will increase the blood supply in your nail, which in turn will make your nails stronger and shiny.

* Maintain a proper balanced diet. Eat food items rich in iron, protein and try to include fresh green vegetables.

Fingernail care: Do's and don'ts

To keep your fingernails looking their best, follow these simple guidelines.
Do:
  • Keep your fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria, fungi and other organisms from growing under your fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals, and avoid long soaks in the tub.
  • Trim and file your fingernails regularly. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. It might be easiest to trim and file your fingernails when they're soft, such as after bathing.
  • Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
Don't:
  • Abuse your fingernails. To prevent nail damage, don't use your fingernails as tools to pick, poke or pry things.
  • Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
  • Ignore problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn't seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.

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