Top tips for healthy nails Top tips for healthy nails

Top tips for healthy nails

Strong and shiny nails are a huge part of an orderly and clean appearance, but how do we protect them and avoid common issues? We share our favorite tips for strong and healthy nails.

1. DIET

Our diet has an impact on our nails

Our diet has an impact on every part of our body, including our nails. It is important to consume enough calcium, iron, and vitamins to keep out nails looking good. Up your intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts and calcium-fortified foods.

2. SHOES

Shoes that are too tight could break your toenails

Always use flip flops when using common areas at the gym or at the local pool and don’t wear shoes that are too tight. This way you will avoid breaking your toenails and getting fungus infections. Dry your feet feel after a bath or shower and avoid putting a sock on wet feet. For the same reason, use gloves when you do the cleaning or washing up and always moisturize afterward.

3. NAIL VARNISH

Your varnish may be behind your nail problems

Strange as it sounds, your varnish may be behind your nail problems. The pigment may soak your nails, drying them out and changing the color, and the harsh chemicals we use to remove it are not doing us any favors either. Stick to natural nails and use your varnish for special occasions. And if you just can’t go without it, use a protective coat first and look out for brands that don’t use chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP.

4. GENERAL CARE

1. Do not cut or manipulate the cuticles. The cuticle is the natural barrier that protects us from fungi and bacteria, and once it is removed, protection is lost.

2. Use nail hardeners sparingly, or not at all, unless your nails are exceptionally weak and brittle, most people don't benefit from a nail hardener.

3. Hydrate the nail bed and cuticle, if your nails are prone to breakage, it could mean that they need moisture, so we recommend using cuticle oil at bedtime.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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