Your nails can tell you a lot about yourself. Learn how to take care of them!
To keep your nails in good shape, nutrition is essential. It is important to get a good supply of vitamins A and B and essential minerals.
Vitamin A: fruits and vegetables such as carrots, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkin.
Vitamin B: nutritional yeast, wheat germ. You may also want to take vitamin compounds to strengthen your nails.
Minerals: legumes and nuts are both sources of iron, calcium, and iodine. And potatoes and aubergines are very rich in zinc, which is essential for the synthesis of collagen.
There are also some topical solutions to consider.
1. Massage your nails with oil and lemon juice.
Mix almond or olive oil with lemon juice and apply on your nails using a cotton ball or a dropper. Do this at least twice a week in the mornings and before going to bed.
2. Use wheat germ, sea salt, and lemon juice soak.
Mix two teaspoons of fine sea salt with two drops of lemon juice and add a spoonful of wheat germ (ideal for healthy nails) and place in a bowl of warm water.
Soak your nails for 10 to 15 minutes. Then pat dry and apply hand cream. Do it twice a week and you will notice the results.
3. Soak your nails with olive oil mixed with apple cider vinegar and beer.
Mix one part olive oil, one part ACV and two parts beer and soak your nails in it for about 15 minutes. Pat dry and apply hand cream. If you do this once a week, your nails will stop breaking.
4. Use the right shoes
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.
5. Nail varnish
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.
6. 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.