It is not always easy to keep nails strong and healthy, but with these 5 tips, you can get rid of cracked cuticles and other nail problems once and for all!
Hands and feet are literally the tools with which we move around the world, yet we often neglect them. Apart from their aesthetic quality to groomed hands and nails, there are also some health benefits to having a mani. Your hands store many nerves and they are also essential to the circulation of the body’s blood, thus, keeping your hands healthy and free of hangnails and other cuts can prevent infections of the blood. The sheer act of caring for your nails is a self-care act. On top of that, you can use nail polish to reap the benefits of colors and evoke positivity. Here’s the solution to 5 common nail problems:
1. Brittle nails
Nails typically contain 18% water and when this percentage drops, they become brittle. When nails are too dry, they tend to snap –not tear. You can fix this using some natural oil to hydrate them. Jojoba or avocado oil are extremely useful as they can penetrate nail layers. Try including more zinc –pumpkin seeds and lentils are great sources–, as zinc is essential for nail growth.
2. Flaking nails
Peeling nails or splitting nails are similar to split ends of hair, and filing them weekly is similar to trimming your hair. Use a fine nail file once a week so the peeling part of the nail grows out. Always wear gloves when doing the chores, as water will make the situation worse. You can also wear nail polish to protect your nails and boost your magnesium intake to strengthen your nails –spinach, Swiss chard and pulses are good sources.
3. Thin nails
Naturally soft nails tend to bend easily and though there is not much you can do about it, but a quality gel polish will allow your nails to grow and protect them. Avoid buffing your nails and make sure you get enough vitamin D, vitamin A and calcium.
Discolored nails can occur if you have an infection –so make sure you consult a doctor. It can also be due to hair dye or nail polish, and in that case, buffing the superficial layer very lightly will remove it.
Hangnails are the jagged pieces of skin that jut out from around the sides of your nails. You can remove them at home, just make sure not to pull them –place the blades of the cuticle nippers and gently squeeze. Try soothing sore cuticles with oil and if the nail separates from the nail bed, make an appointment with a professional.
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