November 10, 2022 by Marjorie R. Rogers, MA (English), Certified Consultant
It’s simple to neglect your nail care after a challenging week. However, it’s crucial to uphold healthy habits, such as routinely using nail clippers, to keep your nails in excellent condition. Eating biotin foods such as zinc, protein, vitamin B9, and omega-3 fatty acids will also help your nails look great. Also, you can try various manicure techniques if you want your nails to look lively and fun!
In this post, we’ll talk about how to make your nails appear more styling.
Use of Gel nails
One of life’s greatest pleasures is having beautiful nails, so it’s unfortunate that you or your manicurist only put their all into a design for it to fade after a day or two. You may not be aware that, in addition to saving the lives of those of us prone to chipped nails with a gel manicure, you can use gel polish to create even the most intricate nail designs. The best gel nail kit can help you achieve a glossy, salon-quality finish for your at-home manicure so you can enjoy experimenting with new colors and fixing those annoying chips.
Take the Right Food
If you consume meat and other animal products, consider incorporating chicken, lean red meat, dairy, and eggs into your diet. You can also choose whole grains, nuts, and soybeans, regardless of your dietary preferences. Watch your nails to see if they get stronger and fuller as you make these minor nutritional adjustments.
Look for B9 supplements, also known as folic acid, at your local drugstore or vitamin store. Significantly, read the label to determine how many capsules you should take daily, and then begin incorporating the supplements into your daily health regimen.
- Consult your doctor to see if vitamin B9 supplements are good for you based on your current medications.
- If your nails are prone to peeling, Vitamin B9 can help.
Biotin is a B vitamin, also known as vitamin H and vitamin B7. Because it is water-soluble, it is not stored by the body, so you must consume it daily.
Biotin can aid in the strengthening of hair and nails. It also aids in the proper functioning of the body’s nervous system.
You can obtain it from foods such as sardines, cooked eggs, legumes, or a B vitamin supplement. However, before taking a biotin supplement, please consult your doctor to ensure it is safe.
Care for your Cuticles
It’s best if you avoid trimming cuticles while getting a manicure. Cutting your cuticles can cause painful infections because they are intended to serve as a barrier against bacteria. You can moisten them and use a cuticle pusher to push them back, removing only the dead skin.
At the very least, protect your cuticles by dabbing them with olive or almond oil before getting a traditional manicure to lessen the chemical that soaks in from the polish.
Be Careful about the Products you Use
Hand sanitizer and cleaning products
If you use hand sanitizer, avoid getting it on your nails and use it sparingly. The alcohol-based sanitizer dries out the nails (and hands), causing them to become brittle.
Significantly, wear rubber gloves when cleaning around the house. Many cleaning products and cleaning wipes contain chemicals that can cause nail weakness. Gloves aid in avoiding contact with these chemicals.
Nail polish and remover
Many nail polishes and treatments contain harsh chemicals that can weaken your nails. It would be best to avoid acetone-containing nail polish remover because it can cause nail damage. Look for acetone-free polish remover and nontoxic nail polishes.
Other potentially harmful chemicals found in every day nail care products have been warned about by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Toluene, dibutyl phthalate, dimethyl and diethyl phthalates, camphor, and formaldehyde are common ingredients in nail polish. Fortunately, some companies make polishes that do not contain these chemicals; however, carefully read the label before purchasing.
Use Moisturizer and Stay Hydrated
When applying lotion or oil to your hands, make sure to massage it into your cuticles and nails as well. Handwashing or using hand sanitizer regularly can quickly dry out the skin and nail bed, so moisturize after each wash if possible. Coconut oil is great for rubbing into your cuticles and nails.
Drinking enough water is essential for overall health, including nail health. Without sufficient moisture, nails can become brittle and easily break and peel. Drinking plenty of water allows them to retain moisture and remain strong.
Buff instead of Color
Although it is not as flashy or eye-catching as color, a little buffing can go a long way. If you take the time to trim correctly, file, and buff your nails, you’ll be surprised at how good they can look despite being natural. Notably, never saw back and forth with a file to avoid weakening your nails. Always file the nail from the outside edge inward.
Stop biting, picking, peeling, and any other damaging fussing you may be inflicting on your nails. The topmost layer of the nail plate contains cells that keep the nail lubricated and strong, and when polish peels off in sheets, that vital layer of cells tends to peel off as well.
Weak or brittle nails can make you self-conscious because our nails can send messages to others. Fortunately, you can do many things to make your nails stronger and better.
Consult your doctor if you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked. Your nails may be weak or brittle due to an underlying condition, and the only way to restore their strength is to treat the underlying condition.
About Author (Marjorie R. Rogers)
The inspiring mum of 6 who dedicates her time to supporting others. While battling with her own demons she continues to be the voice for others unable to speak out. Mental illness almost destroyed her, yet here she is fighting back and teaching you all the things she has learned along the way. Get Started To Read …