How to Take Care of Your Finger Nails

Have you ever wondered why some ladies have such gorgeous nails? Well, you can have it too. All you have to do is pamper your nails and take good care of it along with a good healthy balanced diet.

Nail care is a part of personal grooming. Just like you take care of your hair, face, hands, feet, eyes, etc, you should also take good care of your finger nails. Chipped or brittle, split nails and discoloration are common nail problems.

For your finger nails to be healthy, you can follow some Useful Simple Tips:-

1. Healthy Balanced Diet:-

You should include plenty of fresh fruits and raw vegetables in your diet inorder to get sufficient amount of vitamins, minerals and enzymes necessary to keep your nails healthy. Eat broccoli, fish and onions - They are rich in Silicon whereas foods like Whole Grains contains Biotin. Eat foods that are rich in zinc, iron, potassium and Vitamin B - This will help you to strengthen your nails. Carrot juice is rich in Calcium and Phosphorous. Lack of Vitamin A and Calcium will cause dryness and brittleness in nails, whereas lack of Protein, Folic Acid and Vitamin C causes hangnails and so on. Therefore, healthy balanced diet is extremely important.

2. Water and Fruit Juices:-

Drink lots of water everyday. This will keep your body hydrated and help you to maintain healthy nails. Fruit juices are a good option too.

3. Protect Your Nails:-

Wear gloves while washing clothes, utensils, gardening or any form of labor that involves your hand so as to protect your nails from chemicals like soaps and detergents, moisture, dirt and water. Otherwise, it can cause dry, brittle and split nails.

4. Use Tools, Not Nails:-

Stop using your nails as tools. Spare your nails from the jobs of scraping, scratching, removing staples, opening boxes or lids, etc. This affects the texture of your nails and also, it makes them weak and brittle.

5. Don't Bite Your Nails:-

Biting nails is unhealthy. It makes your nails ugly. The habit of biting nails shows poor personality and low self-confidence.

6. Apply Moisturizer:-

Do not forget to pamper your finger nails by applying a good moisturizer. Avoid use of excessive perfumed lotions with alcohol contents, especially if your nails are weak and brittle.

7. Trim Your Nails:-

Make sure to trim your finger nails regularly to avoid breaking off. You can cut your finger nails in a square or rounded shape. Keep it short.

8. Let Your Nails Breathe:-

You should maintain regular gaps between applying nail polish. This will allow your nails to breathe and hence, reduce the possibility of drying, chipping and discoloration.

9. Trim Your Nail Cuticles:-

You should trim your nail cuticles atleast once in a week by using a cuticle clipper. To soften your cuticles, you can use specific cuticle creams available in the market.

More on Nail Care Tips:-

1. Do not file you nails just after you have had your shower or when your hands are wet. This is because wet nails tend to break easily.

2. You should stay away from the use of an acetone-based or formaldehyde-based nail-polish remover. Rather, stick to a remover that has acetate in it.

3. When you are filing your nails, just make sure to go in one direction only. Do not move the filer in a back-and-forth motion This will make your nails brittle.

4. Keep your nails strong and shiny with the help of nail buffer. Nail buffing also stimulates the blood circulation and thus, the growth of healthier nails.