Take care of your fingernails

Taking care of your nails is just as important as taking care of your skin. Besides nobody wants to see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual colour or shape right?
So what’s the secret to it? How do we take good care of our nails?
Not to worry, website www.mayoclinic.org reports the do’s and don’ts for healthy nails that might help you down the line.
Fingernail care: Do’s
To keep your fingernails looking their best:
1. Keep fingernails dry and clean — this prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.
2. Practice good nail hygiene — use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve.
3. Use moisturiser – when you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
4. Apply a protective layer — applying a nail hardener might help strengthen nails.
5. Ask your doctor about biotin – some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.
Fingernail care: Don’ts
To prevent nail damage, don’t:
1. Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles — these habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
2. Pull off hangnails — you might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
3. Use harsh nail care products — limit your use of nail polish remover. When using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula.
4. Ignore problems — if you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.
A note about manicures and pedicures
1. If you rely on manicures or pedicures for healthy-looking nails, keep a few things in mind. Stick to salons that display a current state license, and work only with technicians also licensed by the state board. Don’t have your cuticles removed – they act to seal the skin to the nail plate, so removal can lead to nail infection. Also, make sure your nail technician properly sterilizes all tools used during your procedure to prevent the spread of infection.
2. You might also ask how the foot baths are cleaned. Ideally, a bleach solution is used between clients and the filters are cleaned regularly. It’s easy to neglect your nails – but taking some basic steps can keep your fingernails healthy and strong.

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