Tips On Nail Care

Important tips on nail care

Taking care of hands and nails is not always given priority, but it falls very high in the hierarchy of the beauty regimen.

Just like the skin, nails can also peel, break and get infected. Manicures and cosmetic procedures  can be done especially at nail spa’s and you too can keep them healthy by undertaking regular grooming, trimming, painting and by treating minor nail problems. Nail health will be promoted by taking good care of your nails, which is sure to fetch you some compliments as well.

One easy way besides regular proper nail care, is to drink lots of water. Water will keep your nails and skin on your hands hydrated.

Another grandma’s trick for healthy nails, is to drink lots of fresh carrot juice daily. Equal care should be given to toe nails.

Before we list the do’s and dont’s of nail care, one small warning… make sure that your nail salon follows hygienic practices.

Do’s and Don’t’s of Nail Care

We do not need to visit the nail parlour regularly to take care of our nails. Some steps can be taken to have gorgeous nails all week long...

•    Regularly moisturize the nail cuticle area to prevent cracking and peeling which can hurt the matrix of the nail. You can use coconut oil, jojoba oil or any other natural oil for this.

•    You can coat the outside of the nails with clear polish or ridge fillers, which can help prevent breaking and splitting.

•    Wear gloves to protect nails and cuticles from housework, gardening and washing dishes.

•    Apply hand cream frequently, especially after you have washed your hands, paying special attention to the cuticle area.

•    Meticulously clean all nail care tools and change files often. Bacteria and other microbes can get transferred via the nail tools you use. A sanitizer spray can be bought at most nail shops.

•    Disinfect any cuts in the cuticle and treat ingrown nails as soon as possible.

•    Wear a sunscreen during the day on your hands and cuticles to prevent sun damage and reapply after washing your hands.

•    Do not use your nails as tools for trying to pry things open. Using your nails in this manner can destroy your nail matrix and can even have an effect of nail growth and strength.

•    Do not soak your nails for long periods of time. Never use any kind of soap or detergent while soaking, this is because nails become engorged with water and weaken. The longer soap or detergent is in contact with your skin and nails, the greater the risk of damaging the nail and cuticle structure.

•    Do not overuse any kind of nail Polish remover; use a minimal amount and avoid getting too much on the cuticle or skin.

•    Do not push the cuticle back too far. Leave the cuticle alone as far as possible. Trim only the part of the cuticle which has started to lift away from the nail.

•    Do not pull or tear at hang nails. Always gently cut them away, leaving the cuticle area intact and as untampered with as possible.

•    Do not ignore nail or cuticle inflammation. Any visible and persisting change in the nail’s appearance calls for a visit to the dermatologist.

•    Do not use cheap nail polish, this will just harm the nail matrix.

Artificial nails

If fitted properly, they are usually not problematic. However long term use and poorly fitted nails can seriously damage the nail bed and hamper natural nail growth.

The most common problem associated with artificial nails is a bacterial infection that may develop between the fake and natural nail.


By Poonam Bindra

Other pages in connection with this page

* How to treat an ingown toenail naturally. 

* Swollen itchy hands

* Anti-aging hand cream

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