Nails are a major focal point of the beauty industry, so having a healthy set of nails is essential now more than ever. Since the seasonal shift, and decline in temperature, exposing yourself to harsher weather conditions takes its toll, especially on your hands. Winter is the perfect time to adopt new nail care methods to give your nails a boost from the inside out.
Keep Your Fingernails Clean & Dry
Try not to overdo hand washing and limit contact with chemical cleaners. You want to minimize water exposure to your nails. Constant wetting & drying dehydrates the your nail bed, which can cause nails to become brittle, dry, cracked or even start to peel. Wear gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or handling harsh chemicals. If you work in a field that requires a lot of hand washing, slather on some lotion to try and make up for it.
Take a Vitamin Supplement
Biotin is a B vitamin that is found naturally in a number of foods, but is also available as a supplement. It benefits your hair, skin and nails, may increase nail thickness and can help prevent nails from splitting and breaking. There isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to rate the effectiveness of Biotin and nail growth, but a lot of nail techs will tell you that it helps. Just make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any vitamin or other supplement.
Keep The Nails Trimmed
We all love long nails but shorter nails are more neat, natural-looking and healthy. Trimming nails regularly helps you to maintain healthy nails and helps to avoid snagging or breaking.Use a fine file to smooth out the edges of your nails.
Wear Gloves While Doing The Dishes
While doing some household chores, it is always a good idea to protect your hands and nails by wearing a pair of gloves while washing the dishes because the chemicals in the cleansers and detergents may prove extremely damaging for your fingernails.It weakens your nails and makes them dry.
Cleaning and washing can have a devastating effect, ruining the nails. The constant contact with water, detergents and dust will slowly cause damage. To avoid it completely, rubber gloves should be used even for common tasks such as dishwashing. They will protect the nails and the hand from the contact with the chemicals and thus preserving the health of the nails.
As one of the healthy nail care tips, doctors recommend that you avoid any chances of nail infections such as bacterial and virus infections. Infections can appear from biting your nails, sharing your nail file and washing your nails with dirty water. There is the need therefore to have your own tool kit and own nail polish to help minimize this.
Moisturize Your Nails and Cuticle
Moisturizing your nails will help nails grow and make cuticles look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture. If your nails are breaking every now and then, it could mean they need moisture and putting oil or cream around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail, which will reduce the incidence of chipping, cracking, and splitting. Olive oil is one of the great moisturizers for healthy nails and before going to bed you can use this oil to keep your nails well moisturized.